Summer for the Northern Hemisphere is just around the corner. Time of travels & summer vacation/holidays, beach time, playing at the park, and of course summer reading. There's nothing like cracking open a book and losing yourself in another world while soaking up some rays of sunshine. i have been compiling my list of reads for this season including some classics. i would share a few books i have read with you to add to your list. Maybe you have a few you would like to share with me and my readers as well!
Have you read Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy yet? This dystopian series where "one choice can change you" is a captivating story. i really liked how it made you look at society through the choices you make. A very interesting read. If you liked Hunger Games, you will love this series too. i have to say the art work & typography on these books really drew me in. i especially love the cover of Insurgent!
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a quick non-fiction read that will make you want to write about your own life. There are gems in her words too like: "there is a specific kind of talking that occurs between two people who are engaged in the creation of art...This banter, this art speak, is nonsensical, meandering, intimate, and purposeful." It made me laugh out loud in certain places at the truisms of daily life.
John Green's The Fault in our Stars is such a good read. i don't want to give too much away. i am the kind of reader that wants to wrap myself up in a book and let it unfold in my mind. i don't want people telling me too much and i despise it when back covers give away the story. So all i am going to tell you is that it is an easy read, told from a great perspective, and will have you up all night trying to finish it.
Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore are a YA (Young Adult) series of companion books. They aren't sequentional necessarily but do tie into each other as they take place in the "Graceling Realm." i think Fire is my favorite but i reserve the right to change my mind. Again these are easy reads with strong female leads in each book along with some really enjoyable other characters.
Ok so Flow isn't a book technically, it's a magazine. It is a really amazing Dutch magazine filled with so many great articles and features. The magazine is broken down into 4 sections, Simplify Your Life, Feel Connected, Live Mindfully, & Spoil Yourself. It feels more like a book than a magazine. Flow is very creatively designed including fun fonts, different types & textures of paper, and always has extra items.
Extras like banners, cut & paste illustrations for your inspiration boards, Alphabet Postcards, Window Clings, Cool Envelopes, etc. It's so much fun to open up the magazine and find inspiration for all parts of my life. Flow International now has 5 issues (only 4 available for purchase) out and i treasure each of them like a book! It's a great magazine to add to your summer reads.
Do have any books you have read recently? Please feel free to leave the name & author in the comments so we can all share!