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Recently, a friend of mine shared this Tucson themed summer reading list with me and I thought it was just about the coolest thing ever. I LOVED the reading challenges the library would do while I was growing up. Each week, I would be at the library to check out a new stack of books, and I was so excited to hit each reading goal. I also really love that it is a Tucson themed reading challenge. It is such a fun way to become more familiar with the region.
While I am in two book clubs, I don’t feel like I read like I used to. I used to go through 1-2 books a week. But since becoming a parent, it takes some real effort to get through 1-2 books a month. One of my goals for 2018 was to get back in the habit of reading most days. So far, I have definitely been reading a little more. As a personal goal for the summer, I am also going to try to read a book from each section of the above mentioned reading challenge. One of my book clubs is on hiatus for June, so it seems like the perfect time to try to get some bonus books in.
I always learn about books I want to check out from reading other people’s suggestions, so I also thought I would share what I have read so far this year.
So far I have read:
- 40 Days to Personal Revolution by Baron Baptiste. This book was the guide for the meditation program I did at the beginning of the year. It was an interesting read and has been a continuous resource for me in regards to my personal yoga and meditation practice.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson. This was a fun read, but not as thought-provoking as I thought it would be. It was funny though. I read You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life last year and felt that one resonated with me a little more.
The Silent Sister: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain. A book club read that was not what I expected. I would vote it a good beach read. The plot doesn’t hold up to a lot of scrutiny, but it was engaging and easy to read.
Running: A Novel by Cara Hoffman. I received this book in one of my book clubs holiday book exchanges and it was one of those gems that made me love being in book clubs. I would never have picked this book for myself, but I really enjoyed it. It is set in Greece around a group of friends struggling to get by and finding themselves.
The Power by Naomi Alderman. Not going to lie, this was a harder read than anticipated. This was a book club selection that is about women developing a power that allows them to pass an electrical current through their hands. While it was much darker than I expected, it was interesting and unlike anything I had read recently.
- Palisades Park: A Novel by Alan Brennert. This book is pretty much nostalgia in written form. While I have never been to the New Jersey boardwalk or amusement park, this book speaks so fondly of it and is just a fun read.
Shrill by Lindy West. I borrowed this book from a friend and had some reservations going in. While I am definitely interested in the topic. I was familiar with the author’s writing and appreciate the topics she covers but am not the biggest fan of her style. Overall I found this book interesting and humorous, while tackling difficult social issues.
My Abandonment by Peter Rock. I had mixed feelings about this book. It is an interesting story, but I had a hard time trying to figure out some of the characters and am still not sure what I thought about the ending.
Currently reading: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Not really far enough into this one to give an opinion. But it has a dystopian young adult feel to it, which is a genre I typically enjoy.
So friends, what are you reading these days? Have you read any of the This is Tucson list? Want to read any of them with me this summer?