Summer is the perfect time of year to grab a book, find a beautiful location out of doors, and indulge for hours. I love reading in the open air, whether in a lush garden, at the pool, or simply on my patio.
So far, my reading has be pretty eclectic this summer. Here are some I've read and some I'm looking forward to digging into:
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
- I've mentioned this one in my last post. It's a super quick read and perfect for the beach or if you want to grab something light for an afternoon laugh.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett- This is a classic and I grabbed it in the children's section of Barnes & Noble when shopping with my daughter but it's free on Amazon for Kindle! What a score! It's fun to go back and read classics as an adult because you see everything from a different perspective. You're reading it as a new person. What did Alice in Wonderland say? "I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then."
The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank - This is another classic worth a re-read, especially during our current economic atmosphere. It's important to remember that everyone deserves kindness. The pureness of Anne's heart remained despite the hatred- she was so wise beyond her years. If I could travel back in time I would snatch her up under my wing.
Walking by Henry David Thoreau - Walking is considered to by Thoreau's "other masterpiece" aside from Walden. Thoreau wrote his Walking essay on his deathbed and was published posthumously. It's a reflection on the importance of nature and what truly matters in life. I have a fascination on "final thoughts" before the end of one's life. I feel like the wisdom of a person at the end of their life is far greater than at any other point. Faced with the end of all of this, it's a pure reflection of what truly matters. This is a short read (112 pages) and I highly recommend it!
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictonary by Simon Winchester - I listened to this book on Audible because I didn't think I'd finish it if I read it. Ha. I was probably right. It was simultaneously the most boring yet interesting read, which fascinated me. Did you know someone who committed murder and spent most of his life in prison, helped write the dictionary from in his cell? I recommend it if you like whimsical knowledge.
What's on my list:
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover - I bought this book at Barnes & Noble on a whim because it was on my list and I saw it staring at me as I walked by. Normally, I would've downloaded it on my Kindle but I'm excited to have a hard copy so I can lend it out when I'm done. It's one of the books of the year. Tara was raised by survivalists in the mountains of Idaho. She never went to a hospital or received medical attention, she was schooled by her parents- only topics they chose to teach her. After a wild childhood ride on the mountain, isolated from society, she managed to get away and teach herself enough to take the ACT and get into college! She made something of herself despite the odds. It's an inspiring story that confirms it doesn't matter where you've come from, you are in charge of your future.
Woman Last Seen In Her Thirties by Camille Pagan -
This book looks like a light read and fairly humorous and inspiring. She's 53 and her husband unexpectedly leaves her. She realizes she's been living and caring for everyone else and starts on a journey to build a life of her own that she loves. It's a reminder that we, ourselves, matter too and not to lose yourself in others.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Another classic! This is my summer of classics if you can't tell. I'm so excited to re-read this as an adult!
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson - This is a short book I plan to listen to on Audible by recommendation. It's a mystery written in 1962 involving a family dying of arsenic and someone attempting to get in on the family's fortune.
Roots & Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons by Christie Purifoy - This book has been on my To Be Read list for a long time, possible years. Actually, I just looked and it's been on my kindle wish-list for 2 years 2 days ago!! I first heard the author, Christie, on a podcast (I want to say it was The Simple Show) and she talked about how she moved to this house and wrote a book about slowing down, enjoying the seasons, finding a slower rhythm with her family and just living simply, yet well. I immediately added it to my list and I think this is the summer I'm going to dig in.
Which books are on your reading list this summer? Let me know if you've read any of these or if you plan to! I love talking books!