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July 30, 2016

My Summer Reading List

Does anyone else remember those summers between school years when you had assigned reading? Perhaps, that is why I always associate summer with reading-summer reading! Recently, I ordered some books from Amazon, which I will be reading well into fall. See below!

  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown:  Multiple people have suggested this book to me. When you go on Pinterest, you see all these quotes about taking risks. You read about people who risked it all to go after their dream. But what happens if the risk doesn’t work out? It can be in any facet of your life. I can think about one particular time when I took a risk-I trusted someone I should not have. I spent so much time beating myself up; it was exhausting. I hope that this book encourages me to take the risks-in all areas of my life-that we all need to take.
  • Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder by Arianna Huffington: Another self-help book. I was disappointed when I couldn’t go to the Boston Business Women conference, featuring, Arianna Huffington. Also, the particular book store that I went to was out of The Power of Positive Thinking, so I picked this one up instead. I glimpsed at the first few pages, in which Huffington brings to light how overworked we all are. People often brag about how little sleep they get, because I guess it means they work hard? I need sleep, so I can get behind Huffington’s argument!
  • Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again: by Teresa Giudice and K.C. Baker (the latter probably pretty much wrote it): Judge me all you want, but we all need to engage in our guilty pleasures from time to time. One of mine is the Real Housewives franchise (I mainly watch Orange County, New York City and New Jersey). What drew me to this book is that the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 7 is running now. Let’s be honest, very few celebrities write their own books (I actually am curious to find out which ones do and which ones do not).  I am wondering how it will stack up to Orange is the New Black, which I read this fall.
  • The Power of Positivity by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale : I love self-help books and am always looking for ways to improve myself. One of my goals is to be more positive. Recently, Dog Geared Tails (how cute are her dogs!?) gave this one a positive review. I am hoping it gives me some good tools for staying positive in adversity. As they say, “Life is not waiting about the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.” Cliche, but true.
  • What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love by Carole Radziwill: Okay, I feel like this is a step up in authenticity from Teresa Giudice. Unlike Teresa Giudice, Carole Radziwill had a career as a writer. On TV, Carole is soft-spoken and quiet compared to the rest of the clan. This memoir tells the story of how Carole lost her closest friend, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, JFK Jr. and Carole’s husband’s cousin passed away in a plane crash. Three weeks later, Carole lost her husband to cancer. I can’t even imagine surviving such tragedies, one right after another. I look forward to hearing about this Real Housewife’s background, and specifically, how she was able to move on from such adversity.
  • Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy by Ally Hilfiger
    I love memoirs (which is why there are two other ones on this list). This one is penned by Tommy Hilfiger’s daughter, Ally, who you may have seen on the MTV show, “Rich Girls,” in the early 2000s. I always think we have a lot to learn from one another. Recently, I have been hearing more about Lyme disease, mainly because a few celebrities have discussed their battles with it. One of the main themes in individuals’ personal stories is that this disease is invisible. I don’t watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but I know know Yolanda Foster has been the subject of conversation, and it has even been suggested that she has Munchausen Syndrome. How frustrating to be sick, especially when everyone around you says that you are faking it. I am curious to read Ally’s experience with Lyme disease, which stole much of her childhood. Another reason I picked it up? Ally is a fellow Sacred Heart alumni!

What books are you reading right now?


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