It's funny when I compare my present-self to myself as an younger teen. Back then, I was not a big reader. I had read a lot of books, but it was not considered a big hobby of mine. It was probably because teachers in school forced us to read boring literature. Like, what kind of teen wants to read a book about historical periods that end with devastating plot twists? Not me!
By the time I turned sixteen, however, I began to enjoy reading a bit more. My sister introduced me to the Harry Potter series and it immediately changed my point of view on long chapter novels with no pictures. Because of my obsession from those books, I was brought up to other creative and inspiring stories such as The Secret, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Gimme a Call, Big Magic, and so much more.
My favorite time to read is in the summer. Why not? It's perfect for when you're relaxing in the sun. There's also more free time without homework or classes! I am very relieved that I will have to worry about being assigned reading projects for the summer, that's one of the other reasons why I used to hate it. Now that I have zero projects to worry about this summer, it gives me more time read more! Here are some of my recommendations for your summer reading:
1.) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling
Words cannot put together my anticipation for the eighth book to come out! I know it is supposed to be a form of the upcoming play's screenplay and not actually novel-like, I am super stoked to read the about the characters' lives nineteen years after The Deathly Hallows took place. I already have my calendar marked to buy one of the first copies at Barnes & Noble on July 31! Ironic fact, that is the same day of JK Rowling and Harry Potter's birthday!
2.) "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you feel like you are not so much the "creative type", then you're wrong. When you read this book, your whole perspective on creativity will change, whether you consider yourself artsy or not. Elizabeth Gilbert, most known for Eat, Pray, Love, is one of my favorite authors, and one of the most influential novelists to exist to date. This book has encouraged me to work hard on my blog and to keep up my high hopes for using it as a career one day. I guarantee once you finish this book, you will be very inspired to use creativity in any way possible.
3.) "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky
I think this is a great book to read while in high school or college. It is a very inspirational coming-of-age story, kind of similar to The Breakfast Club in a way. Taking place in the early 1990's, a shy and unpopular teen boy named Charlie journeys through freshman year of high school. He feels very alienated until he meets a group of seniors who embrace his non-conformist status and befriend him. It is a very heartfelt tale, reminding me of how joyful friendships are throughout pre-adult years and how important it is to cherish those moments with the ones who appreciate you most.
4.) "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" by JK Rowling
Once again, another Harry Potter recommendation. I figured this would be a great summer reading option since every Potterhead is super pumped about the new movie with the same title later this year. The original book is actually based on a textbook about magical creatures that the characters have to read during their first year at Hogwarts. The movie, however, is actually going to be about the discovery of magical beasts, long before the book was written. The best part of this book is that you can see hilarious handwritten notes from Harry, Ron, and Hermione about their own personal experiences with beasts. It really is like re-reading the series from the beginning again!
5.) "You Are A Badass" by Jen Sincero
If you think you are weak and useless, you need to read this book! Jen Sincero is a very great self-encouraging coach who is open to share her hilarious and inspirational stories, and she is certainly not afraid to use a swear word every once in a while. This book is a perfect how-to-guide on letting go of doubts and challenging yourself to change negative behavior and create the life that you deserve. It's about time to make some damn money, the kind that you have never made before!
6.) "Hero" by Rhonda Byrne
Rhonda Byrne's bestselling New Thought books have received so much world-changing recognition. Ever since I first read The Secret, my point of view on psychology and religion became a bigger impact on my life, and it has helped me decrease anxiety and become more positive. After reading Byrne's addition Hero, I found the law of attraction even more useful. I began sharing my happiness with the universe and it felt like I was receiving practically everything I have been asking, such as when Jimmy Fallon read my Tweet on his show! I highly recommend reading this book, I guarantee you will become the hero of your own life.
7.) "Celebrate" by Lauren Conrad
Two of my favorites: Lauren Conrad and party-planning. I love decorating and hostessing special events, especially with friends and family. I am anxious to learn more about how to throw the perfect classy party someday, and I believe that Lauren's fabulous taste in design and decor has the best ideas.
8.) "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch
Life is short, so read this option! Randy Pausch was a very intelligent professor of computer-science and design who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in his late forties. Despite dying at a young age, he has made many incredible accomplishments during his lifetime. Before his death, he set up his "last lecture" on how to live life to the fullest, and how to accomplish both childhood and adulthood dreams. I think this book is a great lesson on why it is important to cherish the presents moments and live like death is coming tomorrow. I am sure that Pausch would be very proud of the many people who read his lecture and become inspired to accomplish their dreams.
9.) "#GirlBoss" by Sophia Amoruso
How a person who starts off broke and becomes the founder and CEO of a $250-million-plus fashion retailer known as Nasty Gal has a huge impact. Sophia never considered herself the CEO type of girl, yet she seemed to accomplish a huge goal that anyone could long for. Anyone can find the right path to success, no matter how much trouble or naysayers that path holds. This novel proves that success does not come from your college status or your popularity in high school, it's about trusting yourself, having faith in what you dare to achieve, and learning which rules you can follow or break.
10.) "Gimme a Call" by Sarah Mlynowski
Have you ever wished you could talk to your past-self and ask them to change their regretabble actions so that they would not be an influence to your present-self? In this book, a new life is only one phone call away! A senior high school girl gets granted by magic when she drops her phone in a fountain and finds only one contact left: her freshman high school-self. This gives her the chance to convince her past-self to change the future, which can help her get into a better college and to forget about a guy who broke her heart. However, sometimes changing the future can have consequences and create problems for balancing a life. This a very good novel for anyone who likes a good chick-lit with light fantasy and comic mishaps.
What book(s) do you plan on adding to your summer reading list? Comment down below and share! :)
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