Summer Reading List

June 1, 2015 | Journey, Misc

Now that I’ve screwed my head back on and I’m out of the fog that finishing/selling a flip always ends up being, I’m on a self-improvement kick.  As the daughter of a librarian, I’m embarrassed to say that reading has fallen out of my schedule almost completely.  With the sun shining and technology screens that are unreadable outside on a glorious day, what better time to go analog and pick up a book.

1.  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

tidying up

Ask Hubby- I am a die-hard believer that your environment has a profound affect on your daily life.  If my house is a mess, generally, so I am I and it’s not pretty.  I’ve been hearing people rave about this book like crazy lately and I’ve been eager to dive in!  I may already be halfway through this one.  While I may not necessarily agree with the author that balling my socks together makes them depressed (maybe I want depressed socks- makes it easier for me to walk all over them), she has some very poignant ideas about how to approach cleaning up your space.  Does this item bring me joy?  I 100% agree with her on the basic philosophy of this book: Clear your clutter, clear your mind.  Do yourself and your home a favor and read it.

2.  The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

miracle morning

I’m sure I’m not the only entrepreneur who struggles with setting a daily routine.  It’s far too easy to treat every day like a lazy Sunday morning.  When you finally start being productive, half the day is gone!  I’m working to nip this in the bud and wake up bright eyed and ready for the day (more or less).  I heard the author interviewed on my fave podcast, The Lively Show and I’m sold.  Now I just need to read the book!

3.  Where’d You Go, Bernadette

bernadette

Mysteries are my favorite.  Books or TV shows (how am I just now finding out about Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries??).  So when I heard about this book I was instantly intrigued.  It seems like a bit of mystery, a bit of humor, wrapped up in a very clever package.  I would expect nothing less from an author who has also written for several successful sitcoms.

4.  The Paris Wife

paris wife

I want this book to be wonderful so badly, that I’ll be disappointed if it’s not.  This historical fiction is the story of the romance of Earnest Hemingway and his wife as told through her eyes.  I’m also a huge sucker for historical fiction and beautiful book covers.

5.  Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

pretend

I can’t explain why I haven’t read this book yet.  I’ve been reading the Bloggess for years, so I really have no excuse.  She’s hilarious and honest and addicted to weird taxidermied animals and if you aren’t familiar with her, do yourself a favor and head over to her blog.  With her next book coming out in the fall, now’s the perfect time to catch up!

Have you read any of these yet?  I’d love to hear about any good books you’ve read lately and what’s on your summer reading list!

3 thoughts on “Summer Reading List”

  1. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened made me laugh out loud. I’m looking forward to her next book, too!

    I’ve heard a lot about Marie Kondo’s book, but I’m not sure I would get much from it since I think I already subscribe to the same beliefs about clutter. I’d be interested to hear what you think of it once you’re done!

  2. I’m so glad you are enjoying The Lively Show + Hal Elrod’s episode and book. : )

    Also, if you’re ever feeling the itch to do Marie Kondo’s exfoliation in the order she suggests, I made a free printable so you can carry it with you around the house without having to look at the book all the time. : ) //www.jesslively.com/alexandrafranzen/

    Love,
    Jess!

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