Summer Reads

I haven't been able to read as much as I would like this Summer but I plan on making it a priority the next few weeks. I've gotten thru my picks on this reading list. I've become a fan of audio books. They are now a perfect way to get thru your reading lists. On a long road trip or daily commute listen to your latest book. I've come up with a new list of books. A few I've read (or listened to) but a few are purchased and waiting for their time for me to enjoy them.

I'm not ashamed, actually I'm proud, to see that my favorite books are the Harry Potter series. I have loved them since the first came out. I remember waiting for each new book to come out and rushing to purchase it immediately. I have reread the books atleast 6 times. When I finished the 7th book, I thought it was the last I would have read of Harry Potter's life. Now my prayers have been answered and there is another story about the boy that lived.  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play written about Harry's adult life and it debuted a few days ago in London. I'm very tempted to book a flight to London but until that happens I can read the play. I can't way to see how Harry and his friends have managed life after they defeated Lord Voldemort.

As a single girl in her late 20's I've been given a lot of romantic advice. Some is great and other times it's not exactly what I want to hear. I never wanted to read a romantic advice book so when I first was recommended the book I ignored it. When I later learned more about it, I realized its not a how to fall in love or how to find a man type book. It's an interesting take on how romance, marriage and love have changed for millenials. Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance compares all aspects of love with a ton of research that he's done. His humor and personal anecdotes are sprinkled throughout the book. I laughed a lot and genuinely found the information fascinating and made me rethink a bit about the dating world!

If you have't read this book or seen the movie, you' probably at least saw the previews! Me Before You is a heart breaking love story about a quadriplegic and his new caretaker. I don't want to give anything away but I bawled like a baby thru the book and the movie. For me, it felt a little different than your typical love story, It had an element in it that really made me think about what I would do if I was in that situation. My favorite books always have something like this that make me think.

This book is on my coffee table as I write this. I've heard so many great things about this book. Sophia Amoruso is the founder and executive chairman of Nastygal. While you would now call her extremely successful, her career was full of many lows. She didn't have your typical career path. Girlboss is about how take make your own career path and trust your gut to get you to success. As someone that is in the middle of a career change, I'm looking for some inspiration.

As you can probably tell from my reading lists, I love a variety of books. I don't have a certain genre that I stick to. I'll go from romance to historical fiction to classics. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of those classics. The book is the story of Francie and her life in Brooklyn, New York and the beginning of the 20th century. The second generation American faces countless adversity thru her life. I first read this book in grade school and loved it from the first page. I reread it every few years and find new inspiration in it every time. 

What have you been reading this Summer?

Kara Krittenbrink

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