Sunday, June 11, 2017

Books I'm reading this summer

Images of summer always spark those golden hues of sun rays breaking over a field, or a strand of sand and glistening water. It's when staying indoors isn't as exciting as heading outdoors, unless of course you live
somewhere where it is utterly humid and the need for air conditioning is a must. It's also a time when early weekend mornings are best spent strolling through the long aisle of fresh produce, with a market basket in tow, as you greet your favorite vendors at the local farmer's market. In which case, the thought of an afternoon picnic comes to mind, or an intermission to enjoy a piece of pastry and a cup of coffee on an empty bench while soaking up a few minutes in a book. So as many are looking for some rest and relaxation time, this season's list of books is all about the calming and melodic rhythm of poetry, some daydreaming in the South of France, a bit of adventure mixed with humor, and thought provoking insights into the gifts of imperfection.

For past book lists, click here.


1. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

This book takes the reader on an adventure to the South of France, as the author and his wife choose to relocate there after buying an old farmhouse. While they adjust and transition into the country life, the reader is given more than a glimpse into the culture of the area and the way the seasons impact daily life and rituals. It will have you dreaming of a summer getaway to Provence, sipping on local wine, and taking long afternoon siestas.

2. Upstream by Mary Oliver

Being new to Mary Oliver, I have been drawn to the beauty of her words, her attention to detail, and her reflective thoughts. I have read how her poems and essays have inspired curiosity, creativity, and thoughtfulness.

3. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Follow Mark Twain's adventure through Europe and the Holy Land aboard the "Quaker City" ship, as he provides a detailed account of his experiences with a more or less humorous and critical perspective.

4. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Brené Brown has captivated me ever since I first listened to her Ted Talk on vulnerability. Since then, I have always gained so much from her words, and am excited to dive into The Gifts of Imperfection. In this book, she addresses those thoughts we often live by as we strive to live up to societal expectations, and encourages us to take on a new perspective that declares "we are enough".


  1. Great choices! I anguished for awhile at a used bookstore over A Year in Provence and wondered if I had enough luggage space to take it... I'll have to pick it up next time I see it.

    1. Thank you! I've actually been told recently, by two different people, that there is a series! I haven't bought any of the other books, but if I find them in a used bookstore, I probably will. :)