Every summer I’m the good mom. I drag my kids down to the library, sign them up for the summer reading program, and hold them accountable for it.

But I’m not the good mom because during all the shuffle of everyday life, they never actually see me read. Like a physical, page-turning book. They see me on my laptop all the time and, believe me, there are snarky comments made about how they have to read books but I don’t.

This year is going to be different. I put together a summer reading list for myself.

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Not Everyone Gets A Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials by Bruce Tulgan

What Millennials Want from Work: How to Maximize Engagement in Today’s Workforce by Alec Levenson & Jennifer Deal

Ok, so I might be having a few issues with my workers. It wouldn’t be so bad if they could just put down their phones and not complain when I remind them to wash their hands.

Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic by Jeffrey Brantley

Brave Enough: Getting Over Our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live Bold and Free by Nicole Unice

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Harson

Because the speed limit of life is 100, not 250. We are still working on relaxing this year. I always swore I wouldn’t be a ‘self-help’ reader…

Shadow Faerie (Creepy Hollow) (Volume 8)
Rebel Faerie (Creepy Hollow Book 9)

Both of these are by Rachel Morgan and finishes up a series that I started a couple years ago. If you like fantasy stories and don’t mind reading from the first-person perspective, give it a shot. I like Ms. Morgan’s style of writing and her characters are very likable.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

I’m almost ashamed to admit that I’ve not read this one. A lot of schools use it for ‘required reading’, but my high school didn’t. Then again my school district tried to outlaw Harry Potter. I’m so glad I moved out of there.

Storm Front (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher

This is the first of the ‘Dresden Files’. They tried to make a go of it as a TV show years back and I liked watching it, so I’m hoping the books are better.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

This is another one that I kinda feel guilty for not having already read.

What’s on your summer reading list?

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