1. If you want to be happier:
Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
This one came as a recommendation from Janssen and I am so glad I picked it up. I kept jotting notes on a scrap of paper by my bed, things I wanted to try, tips I needed to remember. It really did help me be happier at home!
2. If you love YA and are ok with awkward crushes on fictional teenage boys:
I reread this one recently in preparation for the movie* (comes out 2 months from today!) and died all over again. The female protagonist is strong, smart and capable (NOT BELLA). Her love interest is snarky and kind of like a goth homeschooled kid (you have to read to see what I mean). The supporting cast is lots of fun. AND! It's a series! If you're the type of person who prefers the story to go on and on, this is a good starting place. There are currently 5 books with another slated to come out in 2014.
*they better not screw up Jace, or SO HELP ME.
3. If you want to be deeply inspired:
I kind of don't know what to even say about this book. The author wrote a memoir and was approached by Hollywood about turning it into a movie. In the process of writing the movie script, he got to "rewrite his story" and his thoughts on being able to rewrite his life and the applications to my own life are...amazing. Just read it, ok?
4. If you love food:
This book was what I hoped the "Eat" section of Eat, Pray, Love would be. Sumptuous descriptions of food interwoven with funny, heartwarming, fascinating tales from the life of a NY Times food critic (who often went out to eat in disguise!). I ate it up.*
5. If you are a fan of classics and sharp, witty writing:
I got this book for my brother for Christmas a couple years ago and ended up stealing it right back. If you love the Sherlock Holmes of the movies and BBC (oh, Benedict), you will love him just as much on the page.
What are you summer reading recommendations? Let's hear 'em!
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