Reading Corner

Best Book I Read in July

I read “mini library” style

If my Kindle were actual books, it would look like the featured image above. I have a lot of TBR books. And I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but for those of you that are just catching me for the first time, I read multiple books at the same time. I may be swept away by one book for a few days, but then I like to switch over to another. I have to be in the mood to read a book. Sometimes I’m just not so I give myself options. It takes me a little while to get through all of them, so I’ll have a few weeks where I don’t finish anything, but then suddenly boom, I finish a book a day for like a week or so. I am currently reading the following titles:

  • The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson-37% done
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare-6% done
  • Exodus by Andreas Christensen-32% done
  • The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking-46% done
  • The Moon Dwellers by David Estes-7% done
  • Supervising Student Teachers by Marvin A Henry and Ann Weber-I’m on Chapter 3

The Vanishing Stair and Lady Midnight are part of my Goodreads YA book club challenge. I’m trying to read at least half of the book club’s book recommendations. They read 4 a month, which I do, but I don’t only want to read YA, so I Exodus, The Little Book of Lykke, and Moon Dwellers are ebooks I’ve either gotten for free for purchased for a nominal cost, through Book Bub. I get an email every day with potential reads, which is why my Kindle is so full. The last book is for a class I’m taking.

My favorite of July

But my current favorite out of all the books I’m reading has to be Sanctuaries by Dan Tricarico, one of my new favorite teacher-authors. He wrote another book that was also another favorite of mine. The Zen Teacher. After I read it, I wrote him an email telling him how much I appreciated him giving me the words to explain to other people about how slowing down and being more intentional can change your life. He wrote back thanking me for the feedback and told me he was glad he was on the right track with the book. Super cool!

In Sanctuaries, he really focuses on how important it is to find places and to be active in choosing behaviors that bring peace to what can be very hectic lives. He reminds us that if we want to feel better and be our best selves, we need to be proactive in how that happens. Everything we do is a choice. If we want to be less busy, we have to make changes. I’m halfway through, so I can’t necessarily review the whole book, but I can tell you that it’s another winner for me. My biggest takeaways so far are making sure that I am practicing what Dan calls the 5 S’s. Silence, Stillness, Subtraction, Space and Slowing Down.

I highly recommend this book as well as the Zen Teacher if you are feeling overwhelmed and really want to figure out ways to manage those feelings. Dan’s the guy to explain it.

What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations?

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