Pardon my French but I'm a sucker for books. Novels, fiction, yoga books, sex ed, spirituality, books about animals ... you name it, almost everything goes and when it comes to summer holidays, I get way too excited about ordering and packing books and making my summer reading list. And because there are some books that I could go on and on about and wish everyone would read them, without further ado, here are my top few books to read this summer.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Besides books and yoga, I'm also a not so secret sucker for 80s stuff, especially music and fashion. And this book has it all - from references to 80s music, movies, and fashion to video games, food items and everything in between. In one sentence: the book is set in the 2040s and follows Wade Watts on his search for an »Easter egg« in a virtual reality game, the discovery of which might lead him to inherit the game creator's fortune. If you're an 80s trivia lover, trust me on this one, the book won't disappoint (and I hate to be the one to say it but...the book is better than the movie).
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
There's nothing too complex about Toe Te Ching or The Book of the Way. Lao Tzu, philosopher and founder of Taoism ⎯ the ancient Chinese school of thought ⎯ presents us with simple truths that we all know already, sometimes we just need a little reminder to bring them out to the surface.
Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The wild woman is an endangered species and it's on us to keep her alive! Although "psychic archeological digs" are probably not what pops to mind when you think of an easy summer read, I guarantee you, it's totally worth that extra bit of brain work. I seriously wish every woman read this book and realized how we're not meant to be tamed and docile, we're supposed to live authentically no matter what (bullsh*t) society feeds us ⎯ time to get free, creative and brave.
Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World by Haruki Murakami
To be honest, I could recommend any of Murakami's books because this man's writing and imagination are just out of this world. This was the first of his novels that I read and its chapters that alternate between two stories/worlds ⎯ »Hard-Boiled Wonderland«, a science fiction part, and »The End of the World«, a fantasy-like, surreal world ⎯ immediately captivated me. The book is a mix of a detective story, science fiction and post-modern manifesto that you won't be able to put down until you have turned the last page.
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Mason
We have a limited amount of f*cks to give and giving too many fu*ks might lead to feeling depleted and hopeless so it's about time we figure out which ones actually matter. Hop into this book and don't be surprised if your fellow beachgoers start giving you the eye ⎯ it's probably because you've been sniggering the whole time at Mark's ruthless humor and profane (but true) stories.
Come As You Are by Emily Nagosky
I just started this book and oh my gosh, can we all please read this and then have a discussion about it (and it)? I mean, how could a book with a chapter »The Clit, The Whole Clit and Nothing But the Clit« not be at least intriguing if not amazing? It's an exploration of women's sexuality based on science and extensive research that might flip everything we (think we) know on its head. If you want to read this to transform your sex life, awesome, but first and foremost, read it to know yourself (and your clit, your orgasm and everything in between).
Dreamer, creator, lover, yogi.