- Consider replacing 20 minutes of time on social media with reading instead. Be honest with yourself of how much time you spend looking at friends vacation photos (your phone tracks this now), and refocus that on making the most of your day.
- Create a reading "mood". Put on calm music without lyrics, light a candle, get your favorite blanket and make yourself a reading oasis. Not only are you getting back into your routine, but you're creating a space you'll want to come back to time and time again.
- I am a hopeful reader and an Enneagram type 1 (more on that later). I want to love all the books I pick up and see them through to the end. Don't do this. If you're having a hard time getting through a book, or getting bored with it, try something else. You'll know when it's time to shift gears, or when you're in the mood for a fiction over a biography. If the book is intriguing enough, you'll find your way back eventually!
Depending on where you live, "late summer" means something a little different. Here in Savannah, it means we're one step closer to actually being able to walk around the corner without sweat dripping down our forehead. Before we jump (or dive) into our summer reading list, here's our favorite tricks to get yourself back into your reading routine:
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is our token popular read of the series. A cover that you've likely seen everywhere. Personally, I used to live in LA and loved going to Zuma Beach and Paradise Cove in Malibu, so it brought back some nostalgia. It's about Nina Riva and her three siblings, their late mother and their super-famous dad, Mick (inspired by Mick Jagger, perhaps?). If you ever dreamed about being a celebrity or recognized wherever you go, this will quickly make you think twice about the price of fame and the facade of it all. If you're looking for a classic beach read, with surfers, parties, and complicated relationships, this one's for you.
With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
This young-adult, inspiring story is a good one for those times when you're at the beach with friends or family and you can't handle something too dense. The main character, Emoni, is a teenage mom facing the challenge of balancing school, focusing on her daughter and the consideration of what her future could look like. We love this change of perspective and the realization that you can fulfill your dreams even if they look a bit different than everyone around you.
I'll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller
Are you still reeling after the Friends Reunion, hoping that Jen Aniston and David Schwimmer come out that they're dating IRL? If so, you're not alone. There's nothing quite as hyggelig as re-watching your favorite series over and over again. Why not read about it too? There's some overlap with the reunion in this book, but you also get some other juicy details from the actors real lives at the time of filming to what societal norms were challenged (Monica proposing to Chandler was revolutionary at the time!). Grab a cup of coffee, sit on your favorite couch and revisit the good days with your FRIENDS.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
This is a staple on my bookshelf. It's starting to look tattered, the paperback cover is bent in places, and pages have been folded in every which way. This is not normally how I handle books, but it does indicate how many times I've read this thing. What's not to love about the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler tribe?! The way Tina tells the stories gets me every time. I'm laughing out loud, quoting it to friends and learning a thing or two about working in business (even though television is not my industry). It also fulfills my theory that life is just one big comedy show, and the test is how much we can laugh along the way.
Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
When I talk to people about this book, they've either read it (and loved it), or haven't picked it up because it received too much hype and they didn't want to be disappointed. Well, my friends, we're here to tell you that enough time has passed. So much so, in fact, that the movie is coming out next year. Better late than never, I suppose. This is the perfect summer read, one that brings about the magic of the marshland, spirit of an outdoor girl and perhaps a murder mystery to tie it all together. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show- preferably before the movie, because we all know the drill...
The Star Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman
If you don't want to come to Italy with us after reading this one, we won't believe you. Nothing better than a book that takes us to another picturesque place, especially after a year of not traveling. If you've read Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton, this story feels similar. This one involves generations of a family that lives between the United States and Tuscany. Family secrets that were held from the younger generation get revealed when the granddaughter defies her grandmother and travels to Italy anyway to see her "crazy", estranged Aunt Poppy.
Leave us a note or two in the comments below if you pick up any of these. We'd love to know what you think!