Can you believe we’re halfway through 2019 already? I am currently at 43 of the 100 books I want to read this year (a bit behind, but I think I can catch up in the next six months :D). Summer is such a perfect time to get back into reading- whether you’re taking a road trip, traveling via plane, hanging by the pool, or heading to the beach.
Here are 5 books that I’d highly recommend for you summer reading list:
1. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, shares narratives and reflections on his experiences with healthcare’s ultimate limitation- preventing death. This book challenges the role of medicine in managing and addressing end-of-life care and highlights the importance of truly understanding what people value at this stage. Told from a candid first-person perspective, Gawande unpacks how current care experiences in nursing homes, hospitals, and hospice are not always fulfilling a patient’s true desire of a dignified and empowered end.
2. Gifts of Imperfection
During college, I watched Brené Brown’s TedTalk on the power of vulnerability and I was immediately captured by her amazing ability to tell a story in such an incredibly relatable manner. This book has been on my to-read list for a long time and I finally finished it a couple of months ago. My favorite part was the actionable insight on how to live a wholehearted life. I am definitely guilty of not always being the kindest to myself, so I especially appreciated the guidance on self-compassion and truly cultivating gratitude and joy.
If you haven’t seen her TedTalk yet, here it is:
3. Letters to the Lost
With this realistic fiction YA novel, Brigid Kemmerer tells the story of two high school students connected by the common thread of understanding profound loss. Told from two perspectives, this book highlights the assumptions we make about other people before we ever take the time to truly know their circumstances or hear their story. I finished this in a single day and it would be a perfect quick read for a short trip! There is also a second book set in the same universe entitled More Than We Can Tell that you’ll see some familiar characters in if you enjoy this book. Shoutout to Allie for recommending it to me!
I will admit I am very biased about this book because I really admire Michelle Obama, but I thought it was so special to have an inside view on the experiences that shaped and grew our former First Family and ultimately led to their journey to the White House. Having just moved from Chicago, I enjoyed reading about not only where Michelle grew up, but where the Obamas met and started their family. With an insert of pictures included in the middle, this book is such a real, down-to-earth depiction of a life and family that most of us only know from what we can read in the media.
5. The Kiss of Deception
This is the first book in the fantasy YA trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. For those of you who only like to start a series when all the books are published, you’re in luck. I love Pearson’s ability to weave a narrative from multiple perspectives and keep readers guessing between which character is the prince and which is the assassin, adding an element of suspense and mystery. I would definitely have the next two books on deck once you start reading!
Please let me know if you have any book recommendations for me or if you end up reading any of these this summer! I’d love to hear from you!