What’s on My Summer Reading List

What’s on My Summer Reading List

Summer is a great time to get into reading I think. It stays light out for longer, so maybe you need something to help you relax a little bit more before bed. Or maybe you like to sit outside in the backyard or on the beach and relax with a good book. Or maybe you enjoy reading first thing in the morning after you wake up to get you feeling creative for the day. Whatever the case is, I find that I enjoy reading a lot more during the summer. There seems to be more opportunity to take 30 minutes to read a chapter of a book. Today, I wanted to share with you a few books that I have sitting on my reading list for Summer 2020!

This Is Not A Fashion Story by Danielle Bernstein

If you follow any influencer on Instagram, you may have seen one of them talking about this book. Danielle Bernstein (@weworewhat on Instagram) is a Long Island native turned international fashion influencer and CEO. This is an incredible story of how she got to where she is today, running a clothing line, brand deals, a tech company and so many other projects. She shares the intimate details of her life including relationships, sex, business, life in New York City as a 20-something and all the juicy stories you could ask for. Based on reviews, it’s also incredibly inspiring to read her story because it’s so relatable. She has the same problems that you and I have, but she was extremely motivated and brave and created a life she could have never imagined. I’m a huge fan of Danielle Bernstein, so this book is at the top of my summer reading list!

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is a super famous author and has written tons of books on success. This book is specifically about people who have become incredibly successful because of more than just a little motivation and effort. This book discusses the absolute biggest and brightest stars, and how they became ultra successful. He’s exploring the question of, “What makes them different?” Why do these people become ultra successful while someone else is working in a grocery store? In this book, he dives a little bit deeper into not just the habits and personalities that can contribute to success, but also things like their upbringing, where they’re from, and what their parents were like. There are so many other factors that can play into success so I thought this summer was a great time to explore them through this book.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

I’ve got another Malcolm Gladwell book topping my summer reading list! This one discusses how when it comes to success, there is usually a “tipping point” where the idea becomes more than just an idea. It’s the moment when you realize that the video you posted is about to go viral, or your new product is going to be a best seller. It’s after the innovators and early adopters have already approved of your new idea and it starts catching on the masses. The reason why one person started making whipped coffee and now I can’t go one morning without making myself one. This book discusses viral trends in business, marketing and human behavior, how they got there, and what reaching the tipping point can mean for your business. I read this book in college but really didn’t understand it back then, so now that I have a different focus, I think this book would be such an interesting read now that I can relate it to the future of my blog.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

This one was actually recommended to me by 2 friends who had recently read/heard about it and I thought I would include it on my list. This one is memoir about a woman on her journey to be her absolute truest self. It’s about letting go of all your expectations and who you think you’re supposed to be so that you can be the person you always were underneath all the pressure that was weighing you down. It’s about letting go of “being good” and just being who you are. I think this one could be a really interesting read because it’s a memoir and not your typical self help book. It’s about getting to read the intimate details of someone’s life and saying to yourself, “I know exactly what you mean” because you’ve struggled with the same thoughts. This sounds like the kind of book that I wouldn’t be able to put down and I’m looking forward to reading it!

Educated by Tara Westover

This one is another memoir and it was actually very popular last year! This one is the story of girl who grew up in a family of survivalists who after seeing her brother go to college, decides to get educated herself. It’s a story of discovering that there’s more out than than what she thought, as well as a story of family and growth. It’s a NY Times Best Seller and with good reason. This is a book that I’ve passed in book stores for about a year, reading the summary, picking it up and eventually putting it down before leaving. It’s a book that I never felt I was quite ready to read but I’ve decided that this summer I’m going to read it. It sounds like such an incredible book and I’m excited to add it to my summer reading list.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Now I’m not normally one to read fiction books, but this year I’ve decided to give it a chance. This book was actually turned into a show on Hulu that just came out, so I thought it would be a good time to read this one! This one is about a boy and a girl who are about as opposite as it gets, but they are constantly drawn to each other and build a really strong connection. It’s called a story of “mutual fascination, friendship and love” which I think could be really intriguing so I’m looking forward to giving this one a shot!

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I have heard tons of great reviews about this book from bloggers I follow on Instagram so I wanted to include it on my list. This one is also a NY Times Best Seller, it’s another fiction book and was even recommended by Reese Witherspoon! It’s a story about a small town, the “Marsh Girl” who lives alone in a marsh near by, and a possible murder. It’s described as a coming of age story and an “ode to the natural world”. It sounds like it could be a really riveting tale so I’m excited to pick this one up also!

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My Summer Reading List

My Summer Reading List

This summer, I’ve been doing a little bit of reading and I’ve added quite a few books to my summer reading list. So today, I thought I would share some of the books I’ve read so far and the ones that are still on my list to read. Let me know if you’ve read any of these in the comments!

What I’ve Read:

To start off this summer, I was reading Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler. This book is exactly what it says it is. It gives you the tools you need to have successful crucial conversations (the really tough ones, about sensitive topics that could make or break your relationship with the other person). Now, I knew going into this, that this book was not going to be something I genuinely enjoy reading, but I wanted to learn the skills it has to offer. The authors are great because they go really in depth about why we are usually not good at having these crucial conversations, and they give you lots of tips and tools for how to make those conversations go smoothly. These tips are excellent if you can take the time to remember them and implement them in your daily life. I think they are skills that every person should at least try to have because I think they can be really effective when done right!

After that, I started reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. As I’ve mentioned before I’m a big fan of books that are based around scientific research so this one was right up my alley. Kahneman and one of his associates, along with tons of other researchers, spent a good portion of their life’s work studying probability and trying to figure out why humans make some of the decisions that we do. They discovered that we have 2 brain systems, one that makes decisions quickly, almost automatically, and the other requires more effort to come to a final conclusion. However, depending on the situation, we don’t always use the correct system, and they were studying why that is. This book is a surprisingly easy read even with all the scientific jargon and while it’s absolutely massive, it’s not as daunting as it seems. If you’re into the workings of the brain and why we do the things we do, this is a book you should definitely get your hands on.

What’s On My List:

I’ve got a few books left on my list, of all different genres so I’m linking them here for you! I’ve been in the mood to switch things up and try reading fiction books again so that’s what I’m thinking of next, but I’ve got so many that I want to read so it’s always a tough choice. I probably will not get through these for the rest of the summer, but at least I can read them into the fall!

Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen is about a young woman who moves to New York City and finds herself working for the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and through all the drama of her new life figures out how to find success in this new world of hers.

Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller was recommended to me by a friend and I’m finally (almost) getting around to reading it. This book is about his journey to create stronger connections and find real satisfaction in all aspects of his life, family and career.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl is a memoir about his time in Auschwitz during WW2 and finding meaning in the suffering he endured so he could eventually overcome it and move forward in his life.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer is about a 9 year old boy who searches all over New York City to find a missing key to a lock left by his dad after dying in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He meets all kinds of survivors on his journey for this key and along the way comes to terms with his grief.

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