Guys, it is officially SUMMER. Summer time is my least favorite season, ONLY because of the heat during the day. Everything else about summer I really love. I love having a break away from classes, vacation days, longer days and warmer nights, and of course, being able to read whatever I want.
It is funny to me because I actually read less during the summer season. I am not totally sure why, but I tend to slack off on my reading list. So here I am, making it a priority.
Even though it is summer, I am going to heavily focus on my research for my thesis. I have a pretty solid line up of fairytale anthologies, books of essays, and all that sort of good stuff that I am going to slowly read my way through. But! Fear not, this list is not going to be all about that. For this book haul, I kind of wanted to focus on this self-care/self-reinventing sort of mojo I have going on right now and explore that in multiple ways.
A book for reinventing and celebrating the woman in me: Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
I’ve been interested in this book, not just for the sake of my thesis, but also for a spiritual and personal reaction. I think it is going to be one of those inner, reflective, sort of books. I am hoping I can take this book, write tons of notes on it, and be able to put it to use in my own personal life; whether that is in the physical world, or in my mental and emotional state. I’m hoping it is going to guide me where I need to go, or at least help me towards that direction. I am really excited to get started on this one. Synopsis of the book.
A book for refreshing my creativity: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I read Big Magic before, however, recently I have felt like my spark has been dimmed a bit. I found myself thinking about some of the chapters in this book, and realized my brain needed it, my creativity needed it, and I needed it. This book is definitely re-read worthy, so if this is one you have already read, pick it up and read a few chapters. This is just one of those books where you sit there and you find yourself nodding at every other sentence because you feel it. There are so many gems in this book, and I think it is time for a refresher. Synopsis of the book.
A book that I can learn more about myself in the pages: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz
This book, and the next book, oh goodness, are they long time “to be read” books that I just never picked up. I have had this recommended to me many times, and with all of the craziness that has been circling inside my head, this is a necessary call. I will probably pick up more of his books, they seem soul cleansing, and lord knows I need some of that in my life. #reset and #refresh. Synopsis of the book.
A book that is going to tell me a story that I can reflect on: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I feel like this book stands on its own and there really isn’t an explanation needed as to why I want to read this one. It has been one of those books I have said I am going to pick up and read, and never do. Which is just an excuse at this point! I think this journey is needing to be explored right now. This book is always on my mind, and I am finally making it a priority. Synopsis of the book.
A book where I can reset my excitement for learning and celebrate art: The Secret Lives of Colors by Kassia St. Clair
I wanted to learn something and explore art in more realms than I am used to. I think exploring other avenues that aren’t so focused in on your specific “craft” if you are a creative, really helps open your mind. Colors are so magnificent and important that this book, I am hoping, gives me a new appreciation for something that seems so minor (totally IS NOT), but plays such a huge part in our world. I have heard nothing but amazing and great things about this book and I am excited to finally crack it open and see what it paints for me. Synopsis of the book.
This isn’t a super long haul of books. If you want some more book related things, check out my Spring list.
Drop in the comments to say hi and let me know how you are celebrating you and learning about you. Of course, book recs are always welcome.
As always, xoxo