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When I was a kid I hated the summer reading list. Who has time for that? I'd rather be doing anything else, literally ANYTHING! Wow, how things change when you become an adult, ha! I find myself reading more than I ever had in the past. This year I decided to put together my own summer reading list. Jake and I gave up TV before bed about a month ago and the goal is to read instead. I tend to be goal driven so what better way to stick to one challenge by adding another?!?!
Join the Challenge
Want to join me? Peer your home library, I know you have books on those shelves waiting to be read! Here's the challenge...
Determine how long your "summer break" is. I am determining mine by the school calendar, we get 2 months.
Select the categories of your reads (challenge #1). I decided that I was going to read a book each for Body, Mind and Spirit. I am all about self improvement, but if you want to read a new genre or explore a new author, or anything else, go for it! You set the rules for your categories.
Next grab as many books as you can comfortable read in that time. Then ADD ONE MORE BOOK (challenge #2)
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
A sweet friends mom dropped this book in my mailbox! She's also a yogi and in her message she said, "this book changed my life". DONE! It went to the top of the read list. I have to admit I already started (on page 78). So, this is the first book of the list! So far I adore it! I think this book fits into the Mind and Spirit category.
The Universe Always Has A Plan: The 10 Golden Rules of Letting Go by Matt Kahn
I am counting this one in the Spirit category. This book was a recommended read for my 300HR teacher training. I am so intrigued by the synopsis on the book jacket. "...Overcome self-sabotage, hardship, and anger... find true liberation and the infinite current of unconditional love...", sign me up! And at 155 page, I am all up for a quick read on letting that sh*t go!
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
This book is going into the Mind and Body categories. A #1 New York Times Best Seller! Dr. Bessel van der Kolk has spent over 30 years working with trauma survivors and explores "innovative treatments" (that includes YOGA) for the road to recovery. Seems like a really interesting read. I usually love books like this.
Gluten is my Bitch by April Peveteaux
The final book on my list, covering the body category. I read it when I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease almost 8 years ago. I think it's time to pick it up again. This disease has its ups and downs. Sometimes I am in need of a pick me up and a good laugh.
What books are on your list? Check in regularly with your progress and what you think of your reads. I will do the same. Share here or on social, I can't wait to connect!
Interested in checking out the books on my list? Check your local library or head over to Amazon, where I order all my books. The Books in this post are linked to their Amazon listing.