I should probably preface this post with a disclaimer: The title of it should really be called “My Summer Reading/ Listening List because 99% of everything I read these days are listened to on audio book through my Libby app.
If you aren’t familiar with Libby, I’ll go into more detail. It’s very similar to Audible (without the cost) and it’s an extension of the mid-continent library, so all you need is a library card, download the app & all of the books & audiobooks are at your fingertips! We all know I spend 80% of my life in my car. (not sure how completely accurate these statistics are but just roll with me). A LOT of time in my car, which use to annoy me quite frankly until I started listening to audiobooks as I traveled! You can only listen to the same Spotify playlist for long. So I began a list of books I wanted to “read” and placed them on hold through my Libby app.
I usually listen to 1-3 books a week (yes, thats how often I am driving) but also have it playing while I’m folding laundry, cooking dinner, etc. I realized I no loner binge watch Netflix series because I love listening to the books!
Whether you prefer to actually read a hard copy book, read a book on your tablet or listen to them like me, reading keeps you sharp, it gives you a topic of conversation at the dinner table & it’s relaxing. Today I’m sharing what I have read so far this summer & what I plan to read in the next coming months! Enjoy!
The “After” Series by Anna Todd: Think of a toned down 50 Shades of Gray ( younger characters) with real life occurrences, feelings, etc. It’s one of those you cannot put down & you read back to back because you have to know whats going to happen! This was also made into a movie that just came out! (finishing up the third one now before I see the movie!)
After We Collided
After We Fell
After Ever Happy
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis: I have talked about this book briefly before but wanted to include it as I listened to it again before reading her next book which I’ll list. It’s a feel good, makes you think kind of book. I took a lot of great notes from this book.
Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis: The second book from her that I have read. This focused a lot on “mom guilt” but I quickly related it to my guilt for being busy a lot, missing out on family birthdays or bachelorette parties due to my career.
Body Love by Kelly Leveque: The most insightful, self help books but doesn’t feel like a self help book I have ever read! Puts food, and how we treat our bodies into major perspective. This book offers great recipes and smoothies I have put into my daily life!
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders: This book is by no means “new” however I think this will be a yearly read for me, as it’s important for all of us to take a step back and realize how many things we have that we truly do not “need”. This was a great one to read during my year of “intention” with buying less. Highly highly recommend.
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero: Highly rated & for good reason. Not just for entrepreneurs but for those who have yet to uncover their ability to succeed & do what makes them feel liberated!
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger- One of those feel good, by the 5th page you’re invested types of books. It’s an easy beach read you won’t want to put down. Besides how cute is the title!?
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: I know I know, this isn’t new and you’ve probably read it or have seen the movie. But, have you read it recently? This was a book club book that was selected & I find myself often times referencing it lately when I am being torn in numerous directions.
The Young Wives Club by Julie Pennell
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
The Missing Years by Lexie Elliot
Next Level Basic by Stassi Schroeder
Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba: Female entrepreneur? This ones for you!
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office 101 by Lois P. Frankel, Ph. D.
Quite the range of books, huh? Everything from self help, to self reflection, to reality tv stars to romantic thrillers. I love to space them out, too much self help can make you go in circles and too many romantic thrillers can start to make you have unrealistic expectations. I like to keep a good balance between both!
I will continue to add to, leave commentary & edit as the summer progresses but I wanted to share these with you before the summer really kicked it into gear! Enjoy!