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Currently Reading: Summer 2017

Currently Reading: Summer 2017

Summer is not an excuse to read in my book. While many might take advantage of pool time and lazy beach days to dive into a book, I’m constantly reading and always looking for suggestions of new books. While I love a good bookstore or library, I typically stick to reading on a Kindle, and more often than not, can be found reading on the Kindle app on my iPhone while waiting to pick up my son from school. While I’m most typically drawn to fiction, I’ll usually read anything that looks interesting to me, hence the eclectic mix on the list below of what I’m reading this month.
 
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan. The third in a series of hilariously funny books about a group of ridiculously wealthy families (although they all seem to be related in a big convoluted way) centered in Singapore but spread around Asia, Europe, and the United States. If you’re looking for the ultimate beach read, this is definitely one to pick up. I think it could be read solo but Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend are the first two if you want to start with those. I read this in about 48 hours and couldn’t put it down. 

Classic Style by Kate Schelter. This is, without a doubt, the prettiest book I've read in a long time. A mix of text and pictures, this talented artist wrote an eclectic book about her own classic style and illustrated it with her beautiful pictures. 

Surf Shack: Laid Back Living By The Water by Nina Freudenberger. A great inspiration book with pictures and text detailing homes of surfers around the world. While they're not all my style, I love seeing how people lived and couldn't put this down. 

Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner. While the author writes a well-known blog called Design for Mankind, I didn’t actually discover it until after I picked up her book. I was expecting it to be a manual for how to live a calmer, less hectic life and it is but as more of a memoir of how she came to this place in her life. I loved reading her story and found it inspiring for quieting things down.
 
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco. If you’re a follower of politics at all, you’ve probably heard the author’s name in the context of the Obama White House. She started working for him when he was still a senator and ultimately held the position of deputy chief of staff. This book is a great mix of a portrait of a staffer’s time working in the White House, some career advice, and an entertaining memoir mixed in. 
 
At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe by Tsh Oxenreider. A writer who took, with her husband, took their three young children around the world on a year long trip. This is her memoir of that experience and I really appreciated her conflicting internal struggles of wanting to follow a sense of wanderlust while simultaneously wanting to be a homebody. 
 
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne, M.Ed. and Lisa M. Ross. I read this a few months before Jack was born but in the aftermath of having a baby, much of what I read was lost. Someone recently mentioned the book to me and so I just started rereading it. Now that we’re in a chaotic state of lots of books and toys, it seems like it may have more value to me now than it did before having Jack.

Party Girls Die In Pearls by Plum Sykes. Thinking about picking this up for my next read and a good summer road trip book. Has anyone read it? Thoughts?
 

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