If you’re looking for new reads to keep you entertained and workin’ on your self care, I’ve got a list of 6 books to read this summer for fun and personal growth.
I also asked followers of my Facebook page what they’ve been reading this summer. Check it all out below!
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Even though my TBR list is huge, I’ve been nose deep in anything written by Mary Higgins Clark. The suspense, mystery, and understated chic that runs through her books have hooked me, and I can’t get enough.
One novel by MHC I highly recommend is I’ve Got You Under My Skin. It follows the unsolved cases of two murders that are totally unrelated . . . until true-crime TV producer Laurie Moran decides to make a career-changing move. I wasn’t able to put this book down, so I hope you’re ready to settle in with some cold brew and a comfy lounger because this story will hook you!
I’ve spent a lot of time reading both self-development and productivity books. And there’s nothing better than when both subjects are addressed in one book in a well-written, engaging style. The following two books I absolutely love.
They’re full of actionable advice, so they can be read over and over and you’ll always learn something new. And they’re not full of fluff. Everything you learn, if implemented, will greatly change your life for the better.
Author, speaker, and leadership and personal performance expert Robin Sharma shares many of the tips and action sequences that he teaches his elite clientele of billionaires and super athletes. In The 5 AM Club, you’ll learn how to increase your productivity, reach personal peace and contentment, and how to master and harness your ambition in order to create the life you’ve always dreamed for yourself.
You might have heard of his other influential books, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Greatness Guide. I can’t say enough about how this book has elevated my life personally and professionally. And in case you’re wondering, no, you do not have to wake up at 5 AM — the lessons in this book can be done regardless of what time you wake up. 🙂
Another book that you’ll want to keep in your permanent library is Atomic Habits by James Clear. Do you have a habit that you’ve tried so hard to get rid of or change? But no matter what you do, you keep going back to the same behaviour? I’ve been there, and Atomic Habits is the first book I’ve read that has actually made a difference in my life.
Clear doesn’t just tell you what your motivations could be and how to change them. He discusses your environment, and the ingrained thought processes and behaviours that lead up to the habit itself. I also learned a lot about how to establish new habits. This book was a game changer for me, and I recommend it to everyone. Get this book NOW — you won’t regret it.
Books Recommended by Readers
Set in Russia, The Charm School centres around young KGB agents who are being trained by American POWs on how to act like Americans in order to quietly infiltrate the US. This well-formulated plan starts to fall apart, however, when an unsuspecting American tourist discovers the Russians’ secret.
This story sounds right up my alley, if the Goodreads description is anything to go by: “As they race to the finish line, they’ll face their fears — landslides, haunted houses, handsome strangers, ungrateful children — and have the time of their lives.” “They” in The Rejected Writer’s Club is a group of writers who gather to celebrate rejected manuscripts over tea and cake. But their celebratory days are about to be cut short, and in order to save their precious club, the women embark on a road trip to San Francisco in search of a publisher who can help them.
According to one reader on the Art of Proofreading’s Facebook page, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World “is amazing.”! And Brené Brown wrote: “The Moment of Lift is an urgent call to courage. It changed how I think about myself, my family, my work, and what’s possible in the world. Melinda weaves together vulnerable, brave storytelling and compelling data to make this one of those rare books that you carry in your heart and mind long after the last page.”