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Summer Must-Reads

Hey y’all! So we still have a few weeks of summer, and that means there’s still time for some summer must-reads. I’ve curated this list partially based on books I’ve read myself, as well as recommendations from friends, and of course, books that are making a name for themselves by just being that good. This is a pretty good mix, so if you like romance, there’s some of that, mystery/murder, we have that too. Check it out!

  • The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen. Obviously, since she is one of my favorite authors, this one had to be on the list. This is a great summer read, I was captured by it, and no matter your age, this is a YA novel worth the read. Once you get through this one, I recommend reading more of hers, they handle some serious topics, in a very realistic manner, and it’s a refreshing option.
  • One of Us Is Lying. I told you I’d give you some murder/mystery too, and this is wonderful for it. You’ll be wondering who did it the entire time, and quite frankly, if you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars, you’ll enjoy this book too.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing. This is on my to be read list, but I’ve heard great things and am looking forward to getting a chance to read it myself.
  • The Proposal. This one is your standard summer romance. I didn’t necessarily like the ending, I feel it lacked a bit, but overall the story was enjoyable, and light reading material for soaking up some sun on a beach.
  • Every Breathe by Nicholas Sparks. Another one of my favorite authors, I will recommend pretty much any book by him, because his writing and stories are just enthralling. I always find myself getting sucked into them.
  • Save the Date by Morgan Matson. This was a cute story, I really enjoyed how it progressed, and what the character went through.
  • Dear Evan Hansen. Yes, this is the same as the Broadway show, but trust me, you’ll want to read the book. I read this before seeing the show, and honestly, it helped me to understand his character better.
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain. Yes, it’s a movie out right now, but it’s also a book, and you should definitely give it a read. I always like to compare the book to the movie, so go get yourself a copy, and then go see this amazing film.

This is just a small list of the amazing books out there. Don’t be afraid to try a new genre, and definitely use your library to check off all of the books on this list. I personally can’t wait to continue reading more books, and finding more stories to fall in love with. Happy reading!

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Pick a Cause and Invite Your Coworkers to Help Support It

There are so many people and animals out there that need help, so pick a cause and invite your coworkers to help support it. Gather up books for kids, pet supplies for shelters, or even bags for the homeless.

Create a Lending Library

There’s nothing like kicking back during the summer with a good book, so create a lending library. This way, everyone saves money, and yet also gets to experience new books they may not have checked out before.

Sell Back Books

If you have a huge collection of books that you’ve read and no longer want, sell them back. Books A Million has a buy-back program now, and there are used bookstores who will buy and sell books for discounted prices.

Beach Bag Must-Haves

Hey y’all, warmer weather is here! I don’t know about you, but I am always looking forward to a beach or pool day, and that means having everything I need in my beach bag. So here are some of my beach bag must-haves, if I forget anything, let me know in the comments below!

Beach Bag Must-Haves:

  • A good book. I’m a bookworm, so part of the appeal of a beach/pool day is getting to crack open a book and read uninterrupted for a couple of hours while also working on my tan. You can go with a Kindle book or a real book, I personally prefer Kindle in the fact it is easier to travel with, and they now have one that is waterproof, yasss.
  • Sunscreen. This needs to be applied liberally throughout your beach day, and I usually bring two types, one for my face specifically, and one for the rest of my body. Also, the spray ones really don’t work, so it’s better to go with a liquid one.
  • Water. Gotta stay hydrated out in the sun! Plus, you’ll need something to alternate with the beer/alcoholic beverage of your choice that you’ll also be drinking.
  • Beach towels. Again, I usually take two, one to lay on, and one to use as a pillow.
  • Chapstick. It’s not winter, but your lips will still get dried out, so you’ll want to make sure you have some of that on hand.
  • Beer or alcoholic beverage of choice. A necessity for a relaxing day lol.
  • Hat. Whether you prefer a baseball cap or a wide-brimmed one with a cute saying, either will do to help protect your skin.
  • Snacks. No beach trip is a success without some of your favorite snacks for when you get hungry.
  • Shades. Gotta have those sunglasses on-hand at all times in the summer.
  • Hair ties. It never hurts to have an extra scrunchie or two on-hand at the beach. You may start out with your hair down, but for most of us, that doesn’t last long.

 

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Of course, there are some items that you’ll want to bring depending on if you’re doing a solo beach trip or one with friends. If you’re flying solo, you may want some headphones to listen to your music, whereas with friends, you may want a portable speaker instead. Now get on out there and enjoy the sun!

Read a Self Help Book

You may think it’s cheesy, but these books are great. I have a few suggestions for reading a self help book. Girl Wash Your Face and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are two of my personal favorites. They’re great motivators, and everyone can benefit from reading.

Read a Book While Working Out

Everyone always tells you how important it is to read a bit each day, and one of the best ways to do that is while you’re on a piece of cardio equipment. I read while on the exercise bike, that way I’m enriching my body and brain at once.

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