Hello Birds & Bears, I'm popping in from my favorite reading spot here on the barn swing to share a peek at my summertime reads thus far. I'm also hoping that after you read this you'll take a moment share a book that you loved, because dear readers, we definitely have a good dose of summer still to come and I know many of us would love to read through some of your recommendations. Share here in the comments or on the Facebook/Instagram posts! And...if you are local, join us tomorrow night here at the farm for a Bird & Bear Collective Book Talk, Swap & Bonfire (7:30 pm). This will be a casual time for gathering, sharing and maybe even some book swapping with other avid readers!
My reads thus far have spanned from a memoir, to research, to how to, to motherhood, to suspense, to beautiful fiction. My reads have not been sequential either. I always have 3-4 books going at any one time, which means it often takes longer to get through one.
Do you do that? It's what I do. The books I'm reading or listening to are spread throughout my house, car, barn and handbags. I have a book on my bedside table, one in our sitting room, one in the barn, one in my car, and one loaded on audio. I've learned this works better for me, so that I always have something accessible instead of scrolling on my phone. It also always helps to separate my books for when I'm on the go vs. the ones for quiet time at home.
Here's my summer book list (thus far)...
Glitter & Glue by Kelly Corrigan
A totally relatable memoir on being a mother and being a daughter. I love Kelly Corrigan's voice - she makes me laugh and cry each and every time.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
A psychological thriller with an unexpected twist. I don't often read these types of books, but it came highly recommended from my bookworm friends, and it did not disappoint. So good!
Becoming by Michele Obama
The former First Lady's beautiful and insightful memoir, makes us feel like we are all friends with Michele Obama. I particularly loved learning more about her childhood, school years, early career days and lifelong passion for community.
A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Maas
This was on my son's 5th grade reading list, but it's about a girl who is entering 8th grade, and I have one of those. This is a good one.
The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
A beautiful, inspirational and data-rich book that illustrates the need to empower women to make change in the world. The stories she shares from impoverished and marginalized women in both near and far away places are ones we should all hear.
Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
A bit too simplistic, but some good reminders and tools to help manage the clutter and chaos in our days.
Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
I'm not yet done with this one, but wanted to include it anyways. This novel by a new young author will transport you to the Virgin Islands through writing that is beautiful and tragic. I'll be going back to the barn swing this evening to hopefully finish it!
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
I'm also not done with this one, but it's currently what I'm listening to on audio and loving it. It's about Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show.
Well that's my list, so far... so tell us..."watcha reading?" Let us know, and come on over Tuesday evening for our Bird & Bear Collective Book Talk, Swap & Bonfire.