Summer Reading; Self Discovery and Passions
I have a confession to make; I’ve not done a lot of summer reading. Outside of my three magazine subscriptions… it seems short installments of words is all I can stand.
My summer has been packed with settling into a new job, maintaining my other freelance writing contracts, swim lessons, band camp and football practice. Talk about crazy… but I love it. Unfortunately it hasn’t allowed me a lot of time for reading for pleasure.
So I’ve actually decided to put my summer reading on hold until school starts in August. I know that defeats the purpose of summer reading but since I’ll have all four kids in school this year and I still work from home part time, I’m planning on setting aside time in my work day for uninterrupted reading time.
The one way my fall reading will be different from my guilty pleasure reading from last year is that this fall I’m focusing on self-discovery and personal passions. I know, I know it might sound boring but there’s so much I have yet to learn about that I just feel the need to grow a little. It will be good for my writing and my voice.
30 Days to Make and Sell a Fabulous Ebook is the brain child of my good friend Angela England. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Angela for about three years now and have also had the pleasure to work with her on some creative projects. I bought her ebooks in the past and I’m so thrilled to say that I’ve NEVER been disappointed. Writing my own ebook has been a dream of mine for the past three years so (I think that’s how I met Angela actually – brain picking ideas for ebooks) and Angela and I have had enough conversations about that I know with the help of this book, I can get there.
What I love about the way Angela writes is that it feels like she’s right in the room having the conversation with me and she explains things perfectly and even offers additional resources where you can learn more about something. Her 30 Days ebook is literally cut into day by day information and homework for me to do. I’ve read through her 30 Days ebook already and as soon as the kids start school I’m going back through the book to start the homework. I do have a confession though; I’ve already done my homework for days one and two so I already feel like I’m ahead of the game. Here’s the best part about Angela’s book, she isn’t just selling an ebook, she’s giving me a window to a whole community built around her 30 Days ebook where I can get help, advice or just bounce ideas off of other writers (swoon and sigh).
Life is a Verb; 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful and Live Intentionally by Patti Digh. I met Patti and heard her speak at the Type-A Parent Conference in June and was instantly inspired by how we can find our voices and be extraordinary in our own ways. Simply put: I was moved – to rediscovering my passion for living extraordinarily and more intentionally every day. Her book is also interactive and you know this because right on page nine of the prologue the top of the page reads, “Always Carry a Pencil" Or "How to Read This Book.” That sentence was what made me know I had to have this book and dive into it.
I’ve considered also buying Patti’s other book, Creative is a Verb; If You’re Alive, You’re Creative but I really want to get through this one before I start another (but believe me, it’s on the “to read” list).
Home-Ec 101: Skills for Every Day Living – Cook It, Clean It, Fix It, Wash It by Heather Solos. While I was at Type-A Parent Conference I also got the chance to meet and attend a session by Heather, of course it wasn’t on housekeeping (it was actually on building blog traffic) and though I’d already bought her book for my Nook reader, it was a delight to meet her in person. Another hands on book it seems and before you laugh at me (for those of you who know me); I hate house cleaning and I’m horrible at meal planning.
I don’t expect to be keeping a spotless castle after reading this book but I am hoping to gain some insight on some clutter control (oh clutter my nemesis) and also how to take the rush and blank stare out of fixing dinner. I have to say that I’ve already read a bit of Heather’s book and I LOVE how she makes everything so relatable and includes some wonderful and humorous antidotes to her information and instruction. Her book is just as lovely and funny and warm as she is.
I know this doesn’t seem quite like a book list to get lost and carried away in but I have different goals this year and I have a much busier schedule. Some people might call these books “self-help” but not me; I prefer to call them self-discovery books and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with discovering a little more about yourself!
Want to see more of my eclectic library? Visit me on Goodreads.com and view what I’ve read, am reading and can’t wait to read!