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The Ultimate Summer Reading Guide

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There are always tons of articles out there about what to read over the summer. It seems like summer is the time for relaxing on the beach with a book in hand, so what will you be reading? If you don’t already have one, get a library card, and maybe even invest in a Kindle. Many libraries offer programs that allow you to check out Kindle books for free.

Now here is our list of Summer Book Lists….

This Summer’s 14 Must-Read Books
WIRED Magazine

  • Magic and Loss by Virginia Heffernan
  • Grunt by Mary Roach
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
  • The Girls by Emma Cline
  • ……

10 Books to Read This Summer
Entertainment Weekly

  • We Are Not Such Things by Justine Van Der Leun
  • The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale
  • The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
  • ……

What We’re Reading With Our Kids This Summer
The New Yorker

  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
  • The B.F.G by Roald Dahl
  • Harry Potter series
  • …..

31 Great Summer Books
Real Simple

  • Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected—A Memoir by Kelle Hampton
  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
  • My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
  • The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
  • …..

The Best Beach Reads for a Summer Getaway

  • The Vacationers by Emma Straub
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The One & Only by Emily Griffin
  • …..

5 Books to Read This Summer
Bill Gates

  • Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson
  • How Not to be Wrong, by Jordan Ellenberg
  • The Vital Question, by Nick Lane
  • The Power to Compete, by Ryoichi Mikitani and Hiroshi Mikitani
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Noah Yuval Harari


19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About

  • Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips
  • Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam
  • Marrow Island by Alexis Smith
  • Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
  • …..

There you have it! Everything from fiction to non-fiction, thrillers to science. Now you can’t complain about being bored this summer with all these great books to read. And if you plan to read them at the beach, be sure to check out our summer sun safety tips.

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Book Recommendations You Don’t Want to Miss

Let’s make binge-reading a thing! There is already binge-watching, that thing you do when you end up cramming a whole season of a show into one day (I know you’ve done it!). So why hasn’t binge-reading taken off? Probably because reading is work. It takes a lot of mental energy to pay attention to the words you’re reading and comprehend them. We prefer watching tv and movies because they are passive, we just stare at the screen, the words and images go into our heads, and that’s it.

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Ok, so now you’ve decided you should probably start reading more. If you can’t remember the last book you read, and don’t know if your library card is expired, it’s time to pick up a book. But where to start? If you can’t think of a book you’ve had on your reading list, then look for recommendations. One of the top lists is the New York Times Best Seller List. These books are on their for a reason! If you don’t want to look there try checking out the top books on Amazon, or look at the new releases at your library. There are so many books, I know you will find something.

Do you want my recommendations? Oh, how sweet of you to value my book choices. I hope I don’t steer you wrong. I’m going to offer a range of books for you to take a look at and I bet you’ll find something!

How to Win Friends and Influence People
By Dale Carnegie
The title is cheesy, I know, but it’s a great book! It’s good for those in any field, or those just looking to make friends. I use some of the advice in my daily life, that’s how much I liked this book.

The Martian
By Andy Weir
This book was just made into a movie starring Matt Damon. Please read the book first! I read the book before they even announced a movie and after I finished I knew they’d do a movie on it. The movie is alright, but the book is so packed with information that just can’t get put into the movie. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy space, science, and books with suspense.

Humans of New York Stories
By Brandon Stanton
This is a bit of a cheat book. It’s not a typical book. It’s a collection of people’s photographs accompanied by quotes or short anecdotes from them. It’s addicting to read! There is also a popular Facebook page which helped make the book possible.

By Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Have you ever wondered if a swimming pool or a gun is more dangerous? Do parents really matter? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? These are some of the crazy questions that this interesting economics book takes a look at. Somehow they make economics something you want to read!

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
By Jared Diamond
This book won a Pulitzer Prize, so already you know it must have something of worth in it. It is a “brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples.”

The Power Broker
By Robert A. Caro
This is a tale of the hidden demons that ambition and power can bring someone. It discusses Robert Moses “the single most powerful man of our time in New York” and how he shaped politics and the physical city itself.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot
This #1 New York Times Bestseller “tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.”

Outliers: The Story of Success
By Malcolm Gladwell
In this book, Malcolm Gladwell talks about the “outliers” those people who are extremely smart, famous, and successful and why they are the way they are.

A Song of Ice and Fire Series
By George R.R. Martin
If you heard about the Game of Thrones series or watched some of the episodes, you know how good the series is. The show is based off “A Song of Ice and Fire” which is a long series of books encapsulating tons of characters and story lines. The books are so good you will want to binge read them in a week. Currently there are 5 books, and we still await the 6th one from Mr. Martin.

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Resolutions for Seniors


Christmas is behind us, New Year’s is ahead!  Which means it’s just about time to come up with new resolutions.  But what to resolve yourself for?  Different things are important to different people!  If you’re heavier than you’d like, your biggest resolution may be to lose weight.  If you want to be more intellectually stimulated this year, you might resolve to read a book a month.  What if you’re elderly or infirm, though?  What kinds of resolution can you make to stay positive and healthy and happy?  A few years ago, a retired teacher and widower named Mary Carol Herwood from the Buffalo, NY area wrote a great article to that effect for Yahoo!  Sure, it was for New Year’s 2010, not 2014, but things haven’t changed that much in four years, and she really did have some great suggestions.  She writes regularly for Yahoo!, including some great movie reviews, so you should definitely check out some of her other content.  But for this time of year, this is the article we’re interested in.  We can’t put the whole article here, you’ll have to read it on Yahoo!, but here’s our favorite of her suggestions to get you started!

“I will make plans more often to call a friend to take in a play or a movie, stop for a bite to eat and chit-chat about this and that.”

This one is our absolute favorite, as maintaining friendships and connections with others into old age is, in many ways, one of the absolute most important things to an elderly person’s continued well-being.  It can be very easy to fall into the trap of letting this part of your life go as you age, as family and health issues take up more and more of your time, but the elderly are just as in need of companionship, friendship and fun as any of us!

“I will read at least one book each month.”

Reading is a wonderfully effective and fun way to keep one’s mind sharp, and has also been proven to be an excellent deterrent to the development of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease.

“I will not make any New Year’s Resolutions in 2010.”

Replace “2010” for “2014” here, but the point stands.  If you feel happy and satisfied with everything in your life, then mission accomplished!  So what better resolution to make than to have no resolutions to make next year?

Read the entire article HERE, and a happy early 2014!