Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Reads

Recovering from surgery is always easier with good books! When I get really busy I start to weed out the not so important books on my "to read" list. I start grabbing for the ones I have to read immediately and can't wait to devour. The crazy thing is, I am currently reading all of these books at the same time. Call it ADHD, call it what you must, but I have to tell you, I have one at work, two in Athens, and the others at my parents. I can't be without a good book!
Here are some of the titles I have been enjoying this summer:
Such a beautiful story about a mother whose life was forever changed after the birth of her second daughter. They were not told before her birth that Baby Nella had Down Syndrome. Her first daughter, Lainey who the book is dedicated to, "shows her how to love" Nella. The author is so blessed with an amazing group of friends and family. The story is beautifully told with personal pictures taken by the author. This stirs up emotions and pulls at heart strings, and makes the reader appreciate life to the fullest.
Read more about this book here.
Somehow I missed this Food Network star, Ree Drummond. Never heard the name until we ordered her book at the library. Now I am totally obsessed with this woman! I just started, but I have been following her blog and it is so entertaining. Her book is about how she met her husband who she lovingly calls, The Marlboro Man. After living in Los Angeles for 4 years, she moves back to live with her parents in Oklahoma. There she meets a coyboy, completely opposite of what this LA loving, heels wearing girl would prefer. It is so cute, I just can't stand it! A true, feel good love story!
Read more about this book here.
Several years ago while attending BYU, I read the book, The Last Lecture. If you haven't read this book yet, you need to, it is short, so there are no excuses. This book, Dream New Dreams is by Randy Pausch's wife, Jai. It is the untold story of the caregiver of those with cancer. She brings to the reader's attention the need to "care for the caregiver," a thought many of us forget when loved ones are sick. She speaks directly to people suffering through trials and explains the path of moving on and "dreaming new dreams".
Read more about this book here.
I have plugged Jen Lancaster's books in the past. I have often described her as an inappropriate friend, one relationship that my dad would not approve. She has a new memoir out for developing into an adult (something she struggles with openly) and I have giggled a couple times already in the first three chapters. She is a loud mouth, some one I would never hang out with, she speaks her mind WAY too much, in saying that, she is my guilty pleasure author. She's also a Republican, so yea, I am a fan.
Read more about this book here.
Another author I have plugged and definitely a guilty pleasure read is the Stephanie Plum series from Janet Evanovich. These books make me laugh out loud with their hysterical mystery plots and crazy characters. They are quick reads (hence the reason I am on number 15 already), perfect for the beach or pool. In this book, Lula, Stephanie's parter in crime, has witnessed a murder and needs protection. Ms. Plum works for Ranger in this book, which I always love, and Morelli has been caught eating Joyce Barnhardt's lasagna. Let the drama begin!
 Read more about this book here.
With all these "guilty pleasure" references, you know I have to repent and add some LDS authors and books to my post! Recently I came across this fantastic parenting book. Yes, I know I am not a parent yet, but I believe in prepare, prepare, prepare. And I don't want to start reading parenting books after my kids are pulling down the blinds, slapping the cat, and running away from home with their tiny suitcases. I want to learn now about being an awesome parent and how to teach my children to be successful, responsible adults. Ok, whoa getting ahead of myself here, but you get what I mean, I want to be prepared! This book is a great start in my arsenal of parenting books and I plan to refer back. They teach parenting the way God teaches throughout the scriptures, good stuff right? I am really loving their ideas, currently reading it slowly and will reread a second time with a highlighter and a notebook in hand!
Read more about this book here.  
This is a great book for anyone interested in what goes on in our LDS Temples. We were asked to read this as a stake in the Athens 2nd ward and I have enjoyed it. President Packer does a wonderful job of explaining why we have temples, what they represent to us, and the symbolism involved. I have learned so much and I am only half way into the book.
Read more about this book here.

What are your favorite reads this summer?