Summer Reading

It is likely I have more time to read at any other time of the year, but summer beckons me to the hammock or supine in the sand with a book in hand in a way that is at once relaxing and liberating. Summer gives me permission to kick back and enjoy a good story.

I often have several books going at once, but at the moment I am deep in editing mode and my stack of books sits near my desk like a reward for a job well done.

Fresh off of yesterday's broadcast on NPR Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins makes the top of my list with its romantic notions of old time Hollywood and Italy, the lives of lovers and losers and it would seem a bit of sunshine.

Also just discovered the other day was The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks. I was reading an article written by Kate Northrup on The Daily Love and she mentioned having an "upper limit problem" which as outlined in this book I take to mean there are ways in which some people sabotage or put on the breaks when life is getting good and juicy. I do that. I'd like to not do that.

Also on my list are:

  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (this is a young adult trilogy so that could keep me busy for a while, but if it is anything like some of the other YA trilogies I've read recently I might just breeze right through it.)

  • Finding your Way in a Wild World by Martha Beck
  • A Lamp in the Darkness by Jack Kornfield (these two are along the lines self-help/self-improvement and I am always looking for ways to make my life a more positive expression of the gift that it is to be.

  • Spork-Fed: Super Fun and Flavorful Recipes from the Sisters of Spork Foods by Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg
  • Joy The Baker Cookbook by Joy Wilson (I absolutely LOVE reading cookbooks, drooling over photos of recipes and then planning menu after menu. I am not a great cook, but we've all got to eat in this house and that job falls to me, so I've tried to find ways to make it enjoyable.

  • The Hobbit by my favorite author (okay I probably say that about alot of authors, but I can have more than one favorite, because I said so) J.R.R. Tolkien (with my kids)

  • The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner (reread for writing project)
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben (ditto)
This is a hefty list what with all the writing, traveling and hanging with my kids I will be doing for the next couple months, but I look forward to those lazy summer days with nothing but sunshine, the seashore and a book.

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