Summertime is a great time to catch up on some reading and get lost inside a book. Whether you be a performer or basic fabulous babe reading your favorite romance novel at the beach, listening to a self-improvement book on Audible or discovering the most recent racy novel gives you time to slow down get comfy and chill…especially if youre in LA and its hot AF outside. Here is my summer booklist! Some I love listening to on Audible during my long commutes to rehearsal in Los Angeles and others I love coming home to after a long day!
I would love to hear your input and feel free to join me with your own summer reading list 🙂
Read on bitches
- “The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphs” by Ryan Holiday. As a performer who is constantly auditioning and dealing with rejection I find myself reading a lot of self-improvement books to keep my mind sharp and my spirits high. In this book I learned, as Holiday states “that obstacles dont inhibit success, they create success and that readers should see “through the negative, past its underside, and into its corollary: the positive.” Each audition, each rejection can be viewed as a step back or step forward. It is our choice how to view it and how to react. I would highly recommend this book.
- “The Inner Game of Tennis, The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance” by W. Timothy Gallwey This is the book Tom Brady gives credit to his many superbowl rings…so anything that he gives credit to Im going to try. I mean hes married to Giselle…There is a lot of tennis lingo in this book which was kind of boring for me, but that aside from that the lessons on mastering your inner game are pretty genius. Gallwey states that the “inner game” is based on the idea where you as an individual uses non judgmental observations of a specific task or action or behavior that they are doing with the intention to be accurate about these observations. If they are accurate generally the persons body will adjust. Pretty fucking awesome. I have been trying to implement this practice in my dancing and when done properly I do notice a difference.
- What Is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell. I actually listened to this on audible during my drive from LA to San Francisco to go watch my dad do the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. I am a Lutheran and grew up reading the bible, but am often perplexed by the different stories of the bible and have a hard time understanding some of the negativie connotations religigon has in the 21st century. This book is super clear about discribing these discrepencies and is full of so much knowledge and insight into using the bible as seperate books which make our lives better. I feel like this book connected me more to God, the bible and my interpretation of both. I also loved Robs voice when he read this. That is one hard thing for me when it comes to audio books. An annoying voice can literally be the worst.
- How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell This book I actually just started after listening to The Skinny Confidential talk about how much she loved the book. Cat talks about her life as an addict and tells personal stories from her life in New York. Its hilarious, provocative and completely intoxicating. So far I havent been able to put it down…literally in Starbucks with it next to me right now…
- Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg. I found this book the week after my Grandpa Decker died and read it in two days. Basically it dives deep into when option A your loved one or your first option is no longer available you kick the shit out of Option B. Her knowledge about the greiving process and emphasis on how each step is different and unique and in no specicif order helps you grasp the beauty behind a second option and gives you hope. (See blog about dealing with dying grandparents) Sheryl is also the author of “Lean In” which is a super inspiring book about women in the work force.
STILL HAVE YET TO READ
- 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes