Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.
It’s summer and I often dream of taking an entire day to read a great book but it’s not going to happen, at least not this year 🙂 That’s ok, though….I enjoy spending the free time I have with my family. Gavin is 9 already and I have no idea where the time has gone.
Any-who, here are the books I am listening to/reading this summer.
Yes, the title is Zen as F*ck and seriously, it’s great. When I am at work, stressing over this or that, I pull out this book and do one of the many hilarious journal entries such as “Who is Your Yas Queen?” or “Name Your Inner Demon”. It’s great and very lighthearted and just what I need. Author Monica Sweeney has a second book out called “Let That Sh*t Go” which I just added to my Amazon cart 🙂 Seriously, you will want to buy this for all of your friends – never too early to start Christmas shopping!
I love a good book series and C.J. Box provides much entertainment for me with Joe Pickett and his crazy family and friends in The Disappeared. It takes place in Wyoming and he is a game warden. It may not sound very exciting but I enjoy reading about his adventures in nature, his bad ass friend Nate Romanowski, and his three daughters. This is book 18 in the series but I have found they do not need to be read, in any particular order, to enjoy them. If you’re interested, Book one is called Open Season.
We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too.
Any parent of a child who is old enough to have a tablet or computer is more than likely familiar with You Tube. All I knew (BG – Before Gavin) was it was a site where we watched videos. That has all changed with kids watching unboxing videos, gaming videos and the stories coming out about how this kids became overnight sensations. I wanted to learn more and this book, “Help! My Kid Wants to Become a You Tuber” was perfect. It really “dumbed” down the process so I could explain it to Gavin without being my normal technical self and made me confident that should he ever decide to actually post one of the million videos he has made, I could help him navigate the site successfully 🙂
Anyone who knows me well knows that I do not like Horror anything. I can’t even go to a haunted house without crying. I can ride a Haunted Hay Wagon but only if I am in the middle and covered with a coat. Anyway, this book is considered “Horror” and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that I read the entire 4 book Afraid series! It kept me on the edge of my seat and wasn’t TOO scary – although it does make you wonder if it could really happen in our town…..
So many books, so little time.
Ready Player One is a book recommendation from Gavin who actually read all 400 pages of it. I have not finished reading it yet but I can tell you that the entire family LOVES the movie. Gavin and I saw it in the theaters and were literally speechless when we left. We proceeded to go to Hot Topic to buy the Funko Pops that were released and anything else we could get our grubby little hands on. As soon as Verizon released it on video I bought it so Dav could watch it and she loved it too. We love the 80’s and the music is amazing. Gavin and I are also gamers so we loved the concept of the Oasis. I could go on and on but read it and see the movie! The reviews do not do it justice for sure!!!
In addition to my fun reading I also try to throw in a book that will challenge my way of thinking. Right now that book is “The Art of Power” by Thich Nhat Hanh. He is a Buddhist speaker who worked with Martin Luther King and has a mission to spread peace worldwide. He writes beautifully in a memorable storytelling mode and I am enjoying his philosophical thinking very much.
This list should get you started on your summer reading adventure. Let me know how you like the books!