Reading Will Save the World: Summer Reading

June 24, 2018

Culture and Society / Reading Will Save the World

The Summer Solstice just happened, and that means it is officially summer. Reading books is one of my favorite activities during this time of year, and I have a small handful of them to recommend.

There are generally two kinds of books I read these days, and I’ll be offering up a couple of suggestions from each option.

The first kind of books I’ve been reading lately have been for pure escapism and entertainment. I love to dive deep into an imaginative space that is full of awe, mystery, intrigue, and wonder. On a daily basis, I exist in a literal and linear physical habitat, but in my head, there are no such limits. An imagination needs to be cultivated in ways that are boundless. I seek out books that help me do this.

The second kind of books I have been reading lately probably fall under what most would call “self-help” books. This designation seems to have a bad rap. It implies that it is usually a bunch of generic psycho-babble. I do not doubt that there is plenty of this out there, and this is why I take the time to find books that actually have substantive content that is well researched and thoughtfully written.

So, on with the first kind. Here is a book (or a series of them) that will take you on a sweet, engaging, and delightful adventure!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs:

As you might already know, this book was made into a feature film. I first heard about it by watching the movie in a theater. The movie was great, but this book was even better.  It tells the story of how a group of children with special powers hide in plane sight among ordinary people across time. There are some incredibly clever plot devices in the story. It is well written  with steady pacing and endearing characters. I do not want to give anything away, and I highly recommend reading it! The story is so good that I believe it will eventually stand among behemoths like the Harry Potter Series and the Golden Compass as a modern fantasy classic. When I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.

Wanna know something even better about this book?

There are already two of its sequels in print:

Hollow City:


Library of Souls:

Wanna know something even better? The fourth book, Map of Days, was just announced, and it will hit bookstores on October 2, 2018:

Now, on to the second kind:

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

There is so much wisdom in this little book. For myself, I want to live a life in which I am truly engaged in the activities and relationships that I actually want and desire. What this book provides is perspective and a framework on how to think more strategically about the decisions we make regarding our time and personal resources.  It gets down to the nitty gritty right off the bat, and it is truly a learning experience to devour.

Well, that’s it for now! I hope you can find a book that you can sink your teeth into and bask in for a while over these long and hot summer days.

Happy Reading!

-Roqué

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