Since I launched the 2013 summer reading guide, I’ve had lots of requests for the archived 2012 edition. I don’t want to flood your inboxes, but I also don’t want to leave you hanging if you’re looking for good stuff to read. So for the rest of the summer, one week at a time, I’m sharing a category from the 2012 guide.
If you haven’t yet, head here to snag your copy of this year’s summer reading guide.
Some books are only available digitally. Here are 4 of my favorites.
The No Brainer Wardrobe, Hayley Morgan
Hayley walks you through the steps of creating a small wardrobe that works (a “capsule wardrobe”) and shares specific instructions for shopping thrift stores, value stores (like Old Navy), dressing while you’re pregnant, and transforming jeans and a t-shirt into a bona fide outfit. Read it on vacation so you can spend some time thinking it over without feeling like you need to immediately clean out your closet.
Building a Life Out of Words, Shawn Smucker
Shawn tells the story of how he took a scary leap to transition to full-time writing after his business went bust. Practical tips from other accomplished writers on writing and the writing life are woven throughout, effectively breaking up the narrative and pacing the story. Shawn writes beautiful, reflective prose but somehow manages to avoid being heavy-handed with his words. This is no small feat. Beautiful story, beautifully written.
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, Laura Vanderkam
Vanderkam shows how successful people use their mornings, profiling people who do all kinds of different things with their early hours: exercise, spiritual practices, family time, creative work. The common thread: they’re all intentional about using their mornings well, which is crucial to success. Read this one on vacation so you can think it through and dream about putting your own morning plan into action without any pressure or guilt to do something immediately.
Mother Letters, Seth and Amber Haines
A collection of art in the form of letters, photos and stories dedicated to sharing the mess and the glory of motherhood, in all its forms and stages.
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