5 Books On My Summer Reading List

Hello, friends, and a big happy Thursday to you! Tomorrow is the weekend — we are SO close! Hang on a little bit longer. 🙂

One of my favorite things to do on weekends is to get lost in a good book. And there’s something about summertime that makes pleasure reading feel even more luxurious. Even though so many of us work full-time and have adult responsibilities, taking the time to indulge in a good book in the sunshine can make us feel like kids again. So, with the official start of summer being right around the corner, I’m excited to share some of my favorite books and some books that I hope to read this summer. I created this list with you, my sweet readers and friends, and your interests, in mind…and I hope that you’ll love them!

5 Books On My Summer Reading List

  1. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines 

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If you don’t know Chip and Jo, then feel free to come stay at my house because you must be living under a rock. And if you do know Chip and Jo, but don’t like them, then we can’t be friends. Just kidding. 🙂 But seriously, y’all (totally getting in the Texas mood here), what’s not to love about these two? I read their book earlier this year and was so intrigued by the real, behind-the-scenes story about how their family started and what is now the household name of Magnolia came to be. This book had me both laughing and in tears, and I love how they humbly tell their story and boldly share their faith. I’m reading it again this summer because it’s just that good for my soul.

Read this book with a glass of sweet tea on some grass in your barefeet, and you’ll be hooked with their big hearts and southern charm. Get your copy of the Magnolia Story here.

2. 50/50 by Dean Karnazes 

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This is the second book I’ve read (well, am currently reading!) by super duper ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes and I love it! In 2006, Dean set out on an epic journey to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days – and this book shares everything you’d want to know about such a crazy running adventure.

Dean also shares his tips for marathoners and anyone looking to build their endurance throughout the book. I started this book earlier this week with the start of my marathon training plan, and it has been so motivating! I hope you’ll find it inspirational throughout your next training cycle, too. Be inspired by 50/50 and buy the book here.

3. Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist 

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I’m sure you’ve heard of Shauna Niequist’s latest best-seller, Present Over Perfect, but have you read her earlier books? I’m a big fan of Bittersweet and Bread & Wine, but I just picked up Cold Tangerines at a thrift store last week and am excited to dive into it after finishing 50/50. Reading Shauna’s memoirs feels exactly like grabbing coffee with a friend who knows you inside and out, who you can belly laugh and talk about the hard stuff with. I think you’ll love it! Add Cold Tangerines to your poolside reading list.

4. Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

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Rich Roll’s podcast is one of my favorites to listen to for all things running, endurance sports, and plant-based diets (I’m not 100% plant based yet but am trying to get a little better every day), and once I found out that he wrote a book – I had to add it to my summer reading list!

This book promises to be an inspiring story about how Rich overcame addiction and turned his life around at age 40. He went from being unhealthy and out of shape to one of the world’s fittest men. I can’t wait to read about his journey and I hope you will join me! I love the idea that it is never too late for anyone to start living a healthier, happier life. Pick up your copy of Finding Ultra here, and be sure to check out Rich’s podcast as well.

5. At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider 

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I listen to Shauna Niequist’s podcast (can you tell she’s one of my favorites?) and she recently had Tsh Oxenreider on her show. Tsh and her husband decided to pack up their family (three kids under 10!) and spent a year backpacking as a family all around the world. This book tells of their adventures and I can’t wait to read it and hopefully satisfy my wanderlusting heart. 🙂 This one would be so fun to do for a book club. Buy a copy and read along with me!

What books are on your reading list this summer? Have you read anything recently that you’d recommend? A girl can never have too many books on her list. 🙂

Sending much love and wishing you a happy summer with LOTS of free time to read poolside!



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