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Summer Reading Recommendations and My First Kindle

To give some context around my passion for reading, or lack there of, growing up I never enjoyed reading. I would do whatever I could to get by without reading, skimming the main parts of the sentences, or rushing through a page of book and forgetting what I read. It wasn't until after college and in my mid twenties that I did my best to change that habit. By that time I was starting to understand that reading can help people reach levels of success. I was determined to read leadership, communication, and relationship books. Yes, my desire to read improved but I was never able to create a solid reading routine for myself. Now, we have bookshelves of so many books that I still have to read....

I decided to bite the bullet and recently bought the Kindle Paperwhite (ad-supported) version. Yes, I know I'm probably very late to the game... but I just wanted to share that since purchasing this device, I find myself reading more and more and I love that it is so easy to just put into my purse and take on the go! It's so much easier to hold when reading than holding a big book in both my hands and I love feeling that I have thousands of books at my finger tips and with a couple clicks, I could read a book right away. Also, I love that if there are vocabulary words that I do not know, I can click on any word and it will search for the definition for me. That is amazing. There are so many times when I've read a book and honestly just skimmed my way through the words that I didn't know. I didn't bother to look it up online and would just guess what it possibly could mean. Now, I can actually learn and understand exactly what I'm reading.

The only thing that I don't like about the Kindle is that I bought the (ad supported one) and every time I turn off my kindle, I have a default screen of an ad. In hindsight, I should have paid a little bit more to get the one without ads. However, while checking out, I didn't realize to what extent I would be seeing ads on my kindle...

But other than this, I've enjoyed what I purchased so far... and I've been more compelled to read! If you're like me, I would highly recommend you try the Kindle or any e-reader device.

Here is the one I bought:

Kindle-Paperwhite (Ad supported)

My Summer Reading Recommendation List:

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

This book highlights the importance and awareness of letting go our own ego to attain a level of personal happiness. Attachment to our own ego leads to feelings of dysfunction, doubt, jealousy, and fear. This book goes deep into understanding our true selves, our desires, our passions and our fears. Highly recommend. Personally, I will be reading this again

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits is one of my favorite productivity books because James Clear really breaks down how to create systems in life that will help to form good habits and break bad ones. We all have bad habits that we continue to do (even though we know they aren't the best for us) but this book will help to give a new perspective on how to accomplish the things that will help us become better people. It all starts in our daily habits.

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

Rising Strong is the second Brene Brown book that I've read (Daring Greatly being the first) and I love them both. Rising Strong is all about finding the courage within ourselves to push through and conquer the day to day challenges that we face.

The Last Thing He Told Me By Laura Dave (Fiction)

This page turner mystery is quite interesting with so many plot twists and turns. I love how Laura Dave develops the character of Hannah and Bailey and through a turn of twisted events we learn so much about her missing husband and the life that their future holds. This is a great poolside read!

Crying in H Mart By Michelle Zauner (Memoir)

This is Michelle's story, a first generation Korean American young women who grew up in Eugene, Oregon. She tells her beautiful and challenging story through her childhood memories, dysfunctional yet loving relationships that she has with her parents, and her identity struggle of being a Korean American woman. Her perspective on life, love and her values change as her mom is diagnosed with cancer. This is a beautiful, tragic, and honest story.

Let me know what is currently on your nightstand or what your are reading in the comments below! I'd love to add to my kindle collection!

As always, thank you so much for reading! Happy summer reading to you all!


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