Well, summer is almost here. That happened super fast!
For me, summer means books to devour. Since life is [usually] less crazy during this season, I’m naturally drawn to the idea of resting and reading. They go hand in hand, in my opinion. Reading calms my mind in a way I can’t get from television or technology. It doesn’t take up as much space in my head and gives me that mental breathing room I need.
So as an agreement with myself to read more and use technology less, I figured it might sound like a great idea to many of you as well. That being said, I comprised a list of some of my favorite non-fiction books that I’ve read and loved lately. Hopefully one of these may spark your interest. Enjoy!
Want to know the secrets to happiness? Read The Book of Joy.
The wisdom of two great teachers, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is unpacked in this delightful book. They each talk about their sufferings and their joys, and how the two are surprisingly interrelated.
Tired of clutter? Grab a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Marie Kondo takes you step-by-step through the process of decluttering the home or work office and, in the process, helps you realize what little you actually need.
Wondering if creativity is worth pursuing? Read Big Magic and you’ll find your answer.
The way Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her commitment to writing, whether her sole source of income or not, proves the point that creativity is something we are all meant to pursue in some form or fashion.
For one of the most heartbreaking accounts on grief, death and loss, read When Breath Becomes Air.
Unable to complete the entirety of this book before he dies, Paul Kalinithi recounts his personal journey of striving to be a successful neurosurgeon and then finding out the shattering news that he has aggressive lung cancer. He talks about his experience being both a patient and a surgeon and discusses the struggles of deciding where to devote his time with his shortened lifespan.
Want to get lost in a well-written story? Read H is for Hawk.
Honestly, I wasn’t too sure if I would enjoy this book since I don’t know much about hawks. But this book surprised me. Helen MacDonald is an incredibly gifted writer and I was immediately absorbed in her storytelling. In this book, she writes about grief and loss as well as her journey of training one of the most vicious predators out there.
Need writing advice? Pick up Bird by Bird.
In her own humorous and casual way, Anne Lamott discusses her own struggles in the writing process and affirms all writers that they are not crazy and not terrible writers based on their first draft.
Want to be your healthiest yet this summer? Try 8 Weeks to Optimum Health.
Dr. Weil is one of my favorite authors on holistic health. In this book, each chapter is a weekly to-do list of activities ranging from breathing exercises to tonics, all of which are meant to decrease inflammation in the body and leave you healthier than ever.
Trying to incorporate more whole grains? You need Bread Revolution (Cookbook).
All recipes use 100% whole grains. It is now my go-to for pancakes, quick breads, yeast breads, and muffins.
Need easy vegetarian recipe ideas? Get The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (Cookbook).
Packed full with easy, vegetarian recipes, this cookbook is my new go-to for meal planning.
Want to see how love takes action? Read Love Does (Christian).
Each chapter is a wonderfully written story of love in action. Bob Goff talks about the “whimsy” of love and how taking ourselves or our work too seriously can hinder opportunities to love others.
Want to live a life led by Christ and not yourself? Find encouragement in Kisses from Katie (Christian).
This book is a wonderful story of how one woman leaves her home in the United States and moves to Africa, all at the age of 18. Her journey of letting God use her in ways she never imagined is one of the most inspirational stories I’ve read.
For a book on gratitude and giving thanks for the “little things,” read One Thousand Gifts (Christian).
This book helped me re-evaluate how much I was complaining and how little I was giving thanks. It’s a common struggle we all face, but this read was definitely a turning point for me.