Good Reads

I haven’t had a whole lot of spare time this summer between working, traveling nearly every weekend, and working toward getting my real estate license, but when I do have spare time I love to read. My reading list for this summer thus far has been an interesting mix but I’ve 100% enjoyed every book that I have picked up (which is rare for me). So I thought I’d share my list. It’s a little bit of fiction/drama and a few non-fiction interesting reads. A very random compilation, but a good mix never hurt anybody!

  1. The Divergent Series (Divergent, Insurgent, & Allegiant) by Veronica Roth
    • This series was one that I couldn’t put down the entire time I read it. It’s full of action and has an interesting twist on a story of young love and despair. I saw the movie Divergent when it came out and, while I thought the movie was good, the book is much better.
  2. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
    • I read this book before the movie came out and thought both were equally good. The story is of a man in the Navy Seals and their mission to capture or kill a Taliban leader in Afghanistan who was thought to be allied with Osama Bin Laden. The book has a much deeper explanation of the insane amount of mental pressure that the Seals go through, both in training and while out on missions. While it was entertaining to read because of the intensity and suspense of the story, it also made me respect those in the armed forces just that much more. While I’m sure we are all grateful for those people that serve our country on the battlefields, I doubt that we consistently give it much thought. This book easily puts things into perspective.
  3. The Language of God by Francis Collins
    • Don’t let the title scare you. Whether you’re a believer or a non-believer, this book is extremely interesting. Francis Collins led the Human Genome Project, which enabled humans to take a good look at our DNA sequencing to see what humans are all about. He has also been an atheist, an agnostic, and also a Christian. This book provides a wealth of information about how our world works and how it might be related to some higher power. It’s a great book for both non-believers who are slightly interested in religion but are afraid to take a leap of faith, and also for believers who have significant questions about what to believe and what not to believe. I absolutely loved this one.
  4. The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling
    • J.K. Rowling is one of my favorite authors. This book is a light read despite it’s tale of an ongoing murder investigation. (Sounds weird, I know.) It’s great. Trust me! :)
  5. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruse (which I already mentioned in a previous post)
    1. I’m in the process of finishing this book, but I absolutely love it. Sophia has an intensity about her and her writing that is magnetic. She’s got a great sense of humor and makes her story of success both enjoyable and compelling. Love it so far.

 If you have any books that I should add to my reading list for the rest of this summer, comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.


Summer Reading List (thanks to Lauren Conrad)

Lauren Conrad posted an awesome summer reading list on her blog a few days ago. I just started reading #GIRLBOSS and I love it already! As a recent college graduate and a soon-to-be newbie in the workforce, it’s so refreshing to read about a real woman’s ambitions and accomplishments. Especially when it doesn’t involve a bunch of freebies and money being handed to her from Day 1. Sophia Amoruso is fearless, quirky, determined, and outrageous wrapped in one…and I’m loving every second of it!

“A #GIRLBOSS is someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it…You’re a fighter –you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms…You take your life seriously, but you don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re going to take over the world, and change it in the process.” – from page 1 of the first chapter in Sophia Amoruso’s book, #GIRLBOSS. If that doesn’t inspire you to keep reading, I’m not sure what will.