I've been a long time reader. My parents can attest to the countless vacations we took while growing up, where instead of enjoying family activities- you'd find me lost in a book. I'd huff and puff if you asked me to put it down. But the older I've gotten, the more my reading has come to a halt. I've had less time, less motivation, and technology has me looking at a screen more often than the pages of a book. But the last year I've really been trying to change that. If you've read my post all about incorporating self-care into your day, you know that this year, I've made it a point to give myself a little more me-time. So, I've been reading every morning. I wake up, pour myself a cup of coffee, sit on the porch, and enjoy a good book for about twenty minutes before work. Since I've started the routine, I've had the chance to read so many more titles! So, I thought I'd share my top favorites with you guys. If you can get a chance to read some of these before summer is over and your days of sun-bathing with a book in hand are over- I highly suggest it!
by Jon Krakauer
One of my favorite parts of the BlogHer 17 annual blogging conference, was hearing from Amy Ziering about the production and stories behind The Hunting Ground. It's a documentary bringing to light the cover-ups, rationalizations, victim-blaming, and denial that college campuses have long-time taken part in. Jon Krakauer's Missoula does the same. While Krakauer is most widely known for his titles Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, Missoula is a title of different proportions. It focuses on uncovering the truths and sharing the stories of real victims of rape in the college town, and acts as a tool of enlightenment when it comes to the injustice that these women face. It's a real eye-opening read that I wish more people would be open to. I could only imagine how far we could come, if everyone was just a little more informed when it came to these issues. This book is real, informative, and serves an amazing social purpose.
by Rupi Kaur
I'm such a huge poetry lover, and even more now that we have such amazing female-advocating poets like the lovely Canadian, Rupi Kaur at the forefront. Milk and Honey was such a phenomenal collection, so of course I can't wait for The Sun and Her Flowers to be released this October. I've already pre-ordered my copy, and you can too by clicking the link below. Kaur's poetry brings wisdom into words and speaks gently, emphatically, and eloquently all at once. She speaks truth of womanhood, love, loss, and healing. It's the deepest collection divided into chapters with different purposes. It's gut wrenching, relatable, and thought provoking- and truly the most spiritually rewarding collection of poetry I've had the pleasure of reading. I'm proud that fearless women like this exist; women who are so willing to share their pain and suffering, to bring to light the issues that women face and most importantly the way we overcome. There's a reason it's on the New York Times Bestsellers List. READ THIS BOOK.
by Tana French
I was first introduced to Tana French's 'Dublin Murder Squad' through my subscription to Book of the Month Club- which if you aren't a member of, I HIGHLY suggest you give it a try! Each month they send you a new book in the mail. I always joke that growing up, we were excited for an email in our inbox and much less charmed by something in our mailbox. Now as an adult, I'm disappointed by my full inbox and giddy to receive mail. This was the first of the Dublin series I read, but luckily, they don't have to be read in any particular order. French's novel The Trespasser is chilling and terrific. Two detectives find themselves on the scene of what first seems like a standard domestic call, but quickly turns into a discombobulated murder guessing game. It's really easy to find yourself emerged in, with its winding plot. It leaves you wanting even more mystery, which is perfectly fine because French has a whole series of incredible 'Murder Squad' novels you can delve into.
by Jojo Moyes
At the end of every trip I take to Asheville, (which is like three times a year now) I always make it a point to stop by Malaprops and pick up a new book. Every time, I choose a title from their staff-faves, or 'blind-book-dates' and they never disappoint. This book was a staff favorite I picked up on a trip last spring. It's actually a really atypical book for me to read, but I couldn't have enjoyed it more. The story line is centered around a mother whose life seems pretty in shambles. She's raising two children on her own because their father skipped out, her oldest is being bullied, and her youngest is basically a kid math genius whom she can't afford to take her daughter to the Math Olympiad on her house-keeping wages. She's at rock bottom until in hops in a geeky tech millionaire. It's such a romantic and quirky title, in the least corny way. It's certainly not one I'd ever have seen myself enjoying- but it's a real feel-good read with well-developed characters, and consistent humor. Totally worth reading.
Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential
by Peg Dawson, EdD, and Richard Guard, PhD
This is actually a title I finished last November, but I only wish I could have read it last summer prior to the start of the school year. If you have children, and could only afford the time to read one of the books on this list- I'd ABSOLUTELY recommend reading this one. It's hands down, the most enlightening parenting book I've had the opportunity to read. I picked it up after a friend (who is a child psychologist) suggested it to me. I found myself struggling throughout last school year with how to help Ry battle through some of the attention, organization, and self-esteem issues; that were greatly impacting his behavior as a whole and his performance at school.
After reading this book and putting the practices into action we saw SO MANY major improvements in Ry's behavior, and coping skills. It's definitely a title I'd suggest to anyone who'd like more insight on how to provide their child with the skills to become more organized, responsible, accountable, and in control.
I was a big fan of all of these titles, and recommend that you give them a chance before your sunny reading days come to a close. Each one is unique in genre, but all are amazing reads.
I'm gonna keep reading my little heart out and will keep you updated on all of my upcoming favorites. Until then, give these ones a try and let me know how you like them! Or drop me some suggestions for future reads in the comments section below! Can't wait to hear from you!