This summer I made it a priority to dive deeper into my reading list and pick out some reads that spark creativity, nostalgia, comedy, and love. I am typically a huge non-fiction reader and in the past year, I’ve spent most of my time reading self-development books, books around health, nutrition, and overall technical topics.
I hope you enjoy some of the top summer reads I selected and recommend for those looking for something different to add to their reading list.
- “S.P.Q.R A History of Ancient Rome” by Mary Beard
Although this is a nonfiction novel, Mary Beard does an amazing job at taking you through the winding and magical turns of the history of the Roman Empire. SPQR takes its title from a popular roman catchphrase, Senatus Populusque Romanus, ‘ The senate and people of Rome’. This book dives into how Rome grew and sustained its power and empire for so long. Fun fact I learned if you have ever visited Rome you can see small plaques and engraving around the city with the letters SPQR dating back centuries!
If you are a bit of a history nerd, (like me) and have a general interest in Roman history this is the book and the author for you. She also has a small mini-series on YouTube breaking down pieces of the book for you!
2. “Love For Imperfect Things” by Haemin Sunim
Haemin Sunim is a world-renowned Zen Buddhist teacher and writer of the decade. Through his words of wisdom, love, and kindness, this book will open your mind and heart to self-love, reflection, and acceptance.
Poetically Sunim invites you into a colorful and mystical world through his words and the illustrations that accompany his writings. By far one of my favorite books for the year. I have now read it around two to three times and am obsessed with the artwork done by Lisk Feng.
3. “Please Don’t Sit On My Bed In Your Outside Clothes” by Phoebe Robinson
#1 on my list for anyone looking for a writer who will literally make you laugh out loud and make your spit out whatever you drinking involuntarily. I had not read anything by Phoebe Robinson until this book and during one of my flights this past summer to NYC the title stood out to me. I bought the book just before boarding my flight and had one of the…