Top Summer Reads and Tips for Choosing the Perfect Outdoor Book

Top Summer Reads and Tips for Choosing the Perfect Outdoor Book

Summer reminds me of when I was younger, laying outside on a beach towel surrounded by fields of corn with my pink boombox and a good book in my hand. Summer is the perfect time to get lost in a good book. Whether you're lounging by the pool, sitting in a garden, or enjoying the beach, a great book can transport you to another world.

As an author and entrepreneur, I find that reading not only relaxes me, but also inspires my own writing and creativity. I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite summer reads and tips on how to pick the perfect book for your summer relaxation. 

My Top 6 Summer Reads (Past and Present)

  1. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah 
  2. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
  3. The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
  4. Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
  5. That Time I loved You by Jill Gunderson
  6. Reflections of Joy by Kim Mosiman

Let's take a closer look as to why I recommend these 6 books as a potential summer read. 

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah - This book is an incredible story of friendship. it is touching and an emotional read, perfect for those long summer afternoons when you want to get lost in a powerful story. Pro tip: tissues are a must, and after reading if you haven't yet watched, there is a series on Netflix that captures the book beautifully.

Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne - If you are looking for a professional growth book this summer, "Blue Ocean Strategy" is a fantastic read. It offers insightful strategies for creating market space and making competition irrelevant. Pro tip: Have paper and a pen handy. I took so many notes while reading this book, because it was filled with great advice. 

The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich - Light, humorous, and downright addictive, the Stephanie Plum series is ideal for quick, entertaining reads. With a mix of mystery and comedy, it's perfect for keeping your spirits high during summer. Pro Tip: Start with book one and go in order. I'm up to book 26 and have already purchased through her most recent release.

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin - This novel covers the complexities of relationships and the choices we make. Emily Giffin's engaging storytelling makes it a great choice for reflective summer reading. Pro Tip: This is a very quick and easy read, perfect for long road trip reading.

That Time I loved You by Jill Gunderson - A book that beautifully connects the past with the present, while exploring themes of love, loss, and time travel. It's a perfect companion for those serene summer moments when you want to reflect on life's intricacies. Pro Tip: You won't want to put this one down, so carve out time to get fully lost in this book!

Reflections of Joy by Kim Mosiman - Filled with inspiring and uplifting personal stories, this book is a wonderful read for boosting your mood. Kim gently coaches you on how to reshape your relationship with health, embrace positive change, and rediscover the joy within. It's the kind of book that pairs well with a sunny day and a refreshing drink. Pro Tip: Have paper and a pen handy, you will want to take some notes to apply in your life for healthier living.

Tips for Picking the Perfect Summer Read

Choosing the right book for your summer relaxation can enhance your reading experience. Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect summer read:

  1. Consider Your Environment - Think about where you'll be reading. A light, breezy novel might be perfect for the beach, while a more thought-provoking book could be great for a quiet afternoon on the deck.
  2. Mix Genres - Variety is key.  Mix up your reading list with different genres - a bit of romance, some mystery, a splash of self-help, and maybe throw in some professional development. This keeps your reading experience fresh and engaging.
  3. Look for Recommendations - Personal recommendations from friends, family, or trusted book reviews can lead you to unexpected treasures. Sometimes the best reads are the ones you wouldn't have picked up on your own.
  4. Check out Bestsellers and Awards - Bestselling lists and literary awards can guide you to high-quality reads. Books that have won awards or are on bestseller lists often come with a guarantee of great storytelling and engaging content.
  5. Sample Before You Commit - Some books offer sample chapters online. Check the authors website to see if they offer any type of look into their book to help you decide.
  6. Think About Length - Consider how much time you'll have to read. If you have a limited reading time, look for shorter stories or quick reads. Longer novels are great for extended vacations. 

Summer reading is all about enjoyment and relaxation. Whether you're diving into a deep story like "Firefly Lane" or expanding your professional knowledge with "Blue Ocean Strategy," the right book can make your summer truly memorable. I hope my top summer reads and tips help you find the perfect book for your outdoor reading sessions.

May you get lost in many creative worlds this summer.

With Grace, Shonda

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