Summer is the perfect time for catching up on want-to-reads but that doesn’t mean you should stick with those breezy novels that scream “beach read” (though indulging every now and then is expected). The process of reading is not only mentally stimulating, but essential in getting inspired. For me it’s not a way to “get lost” but rather take my mind off autopilot in order to expand my horizons. Instead of a normal beach read, there are novels out there with complex and interesting plots, not to mention reads that explain the way our planet, our minds and our bodies work too.

Those of us who read constantly know deep down that our friends would too if they only had the right books set out in front of them – searching for great reads can become such a task if you don’t know where to begin. Well, today I did the work for you. Why not look through a few more book lists and new releases to see what else is out there? There’s a lot on this list so don’t be afraid to pick one of these up if it jumps out – even if it’s not something you’d normally go for.

Summer Book List |

To Explain the World by Steven Weinberg – In his latest, physicist and author Steven Weinberg takes us through ancient and medieval times to uncover the history and evolution of modern science. It’s not just about the fact that science plays such an important role in our world, but why and how we choose to discover it.

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton – This novel is sure to take you through a wave of emotions with an intense story line involving the main character Kevin looking back at a traumatic childhood experience and his spectacular journey in the mysterious mountains his town is threatening to destroy. It will have you looking back on your own memories, thinking about what it’s like to witness epic events at a young age.

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – If To Kill a Mockingbird holds a special place in your heart, you have to preorder your copy of this recently discovered early work of Lee’s, originally written in the 50s before To Kill a Mockingbird. If that wasn’t enough, it features the same characters returning to Maycomb later in life.

It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario – War photographer Lynsey Addario has led a life that most of us would never, ever consider – she’s witnessed the atrocities of war and documented them for others. She uncovers how photographing these events and more importantly the people – is her true calling, giving her own life purpose. You’re bound to hear many unnerving stories, but what you’ll be amazed by is one woman’s quest to discover and document the truth.

The Tibetan Yoga of Breath by Anyen Rinpoche – Tibetan Yantra Yoga, mindfulness practices, modern science and more all come together to teach healing, health and balance. And it all begins with the breath. These techniques help you achieve this vitality “down to the cellular level.” Intriguing much?

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens – In this fictional story of a group of strangers stranded on a mountain – all there in the first place for very different purposes, including an attempted suicide – Lansens explores the power of human relationships and how quickly these characters form a life saving bond.

The Mindfulness Survival Kit by Thich Nhat Hanh – Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh applies the 5 Mindfulness Trainings to modern life and asserts their necessary role today. He attempts to restore meaning, spirituality and morals with guidelines that everyone can appreciate and practice now.

The Sixth Extinction by Elizebeth Kolbert – Remember that time the dinosaurs went extinct? Yeah, that was the most recent of the last 5 mass extinctions, and Kolbert explains how we’re working on a 6th – and it’s bound to be the biggest mark humans leave on our planet. Through compelling scientific facts and the stories of animals already extinct or on the brink of extinction, the impact humans have on Earth becomes crystal clear.

Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith – This book is all about how to become who you really want to be. In it, you’ll discover what triggers cause you to act in a certain way. Goldsmith points out what amazing planners we all are – but when it comes to doing, not so much. Finally, you can enact real change in you life, not just dream of it.

What would you add to my list?

<3 Mish


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