I have a lot of friends. It’s just that they are mostly fictional and bound inside a 300-page book. We hang out a lot. Like, every night.
So, I can’t stop reading. The seasons don’t make a difference for me. I’m a total book nerd. Like, a holy.moly.did.I.really.spend.fifty.dollars.this.week.on.books. kind of book nerd. If you aren’t, that’s okay. But, you should be! For me, reading provides an opportunity for escape. It eases my mind, steps up my creativity, and allows me to dream. If you are looking to read more, summer is a great time to start. Go grab one (all) of these books, sit outside under the warm sun, and let your mind float into the pages.
I’ve read all of these books. Some up to three times. Each is different, but all have strong character development that just might beg you to know more and more. Here we go.
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls. One of my all-time favorite memoirs. It’ll make you laugh, cry, cry, cry and think. Man, is this book deep. If you haven’t given it a shot yet, please go get in your car, hop on your bike, and ride to the closest book store. It’ll stick with you forever. Read this one tucked away in bed, where nobody can see you feel all the feels.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith. Another classic on my shelf, this book brings nostalgia to my heart in the best of ways. You’ll fall in love immediately with this tucked-away-in Brooklyn family. It will whisk you back to those “good ol’ days,” when you would chase after the ice-cream truck (let’s be honest, I did that last week), but y’all catch my drift. Read this one on your fire escape, nestled up among the trees.
The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. I just read this book last month and loved its warmth — in addition to being funny, dramatic, and big-hearted. Keep this one snug in your bag, and catch up on it when you have a couple minutes. It’s easy to get sucked back in.
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah. Oh, oh, oh! I read this in 24 hours. (I had to call off work that day.) I’m a bit obsessed with World War II books. This fictional tale is a total page turner. It will transport you back in time, and command you to seek the bravery that many woman within that time period had to possess. Read this over the weekend, or tell your boss you just can’t.
F*Words, Jeanne Field. Let’s kick it back to the era of bell-bottoms and Woodstock, and back to present day. Jeanne, (or Aunt Jeanne, to me), lived one hell of a life. “I hope I’m talking to young women who will see that your life’s journey doesn’t have to be planned, that you can stay open and resilient and let nothing bring you down.” — Jeanne Fields. She’s worked brilliant jobs, lived in beautiful places, found true love, managed Neil Young on tours, helped with the Woodstock Documentary, can whip up the most delicious meals, all while being humble, welcoming and a kindred spirit. She is an inspirational voice for woman of our generation, and her story should be heard. Grab this book, pack it in your beach bag, and read it next to the sea. Life is beautiful.
+ What 5 books do you suggest for me to add to my end-of-summer reading list? What book do you suggest for the next FP Book Club? Let us know in the comments!