It currently feels like summer here in Kentucky. It’s 80° outside right now as I write this post. So, I thought it was time for me to get a head start on my summer reading list. I will admit that I was truly in over my head this year when it came to reading. I thought I could conquer the reading world. But I realized that my love and passion for reading had been taken over by podcasts. Don’t get me wrong – I do love to read. But lately, I’ve loved listening to podcasts even more. It’s kind of ironic that I don’t like listening to audiobooks since I love podcasts so much. But I’d just rather have a book in my hand.
So instead of my crazy goal of reading 100 books this year (you can read more about that in my 2017 goals update).I’ve decided to take a simpler approach to reading for the rest of 2017. I’ve chosen to read a total of twenty-five books this year instead of 100. It’s a lot more reasonable and attainable for me right now.
My summer reading list includes a few of the books that I’ve had on my to-read list for a while. There is a wide range of books from fiction to health to minimalism. All of these books are also on my Goodreads to-read list. Below are the books I’m reading this summer, along wth a short synopsis from Goodreads or Amazon so you can see if it’s something you want to read as well!
books i’m reading this summer:
1 | chasing slow: courage to journey off the beaten path by Erin Loechner
Follow along as Erin Loechner takes you on her path from a fast and frenzied life to a newly discovered mindset. Offering a refreshing perspective on priorities, struggles and strength, she reveals the essence of present-minded enlightenment through her courageous journey.
2 | mastering your mean girl: the no-bs guide to silencing your inner critic and becoming wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy, and bursting with love by Melissa Ambrosini
You know that sneaky voice inside your head telling you that you’re not good enough, smart enough, skinny enough, whatever enough? That’s your Mean Girl. And she’s doing her best to keep you stuck in Fear Town, too scared to go after the life you always imagined.
3 | aim true: love your body, eat without fear, nourish your spirit, discover true balance! food by Kathryn Budig
Whether your goal is to love who you are right now, reshape the way you view food, develop a meditation practice, or discover new ways to embrace the great balancing act that is life, this holistic approach to yoga, diet, and mindfulness has something for you. Filled with vibrant photographs and whimsical illustrations, this guide is as beautiful as it is life-changing.
4 | joyous health: eat and live well without dieting by Joy McCarthy
Joyous Health is a fresh new approach to eating that will change the way you think about food and what you eat, and it offers a simple and practical path to creating a healthy lifestyle.
5 | uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love.
6 | love x style x life by Garance Doré
Love Style Life is a backstage pass behind fashion’s frontlines, peppered with French-girl-next-door wit and advice on everything from mixing J.Crew with Chanel, to falling in love, to pursuing a life and career that is the perfect reflection of you.
7 | it was me all along: a memoir by Andie Mitchell
A young food blogger shares her inspiring story of incredible weight loss–a journey from nearly 300 pounds to losing more than half her size–and establishing a healthy and confident relationship with food. Her story is at once familiar and inspiring to millions who have struggled with weight and self-image issues. Andie is a powerful motivator who bravely bares all to help others.
8 | lazy perfection: the art of looking great without really trying by Jenny Patinkin
Every woman wants to look like the best version of herself-natural, radiant, and confident. But who has the time to master complicated makeup steps or the patience to sift through the glut of choices at the beauty counters? Celebrated makeup artist Jenny Patinkin cuts through the confusion and clutter with her “lazy perfection” approach to beauty, replacing complex techniques and hard-to-wear trends with a streamlined, sophisticated approach to makeup.
9 | the honest life: living naturally and true to you by Jessica Alba
The Honest Life recounts Alba’s personal journey of discovery and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real, and stylish, while offering a candid look inside her home and daily life. She shares strategies for maintaining a clean diet (with favorite family-friendly recipes) and embraces nontoxic choices at home and provides eco-friendly decor tips to fit any budget. Alba also discusses cultivating a daily eco beauty routine, finding one’s personal style without resorting to yoga pants, and engaging in fun, hands-on activities with kids. Her solutions are easy, chic, and down-to-earth: they’re honest. And discovering everyday ways to live naturally and authentically―true to you―could be honestly life-changing.
10 | everything that remains: a memoir by the minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
So, when everything was gone, what was left? Not a how-to book but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn’s best friend of twenty years.
Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, what’s on your summer reading list?