I love to read. Often times you can find me huddled on my sofa reading a good book, as opposed to going out and partying at a club. There’s nothing like immersing yourself into a good novel, losing yourself in the characters you’re reading. Summer is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to kick back and read a good, regardless of if it’s on the beach or in the comfort of your own home.
Here are 7 Books You Must Read This Summer:
1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I am soooo excited to read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes! It follows the life of Louisa Clark who takes a badly needed job working for Will Traynor who, due to a terrible accident, is wheelchair-bound. Bitter and angry at his circumstances, Will has lost all hope, and is weighing his options of whether or not it’s worth continuing life as a quadriplegic.
Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
This book is at the top of my summer read list, especially with the film adaptation hitting theaters earlier this month! In situations like this, I’m always undecided if I want to watch the movie or read the book first. Which do you guys prefer?
2. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
In Tiny Beautiful Things, author and columnist Cheryl Stayed, shares her advice on life and love. Offering her insight by responding to her collection of never-published letters, Stayed encourages her readers to discover and embrace themselves and their life’s journey. As a ‘twenty-something’ year old’ — getting closer and closer to thirty — it’s important to hear another’s perspective on life. Life and love are two topics that I happen to think of often, so I’m eager to hear what Stayed has to say.
Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Tiny Beautiful Things brings the best of Dear Sugar in one place and includes never-before-published columns. Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.
3. The Confident Women Devotional by Joyce Meyer
This one is a must! As a young woman, sometimes I need to be grounded and reminded of who I am, and how I am valued. The Confident Women Devotional, by author and evangelist Joyce Meyers, is the perfect devotional for women — young and old — to reconnect with themselves. It’s a tool of support and encouragement for us to utilize as we go through life’s struggles.
It is easy to get caught up in what the coming weeks, months, or years might hold and forget to slow down and live in the present. This powerful daily devotional will help women on their journey towards a confident life filled with love, laughter, and God’s acceptance, one day at time.
4. Faithing It by Cora Jakes Coleman
This book right here….is everything! A dear friend of mine recently gifted this to me, and it’s been changing my mindset and outlook on life each day that I read it! It’s all about pushing on through your troubles, fighting for your purpose, and trusting and believing that God is going to pull you through your circumstances! With everything that I’ve been through these last couple years — broken legs, hips, surgeries, learning how to walk — this book speaks to me on so many levels, reminding me that in moments of defeat, God is still able.
What is the size of your storm? If it’s a big storm; then you have a big call, and a big promise. More importantly, you have the ability to get through it! Get ready to hit refresh on your story, your journey, and your life. Turn your storm into an unshakable relationship with God and a ministry that touches people’s lives. —from the Introduction by Cora Jakes
I Almost Forgot About You is written by Terry McMillan, the bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale….need I say more? Fans of these books and movies are sure to love this latest installment due out on July 7, 2016.
In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young’s wonderful life–great friends, family, and successful career–aren’t enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an optometrist and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Georgia’s bravery reminds us that it’s never too late to become the person you want to be, and that taking chances, with your life and your heart, are always worthwhile.
I can not wait for this book to come out on July 1, 2016. In Twenty Years is all about re-establishing lost friendships, unfortunately in times of tragedy, coming to grips with age and finding healing in life’s struggles. I can tell you now, this book is going to make me cry…the ugly cry. As I get older, I’m realizing just how easy it is to lose touch — lose touch with your friends, your family, your feelings/emotions…yourself. Life gets busy with work, starting a family, etc., that it’s so easy to lose touch with all that matters in life, and the true genuine friendships that you thought would last forever. I’m soooo extremely guilty of this! I admit it, I suck at picking up the phone, calling someone when I think of them. In Twenty Years is the perfect reminder to value what you have, and to hold onto them….never let go.
7. Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloé Kardashian
I know some of you will eye roll when seeing this…but it is actually a pretty good read! Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloé Kardashian chronicles her journey of finding strength (mind and body), and overcoming her personal struggles with weight, relationships, and self-image. From the outside looking in, the Kardashian’s have it all — the fancy cars, big houses, endless amounts of money — and they do have a lot. However, in Strong Looks Better Naked, Khloé Kardashian offers an inside look underneath it all…they are just people, people who have faults and insecurities. I found myself relating to her. Feeling her emotions and struggles with self-esteem/body image, and relating them to my own. I was encouraged! Motivated to take life into my own hands, and make the changes that I need and desire in life.
“There is no such thing as perfect. Nobody attains perfection. But if you keep trying, you grow and evolve, and to me that’s the point: To be a better person today than I was yesterday; to become the best possible version of myself.” —KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN
Which book are you going to read first? Let me know, I would love to hear what books are your favorite!