June 12, 2018
Over the past few of years, I have really gotten into reading! Growing up, I was never much of a reader, but thankfully I have now found just how relaxing, and mind freeing, reading is for me. I have been wanting to share with you few a few of the books that I have been reading lately. After thinking about it, I decided that it would be fun to put together a little Summer 2018 Reading List, including some of the books I have read recently and a few that are on my list for this summer!
Before you get too far into this post, I couldn’t continue without first warning you that although I have become more of a reader, I generally stick with a couple of similar genres. Self-help and spiritual books are some of my favorites. I love learning about entrepreneurship, how I can foster healthier emotions and understanding Christianity. On the contrary, when it comes to fiction, I prefer to read thrillers. Something that sucks me in and I spend 2 days reading a book nonstop, without putting it down.
Lately, I have also been trying to journal a little more. I find it so helpful and along with reading and learning, reflection has become essential for me. This blog is often like a journal, but I have found that having a personal journal to share my thoughts in has helped me to wrap my mind around common problems, and things that way heavy on my heart, a little bit more.
Friend of Sinners
Rich Wilkerson is an author, and speaker, who I can truly connect with. Preachers often lose me earlier on in their sermon or discussion, however, Rich’s realness and vulnerability to imperfection is something that I think most Christians can truly relate to. This book is a testament to his authenticity and such an inspirational read. In Friend of Sinners, Rich shares the relationship that Jesus has with us and the relationships that he had during his time on earth. He is, in fact, a friend of sinners and I found so much comfort in this book. Such an easy, and relatable, exploration of Jesus, our friend! Loved this read so much!
The Gifts of Imperfection
Brené Brown. Need I say more? I have always heard so much about Brené and finally decided to read one of her books. I started with The Gifts of Imperfection, despite the constant chatter about Rising Strong and several of her other books. This book left me praying that the rest could live up to the standards she set with this read. Although I feel that I have read some pretty great books, over the last few years, nothing will ever hold a candle to this book! Brown discusses so many topics that many of us struggle within our daily lives. Things such as Self-Compassion, Authenticity, Joy, Gratitude, the need for Play and so much more. If there is one book recommendation that you take from me, let it be this one.
This book has inspired so much thought and personal exploration in my own life. See a few of my thoughts, inspired by this book, here.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
I first saw this book on Emily Schuman’s Instagram story and just knew I had to read it. Undoubtedly, I’m attracted to self-help books, religious reads and anything about psychotic killers. One heck of a combination, I know, but we gotta keep it interesting and inspirational. If you know what I mean? With that said, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is the first crime book I have read, that is based on a true story. The way that Michelle McNamara integrates her personal passion and way with words, alongside real moments, facts and evidence, is just unlike anything else. If you have any desire to learn more about the Golden State Killer or are just looking for a very interesting read, this is a must!
Summer Reading List
I’m all about book recommendations. For some reason, I don’t find myself wandering through Barnes and Noble and picking up things I have never heard of before. My reading list is usually inspired or recommended! This book, however, is sort of recommended- I mean everyone loves Brené Brown, but I haven’t quite heard so much about this one. As I mentioned before, I have been doing my best to work my way through her collection and I wanted to start with some of her older books. You know, start from the beginning kind of thing! This one is next on my list and I can’t wait to pick it up, as soon as I wrap up I’ll Be Gone in the Dark!
Have you read this one?!
The Woman in the Window
This too is a recommendation and for some reason, the source has slipped my mind! However, this book also falls into the Thriller genre, which gets me very excited! The summary shares the details of a recluse, spending her days in her NYC apartment, watching her new neighbors only see something she shouldn’t have! I’m dying to know what it is and read this book!
Home Sweet Maison
I’m a frequent listener of The Simple Sophisticate Podcast, after reading The Simply Luxurious Life, a few years ago. A few weeks ago, a podcast episode was inspired by this book, which left me dying to read more. This book is supposedly a guide to living like the French and transforming your house into a home. I have always desired to travel to France and admired many aspects of their daily life. I can’t wait to pick up this book a fuel my inspiration, along with finding new ways to live in the moment.
Something in the Water
This book comes from Reese Witherspoon’s book club! Although I am not an active member, I love following along her Instagram account to get inspiration and great book recommendations to add to my reading list. The June read for the book club is Something in the Water. This too is a psychological thriller. I know, you would have never guessed! (haha) After a significant find on their honeymoon and a young couple is left with a decision to make. You can read more about this book here!
I hope that you enjoyed taking a peek into my recent reads and summer reading list. I would love to know what you have been reading lately! Be sure to leave me your recommendations in a comment below! What is your favorite genre to read?
Reading List: Summer 2018