Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer Bookshelf


“I’m starting a Book Club!” I’ve proclaimed many times, and have thus enjoyed a few awesome book club evenings with amigas.  As it turns out, many of my friends have moved away.  Between the seasonal life & being a mom, it’s hard to keep anything consistent going.  I Iove book club because it motivates me to actually finish.

My sights are usually set too high (working on lowering expectations.  repeat..repeat.)  Notorious for crating around books and adventuring/writing too much- trying to improve with finishing what I start!  Apparently, it helps to choose books that I really WANT to read.  Like...

I just started this collection of essays by Glennon Doyle Melton, who like many, is recovering.  After watching her TED Talk, I wanted to hear more from this woman to whom I relate to.  Her accounts are refreshing - I laugh, cringe, cry, and feel a bit better about my story while reading.  Her frank humor about the same insecurities and struggles that so many young women have is refreshing in a world of people who are pretending online. 
“Glennon embodies all that we want to be and fear we are not: she is authentic, funny, loving, and resilient in the face of extraordinary challenges.  But the magic of Carry On, Warrior, is that by the time you finish the book, you realize you are all those things, and more.   It is a book that actually makes you feel that you are loved and cherished.  Has a book ever accomplished anything more marvelous than that?  -Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers (On the back cover)

If you’re reading it too, let’s discuss!

Other summer perusals on my docket:

::A River Runs Through It

::Wheat Belly & Food Rules (love always)

::Moving Toward Balance- Yoga with Rodney Yee (I’ve been working with this book on & off for a couple years, and it is beautiful, introspective, and detailed in the best kind of way)

::Introvert Advantage (many friends and loves are introverted, I'm high extrovert.  Hope to understand more.)

::Cutting for Stone (I was supposed to read this for carpool book club and have been hanging onto it for some time.  Great reviews so far...)

::Bebe Day By Day & Re-reading Bringing Up Bebe (this book is great for any mother embarking on toddlerdom, or sooner, wanting to maintain independence and work on communication with her child)

Tell me, what is on your bookshelf this summer?  
I would love to hear your recommendations! 

Also, Goodreads is an inspiring way to share books with friends and get a little more motivation to read.

Thanks to the avid readers in my life who encourage me to sit down and soak up.  The image above was in my latest purchase at Shakespeare & Co.  Xoxo

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