Great Summer Reads

Like I talked about in my last edition of “Her Perspective,” one of the goals I have for myself is to read more. I have so many books – most of them, poetry – but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten through them fully. Because school and work took up all of my time, I had no time to actually sit down and finish them.

Now, I have the time, and to hold myself accountable, here are the five books I intend to read this summer. These books are also ones I think you should check out, too.

5. The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

I’ve read this book for a high school assignment and fell in love with it ever since.

“The House on Mango Street” is a collection of short prose from the narrator, the author, who draws on her experiences and challenges living in the community house – which is “The House on Mango Street.”

4. The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene

“The 48 Laws of Power” is a book I hear and see on Tik Tok quite often, with users picking and choosing specific laws that they gravitate towards.

I know a few laws, such as the “Law of Attraction,” and I want to learn more about what these powers are and how I can use them.

3. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Something in me was saying that I should read at least one self-help book that focuses on finances this summer.

I think stepping into the real world as a college graduate, it’s going to be important for me to learn how to navigate the world and be smart with my money. Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” seems like the book that could help me.

2. The Best American Sports Writing of the Century – David Halberstam

My former professor and newspaper advisor gave me this book as a graduation gift. (Thank you Professor Diulio!) Knowing that I want to pursue a career in sports writing, it doesn’t hurt to learn from some of the best that came before me.

I’ve already began reading this book, and I intend to take note of some of the things I like and don’t like and how I can incorporate it all into my writing.

1. Hunger – Roxane Gay

I got this book years ago at a women’s leadership conference. After hearing Roxane Gay as the main speaker, I knew I would like her work.

“Hunger” by Roxane Gay focuses a lot on her mental health, relationships with herself and others, and her eating disorder. There’s a lot to learn from this book and how it’s relatable in my own life, and I want to actually sit down and finish it.

Have you read any of these books? What is on your summer reading list? Let me know below in the comments!

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