Summer Readin'

Summer Readin'

Reading is a go-to for my self-care. I read a lot. If I were to describe an ideal calming moment it would be a rainy afternoon, piled under blankets, with no plans or meetings…just a good book. Ugh, heaven.  

Just because I run a self-care business, does not mean I spend all my time reading self-help books. I love a chewy, fun summer read just as much as the next person. (Though, if you’re looking for a good self-help recommendation, check out Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty. It’s packed with pearls of wisdom.)

Here are some “beach reads” that I’ve enjoyed from the last few months:

  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  • The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
  • Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

And a few “heavier” reads, if that’s your thing:

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

If you love to read too but find it hard to carve out the time, here are some tips to incorporate reading into your self-care routine: 

    • Download books for free from your library’s app. I use Libby and it’s fantastic. I can easily devour an author’s whole catalogue and I can search by my preferences with one click.
    • Try audiobooks. I love a good audiobook when I’m doing housework or walking the pups. (The Alchemist – my favorite book – is narrated by Jeremy Irons and his voice is so powerful that I think it helps to tell the story. And Wil Wheaton does an incredible job narrating Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and Ready Player Two, if you like SciFi.)
    • If you don’t like the book, stop reading it. I used to waste time forcing myself to finish books that I was not interested in. Eventually, the books would just pile up because I would lose motivation. If you’re not feeling it, just stop and move on to the next until you find one you like.
    • Keep a running list of “books to read” in the Notes app on your phone. Hear a good book recommendation on a podcast or from a friend? Add it to your list and the next time you feel like picking up a new book, you’ll have plenty to choose from.
    • Read before bed. You already know some of the benefits of reading before bed – like reduced screen time, relaxing your mind and body, etc. – so why not try it a few nights a week?

Do you love to read too? Let me know what you’re reading and I will pull together another book list soon.

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