Although I enjoy reading, I rarely make time for it. There’s so many things I enjoy doing that reading continually slips in priority. But as I was pushing my kids to read this summer, I too carved out time while sitting at swim lessons, just before bed or while in the car for hours on our road trip.

As you can see the range of interest is wide – anything from historical non-fiction to self-help books. All books that someone at some point told me I should read and I added them to my Amazon cart for quick reference. And now that I’m looking them up to link them here, I’m realizing all of them were New York Time Bestsellers. Not that it’s necessarily a selling feature, just a coincidence.

A Man Called Ove was a tender story of despair and hope and interesting/chaotic cast of characters.

When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir of a neurosurgeon who is faced with daunting odds when diagnosed with cancer.

Lauren Graham’s is also a memoir, a quick fun read. My love for Gilmore Girls is deep and I could read a whole other book on the exact subject.

Boys in the Boat is a historical non-fiction set in the depths of the Great Depression where a group of boys find hope against odds through shear grit. It’s inspiring.

Essentialism is a good read for anyone feeling overwhelmed or stretched thin or even just distracted. This was a good companion to another book I read, “The More of Less” and I started the process of decluttering life.

I found Quiet interesting. I didn’t agree with all of it, so I skipped around some but surprisingly, I found myself within the pages of this book. And the older I get, the more it fits.

(Amazon aff. links)

Consider this my virtual book club!  The next few books I’m reading are from my kids reading lists so they should read fast. If you have any other recommendations, I’d love to hear them.