I am one of those people who absolutely love to read. As a child I was never without a book in my hand, even taking showers with them. (I ruined many a book that way!) Reading has always been important to my life, as an escape, as a way to get to know myself, as education. I read almost everything I can get my hands on. This summer I’m reading, have read, or will read:
The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer
I actually have had this book for over 8 years. My friend “lent” it to me, but we haven’t seen each other since then so I haven’t given it back yet. It was sitting on my shelf until one night when I saw a PBS special with Dr. Dyer and I was so into his message that I ran to my bookshelf and started reading the book. It truly has been something that I think I wasn’t meant to read until now, I don’t think I would have been able to get the message 8 years ago. The book is about manifesting your own reality, and paying attention to the hints that the universe gives you to help you along your path. This is the type of book you read over and over every few months, so that you can “refresh” the message. Definitely a must have.
Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss
I haven’t quite finished reading this book. I am almost exactly at the mid-point, where all the “work” begins. Caroline is working off of a theory that the famous psychiatrist Carl Jung had that all human beings have to work within basic archetypes that once we determine which ones are dominated in our psyches will help us to figure out our owns selves, our motivations, and most importantly our “sacred contracts”, which are our missions here on earth. It is some pretty heavy reading, but she tells some really great stories and if you are interested in the human condition, or if you are just someone who likes reality tv, you will find this very interesting. She also goes into how astrology can help us to work with our archetypes, but since I have not made it to that point yet I can’t give any more details on that.
A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows– George Martin
I love love LOVE the Game of Thrones series, and I just honestly felt like I needed to know what happened to the characters after this season.So I brought A Storm of Swords and I could not put the book down for an entire week. I was reading at the beach, in the car, on my lunch breaks, in the bathroom….I almost took it in the shower with me but it was too big to hold with one hand! ( That there is the secret for taking a shower with a book, it must be able to be held with one hand!) Then I finished that book, and it was right around the time that I posted the No-Buy that I planned to do all summer, but then….. I had to know what happened to everyone! It was just too much! So yes, I violated my own no-buy, however the no-buy was for makeup and clothing, and non-essential items, and I consider feeding my brain to be very essential! So I bought the fourth book of the series, A Feast For Crows. I am 1/4 of the way through and it is really good! I am not going to spoil it by even telling you what happens, but all I can say is the next season is going to be bad ass! I can’t wait!
Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll
My aunt gave me this book after she told me that she doesn’t think she will ever find a husband. ( how sad) I truly hope that she does find a husband because my aunt needs someone to love her and she deserves it more than anybody else I know. So far I have skimmed through it, gotten some good nuggets of advice, but I haven’t really sat down to read it through yet.
The Kid by Sapphire
This book is the sequel to Precious, also by Sapphire. I don’t even really want to read it, but I am the type of person that commits to a story. So after I read the Feast of Crows this is next on my list. Honestly Precious was the most gut wrenching movie that I ever saw, and it was something that stuck with me and really cut me deep. It was painful to watch and I know this book is going to be painful to read. I read part of the actual novel to Precious, and I couldn’t do it, it was just too much. But I am hoping that there is a happy ending for this kid. I really am.
When I was younger I worked for a temp agency that placed me in a section 8 housing project. The place looked nice enough, the property manager was very good about upkeep, and she even planted an award-winning butterfly garden for her residents. I was only there for a few weeks, about two months I think, and there was a story she told me about a young boy, whose mother had died. This poor little boy watched his mother die of AIDS in their apartment, he was about 8 years old, he spoke no english, neither did she. She wasted away in a back room, with no help, no medicine, no comfort, while he watched. It was the most awful thing that I think I have I ever heard and I have been stuck with this story in my head for almost 10 years.
I feel like this book might give me a better ending to that story.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
I have to admit, I first heard about Ayn during an episode of Mad Men where Cooper asked Don if he had read something of hers. I looked it up and downloaded a free e-copy of her book Anthem, and I was instantly captivated by her style. I briefly started reading this book, so I don’t have much to tell about it, but I am so intrigued by this writer, by her philosophy of objectivism, that I think I will be reading more of her things as time goes on. She is definitely someone that I want to get to know.
So there you have it, my summer reading list. I’ll probably add a few more books as summer goes along, we are only in mid-July, and we have a whole other month.
See ya later Jenni Lee