Summer Reading-The Adult List

If this is your first time reading, Welcome!  I wrote a children’s reading list a few posts ago and ended with my first adult recommendation, Go the F*#! to Sleep, which is free for IPhones on Audible, or you can access it here, It is something all parents, nannies, and grandparents can connect with!

The rest of my recommendations are from my personal reading and also outside recommendations from former students and other teachers, so thank you. Beware that the list is not a typical summer reading list composed of light, “Beach-Worthy Reads,” just reads that I think are totally worth your time.

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.  I mentioned this book in my last post, and it was a re-read. I am not a “runner,” but this book inspires me to be and to do it more often and enjoy it.  I love how the history and science of runnie ties in beautifully with the present tense adventure tale that is composed of Tarahumaran runners, two Party-kids, a reporter, a scientist, an old man and his son, and a guy who calls himself “Caballo Blanco”-the white horse.

Redeeming Love by  Francine Rivers.  This was a read I enjoyed last weekend while at the lake house, recommended by a former student.  It is a re-telling of the book of Josea.  And I didn’t even know that book existed int he Bible, so that presented further research for me!  I enjoyed this book immensely, although it was very tough to begin after reading what occurred to such a delightful child…moms will likely struggle, but the imagery is not graphic.  Rivers allows your mind to tell the rest of the story, and that is something that can often be worse than an author’s description.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  If you have not read this young adult series, you are truly missing out!  Typically I do not like futuristic sci-fi thrillers, but his book combines that element with survival of the fittest, compassion, and crossing the boundary between friendship and love.  I have lent this book to 3 or 4 students who are almost finished with the series (3).

Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahnuik. This rec comes from my dear hubby. I found him laughing aloud while reading this piece!  This author does not play well with everyone, so if you have not read any of his works, be ready for controversy, wit and pushing limits.  I love him and his name.  I cannot wait to read this book!

Getting Stoned with Savages by J. Maarten Troost.  Travel writing is something I have always seen myself doing, but still have not done.  So, I read travel writers’ memoirs and try to live vicariously through their experiences.  It does not work all the time, but it sure did with this book.  I thought this guy was hysterical, crazy, compassionate, and tender—all in one sitting!  I love his style of writing and the stories he tells, plus the title just grabs you!

Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers. This is my current read.  It was referenced by Elena Brower on, and I absolutely loved her class, so I thought I should check this book out.  The education and background I am receiving is helping me understand my yoga practice, therefore making me a better student of the physical aspect of yoga.  I recommend it to practioners and also those who think yoga is bunk.

Bossypants by Tina Fey.  This rec comes from a teacher friend who loves to laugh.  And laugh she is doing with this read!  Tina Fey humorously juggles life as a mother, wife, star, writer, stand up comedian, and actress.  Busy moms all have these issues, well maybe not the celebrity one, but she handles them gracefully with her wit and confidence.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett. This book took me awhile to get into, but it was well worth it!  I love the narration from three distinct characters with a unique perspective on a very moving, life-altering event.  The historical background in this book helps the narration focus, as opposed to slowing it down.  I highly recommend this book to any aspiring writer.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.  This is my most recent read and I still tremble inside reflecting on the craft of the story, as well as the profound content.  It is a must read, but a harsh read.  The Five People you Meet in Heaven taught me that we touch many more lives than we are ever aware of, and this book proves that our touch is not necessarily a positive one.  Thanks to a former student for this recommendation!

With that, the line-up is through for now. Vulgarity, humor, tragedy, timeless lessons, cultural immersion, love, travel, lust, trust, education, equality, tenderness. Besides, what more do you need in life for entertainment than your family and a couple of good books?  Take a moment and enjoy one or two of these…then let me know what you think.  I appreciate all your comments!

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