Positive thoughts and practices are the
weights that keep us sharp and toned.
“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
I believe the sooner you understand that, the more you will get out of life.
I was that middle-schooler that did everything else but read her summer books. I’d try to get into it, but something else more sports-like ended up grabbing my attention and I never fully read the books before the start of school (Not my mom’s fault). Oh but let’s take a moment and thank GOD for Spark Notes. Lawd, without them, I’d still be in middle school LOL!
Anywho, as I’ve grown, I learned to appreciate the golden nuggets and fresh perspectives that comes from the thousands of words compressed between the covers.
Although I don’t consider myself a fast reader at all, I still try my best to get through as many books as I can each year.
I attended a weekend workshop with Les Brown and in his beginning stages, he gave himself the task of reading one book a week.
And one of my spiritual mentors (in my head) TD Jakes says, “You cannot lead if you do not read.”
With that being said, here are 5 summer reading suggestions. PLEASE return the favor and load me up with good book suggestions in the comments.
“A true leader never stops being a student.”
1 - The One Philosophy by Nancy Matthews
We all know the golden rule of treating others with kindness. But this book shows you how to live a life of being “The One” for those around you. That could be asking a friend if she’d like you to accompany her to an important doctor’s appointment or being present in the moment and listening to how your kids’ day went at school in the car instead of riding with music on, or something as simple as smiling and kindly saying thank you to the bank teller that assisted you. I practice daily to be The One for each and every person I encounter. Give this short and easy book a read.
2 - Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
This book is for that go-getting woman who needs some advice on how to continue to build her empire. This book served as my big sister. Someone who has built her empire and is reaching back and helping those of us who are coming up. Give this “best friend in a book” a read.
3 - The Sensational Salesman by Duane Cummings
Man, if you think you can’t make it after what you’ve been through, read this book and you’ll gain a new perspective. It also demonstrates the importance of having mentors in your life. In this life, we are truly helpers one to another and this book is a beautiful example of that. Get ready to be enlightened and give this book a read.
4 - Becoming by Michelle Obama
Boy oh boy. This has probably been the most talked about book since the end of last year and it’s for good reason! The book is her memoir that talks about personal experiences and her finding her voice. What I love about this book is seeing her humanness. How she played with dolls and talked about her 1st kiss. Most of all, I appreciate the vulnerability that she was willing to share. Now, you MUST have a highlighter because the vocabulary this women uses is colorful and I have dictionary.com OPEN and READY each time I read a page lol!! For that reason alone, you should give this book a read.
5 - The Bible
I am a faith-based human. Reading and understanding the rules that I live by is imperative to me. Yes, I go to church and listen to my amazing pastor preach, but I like to know and understand things for myself. Although I haven’t gotten through the whole bible like I’ve wanted to (It’ll happen soon), I at least like a little taste of it each day by reading my Verse of the Day from the Bible app. I share it in my Instagram stories each day and it has really blessed my audience. Looking for a total life changing, daily feeding book, give this a read.
These are my 5 summer reading book suggestions. If you’ve read any of these, let me know what your takeaway was.
Someday soon, my own book will be on this list. Stay tuned!
Don’t forget to leave me some suggestions below!