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Summer afternoons can be spent in a variety of ways- waiting on the kids at sports practice, soaking up sun at the beach or by the pool, relaxing indoors on a rainy day, etc. So for all of these moments and more, we’re bringing you a summer reading list to carry you through the weeks of August before the hustle and bustle of the school year returns. With a captivating book in hand that keeps you turning the page, not much else can compete with your much needed me-time. So how do you select a good one? Here are 10 books to choose from that we promise you’ll have a hard time putting down…
1. Unstoppable: Harnessing Science To Change The World por Bill Nye
In my opinion, there’s no one better than Bill Nye to talk about climate change with optimism for the future. Bill believes that the climate crisis is calling today’s rising youth into action. In this book, he explains that with a combination of positivity and scientific curiosity, all obstacles become opportunities. As Bill shares his vision, he debunks some of the most persistent myths and misunderstandings about global warming. After you finish reading it, you’ll be motivated to change the world.
2. How To Invest Like Warren Buffett by Alec Hogg
No one can talk money like Warren Buffet. Learn how the investment genius of Warren Buffett can be applied to your finance philosophy. Packed with invaluable lessons and insights from the world’s greatest wealth creator, you might not want to read this one before bed – not with these call to action brain-spinning opportunities.
3. A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets by James Bowen
This is a moving and uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets and the ginger cat who adopts him and helps him heal his life. I admit I was in tears many times throughout this book, but overall it is filled with so much warmth, kindness and compassion, it’s worthy of reading.
4. Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett
Have your ever caught yourself putting sugar in the fridge, or wonder why you came to the kitchen in the first place? I know I have. Neuroscientist Dean Burnett explains everything about blind spots, blackouts, insomnia, and all the other downright-laughable things our minds do to us. Plus, he explains how a well-meaning brain behaves to keep us alive and healthy. As Burnett exposes a lot of myths about the human brain along the way, this book is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered how the human brain functions.
5. Disappearing World: 101 of the Earth’s Most Extraordinary and Endangered Places by Alonzo C. Addison
Ultimate read for a traveler! “Disappearing World” will take you on a remarkable journey to the most extraordinary and endangered locations. The places described in this book are currently protected by UNESCO because of their natural, historic, and cultural significance, and are at risk today from both natural and man-made causes. The desire to travel while reading this book is overwhelming. I continued to read it on the plane to one of the many gorgeous and unique sites.
6. Shelter by Jung Yun
This book touches the difficult subject of what it means to provide to your family. The main character, Kyung Cho is in debt. A few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighborhood, surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife Gillian and son. When an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes and Kyung is compelled to take them in. The tension quickly escalates since for the first time in years the Cho’s will all be living under the same roof.
7. 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
This is a funny and sometimes shocking take on our body image-obsessed culture. The heroine, Lizzie never liked her body while growing up. She starts dating guys online, but is afraid to send pictures and believes no one would want her if they could really see her. With punishing drive, she gets thin but struggles to see herself as anything but a fat girl. Read how the trials of self-confidence and overcoming self-inflicted flaws plays out in this book by Mona Awad.
8. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singer’s chance at immortality. When one is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four people knew the secret. The role can secure her reputation or destroy her if secret will be revealed. This read will keep you on your toes until the very end.
9. The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet by Rod Nordland
Zakia and Ali were from different tribes, but they grew up on neighboring farms in Afghanistan. They were young teenagers who fell in love and defied their families, sectarian differences, cultural conventions, and Afghan civil and Islamic law by running away together. Zakia’s venfeful family vows to kill her to restore the family’s honor. Based on a true story, they are still in hiding.
10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The stories of three women look at ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandals, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. You will want to laugh and cry at the same time!
So there you have it, our top pick’s for what to read this summer! Get comfortable with a good new read, and if you’re ordering online don’t forget to let our friends at Tpack deliver it for you.
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