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BEGINNINGS OF A SUMMER READING LIST

As the May flowers approach full blossom, and the heat in Texas has us all pondering if this upcoming season will once again gain enough superpower to melt the soles of our shoes this go-around, most around these parts are preparing for the fact that school lets out for summer break tomorrow. While having more time with the family may take a change in your normal quiet time routine, this season brings an opportunity to read through a plethora of newly released, as well as up and coming authors to discover.

I thought I would take the time to share what is currently on ‘rough draft’ for my reading list this summer.

Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People
Written by: Bob Goff

”What happens when we stop worrying about a challenging world full of difficult people and instead simply love everybody? In the highly-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling phenomenon Love Does, here, Bob Goff takes readers on an entertaining, life-altering journey into the secret of living without fear, care, constraint, or worry.”

For those of you who have never had the experience of reading through a book by Goff, I encourage you to begin with ‘Love Does’ – you will not be disappointed.

 

If you would like to get your hands on a copy, there is a good deal here.

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The Summer Wives: A Novel
Written by: Beatriz Williams

”New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season—an electrifying postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island off the New England coast.”

This is a new author for me personally. One of the perks of working at a bookstore is the ability to get pre-releases, and that happens to be the case with this summer pick. So far, my attention has been held from what I have flipped through, though I will have to include an updated post after reading through the entirety of the novel.

 

If you would like to get your hands on a copy, there is a good deal here.

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There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story
Written by: Pamela Druckerman

”What are the modern forties, and what do we know once we reach them? What makes someone a “grown-up” anyway? And why didn’t anyone warn us that we’d get cellulite on our arms? Part frank memoir, part hilarious investigation of daily life, There Are No Grown-Ups diagnoses the in-between decade when…

• Everyone you meet looks a little bit familiar.
• You’re matter-of-fact about chin hair.
• You can no longer wear anything ironically.
• There’s at least one sport your doctor forbids you to play.
• You become impatient while scrolling down to your year of birth.
• Your parents have stopped trying to change you.
• You don’t want to be with the cool people anymore; you want to be with your people.
• You realize that everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently.
• You know that it’s ok if you don’t like jazz.

Internationally best-selling author and New York Times contributor Pamela Druckerman leads us on a quest for wisdom, self-knowledge and the right pair of pants. A witty dispatch from the front lines of the forties, There Are No Grown-ups is a (midlife) coming-of-age story, and a book for anyone trying to find their place in the world.”

The concept of “everyone is in this together” is one that generally appeals to me on all existing levels. This collection of essays conveys what it means to be human and what it means to be fallible without equaling failure.

 

If you would like to get your hands on a copy, there is a good deal here.

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These three books compiled make the beginnings of my summer reading list, and I cannot wait to share future reviews on this trio with you all!

What books are on your summer reading list?

 

                

 

 

 

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