When I was younger and we’d go on family vacations, we would always pack an entire suitcase full of books for my sisters and me to devour. We’re fast readers, so going through a book a day was not a problem. So for a two-week vacation, we’d have to bring quite a few books!
I don’t read that much anymore, unfortunately, but in the summer or on vacation, there are few things I find more relaxing than sitting by the pool, on the beach, on the balcony, or in the garden with a good book.
Here’s what’s on my reading list this summer! Some of these books I’ve already read, others I’m planning to – a few are downloaded and ready on my Kindle. 📚
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The Underground Railroad
I’ve recently signed up for a free trial of Audible, and this was my choice for my first audio book. It’s an amazing story, following Cora, a slave in Georgia, on her attempt to escape via the underground railroad. The underground railroad was a network of safe houses and secret routes, established by abolitionists to help slaves escape to free states. In the novel, it’s an actual underground railroad, which Cora and her friend, Caesar, use to escape from the plantation – but they are being hunted. The story is thrilling, heartbreaking at times, and really draws you in. If you’re into audio books, the performance by Bahni Turpin is excellent, too.
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I haven’t seen the film yet, but it’s most definitely on the list (and Reese Witherspoon is one of my faves!). So is this book, in which Cheryl Strayed recounts the story of how she decided to walk 1100 miles along the Pacific coast after she’s hit by some personal tragedies. It sounds like an amazingly inspirational story about finding yourself, and I can’t wait to read it. Should I watch the movie before or after I read the book?
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I’m Judging You
Luvvie Ajayi is that friend that tells you the harsh truths that you might not want to, but really need to hear. Her book had me laughing out loud virtually every other sentence, but there’s also some really deep truth in there that I think everyone needs to hear. Her description of what white privilege is was particularly enlightening to me. As one reviewer wrote: “Perfect for starting important and meaty discussions about all of the topics your mama told you never to bring up at polite dinner parties… religion, race, relationships, reality tv. Read the book. Have the discussions. You’ll be better for it.” I couldn’t agree more.
Every Body Yoga
I’ve recently discovered Jessamyn on Instagram and was instantly drawn in by her vibrant personality. This book is great for anyone who wants to learn how to practice yoga at home, but Jessamyn also shares personal stories about her life and her struggles with body image. I think this book is so crucial in an industry that’s currently so dominated by the image of super skinny girls – yoga is for everyone, no matter your background, body shape, or budget. A great book for yoga beginners and seasoned practitioners alike.
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson
I really like John Green’s writing (although I haven’t read his most famous novel, “The Fault in our Stars”), especially his ability to write quirky characters that you can’t help but root for. This is the story of two teenagers who have literally nothing in common but their name, Will Grayson. The book is structured in chapters alternating between the points of view of the two Wills, written by John Green and David Levithan. The two authors apparently didn’t plan anything but how the two Wills meet eventually, and it’s really fun to follow the story. A cute little poolside read.
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The Kennedy Brothers
I’ve mentioned before that I’m slightly obsessed with all things Kennedy – it’s not so much the clout of “Camelot” that fascinates me, but rather the persons behind it. Especially Bobby Kennedy has always intrigued me, as he was an imperfect human being, but had a strong sense of justice and a true desire to make things better for people. He saw himself as his brother’s keeper, and this book examines the complex relationship between him and JFK.
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Talking as fast as I can
I looooove the Gilmore Girls, even though – despite my best efforts – I could never quite manage to drink as much coffee as they did. I also believe that would be a hazard to anyone’s health. Lauren Graham, who is probably most famous for her role as Lorelai Gilmore, is apparently not only a super funny and talented actress, but also a great writer. This is a collection of personal essays, which I can’t wait to get my hands on!
What’s on your reading list this summer?
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