My Summer Reading List

This summer I will probably end up reading more than these books, but I wanted to share some books I’m really excited about reading this summer. I would say the type of books I love to read are usually informative. I love self help books, non-fiction, a little bit of everything, but I also love a good romantic book (Elin Hildebrand is one of my favs). This summer, I decided I wanted to grow a little more, keep my creative spark, and feed my passions, so these are the books I can’t wait to read all about.

1. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

I decided to buy this book after watching her Netflix special, “The Call to Courage”. It spoke to my soul and the fact that she’s a researcher just gave me so much respect for her. I tend to hate motivational people who just preach cheesy stuff all day, I want the cold hard truth. I want you to lay it on the line, call me out, and give me the facts.

I think we all improve by looking inward and being self reflective. You have to examine yourself and see where you need to grow as a person based on your goals and values. I’m hoping this book will do that this summer and give me the courage to continue to be vulnerable here on my blog and in life.

2. Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Okay guys, I’m going to be honest, I really don’t want to read this book. I would not have wasted my money on it, but my mother bought it for me so I figured why not?! I know all the Rachel Hollis fans are writing me DM’s right now, but I really don’t think Rachel Hollis is that great. I read her first book while I was in Guatemala and yes, I liked it, but would I recommend it to people? Would I read it again? No.

To me, she is one of those cliche people who I see as just making money to say things I already know. In her book, she didn’t tell me anything that changed my life. She hardly told me anything I remember. I know this isn’t the case for everyone and I love that she motivates women to be their best selves and take chances, but I just don’t like the way she goes about it.

I want to give her a second chance and see how this book goes, but we’ll see if I make it the whole way through it.

3. Southern Living Magazine

This is the only magazine I ever read and probably ever will. Technically I live in the south, but not really…. This magazine has a little bit of everything I love; fashion, gardening, the best recipes ever, and travel. This magazine is fun to look through and keeps me inspired and don’t worry, I always recycle it when I’m done.

4. Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

I actually have this book signed by Gretchen Rubin. I have read her two other books, The Happiness Project as well as The Four Tendencies. She gives great advice and has a Ph.D in phycology which reflects in the way she writes. I love to read books by academics because they do their research to back up what they say and they usually write in a similar way to myself. This book specifically is about how organizing your life can help destress your life. If you have order in your home, schedule, etc, then you will have more peace of mind and less stress.

5. The Omnivorous Dilemma by Michael Pollan

This book is amazing. period. I have already started reading it and it’s a book made for Clark. This book is very academic heavy so if you don’t like to read about science and research I would say skip this book, but it is so interesting. This book is all about food; how we eat it, where it comes from, the agriculture industry, everything. Michael Pollan really dug into this book and wants the reader to think about our food and get connected with it and the choices we make. If you still want to learn more about the topic, he has a Netflix special called Cooked (the name of another book he has written) or you could watch Rotten on Netflix.

Honestly, I’m a really slow reader so this will probably be every book I read this summer, but I hope you guys find some of these good reads too. There’s a lot to learn from these books and I’m excited to see if I can read them all before my big girl job starts. I guess we’ll see!