My Summer Reading List
It's "officially" summer which means more days spent inside beating the heat. For me, that means grabbing a book and lazing the days away curled up in my reading chair with some great books. This summer I recommend the following books:
"I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual" - Luvvie Ajayi (2016): If you want a humorous but realistic take on all of the politically incorrect topics that might make your co-workers cringe, this is the book for you. In her signature tell-it-like-it-is style, Ajayi confronts all of us head on about our antics and encourages us all to get it together! A laugh-a-minute, this book is an easy read that will have you feeling both convicted and relieved (that someone said it so you wouldn't have to) at the same time.
"Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path" - Erin Loechner (2016): A gentle and wise book about the value of living an intentionally slow life, design expert and former HGTV star Loechner walks her readers through her journey to live on purpose with less. Loechner gets real about how during the height of her fame she felt lost in the world. A graceful homage to redefining priorities, this book is a welcome guide for living a fuller life by getting rid of the things that weigh us down.
"Self-Help" - Lorrie Moore (1985): In this collection of short stories, Moore explores common themes of modern life through the eyes of various everyday women. Each chapter hooks you with an off-the-wall opening line. My favorites? "Understand that your cat is a whore and can't help you" and "[t]here is no dignity in appetites." Moore approaches topics such as how to conduct an affair, coping with divorce, and a dignified way to die with such directness and honesty that you barely have enough time to catch your breath before moving on to the next story.
"A New Model" - Ashley Graham (2016): I love everything that Ashley Graham stands for - confidence, savvy business sense, beauty beyond measure, and a joy for life. This book provides an honest look into Graham's journey from being discovered in a mall in Nebraska to being one of the major influencers in fashion. Tackling everything from her struggles with food to her bold outlook on the fashion and beauty industries, in this book Graham rightfully takes her place as a voice for the everygirl.
"The Fran Lebowitz Reader" - Fran Lebowitz (1994 - Paperback edition): The grande dame of mother wit, Lebowitz applies a healthy dose of indifference, sarcasm, and humor to addressing urban contemporary life circa 1970s and 1980s New York City. Although the topics discussed may be a bit dated and esoteric, Lebowitz' storytelling style is timeless and refreshing.
What books are you reading? Extra credit: other great and relevant books
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