Summer reading. The dreaded words in middle and high school but a sweet sound to the ears as an “adult.” Anyone else feel that way?
It’s not always easy to make time to read for fun, but if you’re not in school and work a regular job, it’s a little easier to pick up a book before bed or on the weekends, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Having a Kindle has helped me up my reading too– a must-have for the frequent traveler or anyone with a lengthy commute! I’ve personally found that I fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly when I read before bed, plus reading more = expanding your scope of knowledge. And who doesn’t want to do that? (Side note: I have the Merriam Webster app on my phone to look up any new-to-me words/the Kindle does this for you!)
I personally like to alternate between fiction and non-fiction… I’m currently reading both 41: A Portrait of My Father and The Royal We (I don’t generally read two books at once… not sure how this happened) and both are nice and light, with the former being a little more historically significant, as you’d imagine. As for what’s next…I’ve had a copy of Water for Elephants for over a year and haven’t picked it up, keep hearing great things about The Girl on the Train, and am looking forward to more presidential memoirs and recounts. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and The Paris Wife were two of my favorite books in 2014… check them out if you haven’t already :)
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing– This book is all the rage (in a good way) and has inspired so many people to declutter their belongings. I’m decent at removing clutter but could use a deep clean…hopefully this book helps!
The Royal We– A fictional must-read if you can’t get enough of the Royal Family. *raises hand*
The Paris Wife– Everyone seems to have read it in the last couple of years but it lives up to the hype… a taste of Hemingway with a twist.
The Girl on the Train– Can’t wait to check this one out… apparently it’s also really good to listen to on tape!
41: A Portrait of My Father– A quick read and really thoughtful, regardless of where you stand politically.
Water for Elephants– Had the book forever and need to pick it up! Heard it’s a goodie… anyone read it?
Where’d You Go, Bernandette?– This seemed to be last summer’s beach read and I think it’s wonderful.
Reagan: The Life– Next up in my presidential book kick.
So what about you? Are you much of a reader and if so, how do you fit it in to your busy schedule? Any other books you recommend we check out?!
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