Books to Read this Summer to Become a Better You

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I’m kind of embarrassed by how I barely read books anymore. I used to read often for personal interest when I was younger, but now I only read for school. And even then, I don’t read the whole book, I skim to know enough and write a paper.

The last book I read was [amazon_textlink asin=’1452128456′ text=’Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’92bc348f-6f29-11e8-9859-358c7f8d8796′]. It helped me figure out what the heck I wanted to do with my one life. That book was given to me as a graduation gift because like most other 18 year-olds, I came out of high school with only a rough idea of my “plan”. I had many different paths I was considering, and honestly that book helped me narrow it down to a pretty d*mn good plan for my future. I genuinely recommend this book to all high-school seniors who just graduated.

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Books Can Drastically Alter Our Way of Thinking

But isn’t it crazy how much power books have? That one book affected my choice of college, major, things I’m learning on the side (like coding and Spanish), and why I chose to start this blog that I’m obsessed with & so happy doing. ONE BOOK affected all of that.

Books & music have such a profound effect on our moods, our thoughts, and our choices. So, disclaimer: choose wisely on what you listen to and read.

Back to that roadmap book though: I believe that reading that book helped me understand myself much better, and also guide me towards being a better version of myself. I’m all about being my best self possible & inspiring you to also become your best self. Reading and thus learning – whether it be about yourself, someone else, a skill, etc. is one way to improve yourself. My reading list below will definitely contribute towards your growth this summer. Also, I’ll be reading all these books, too, so you know I practice what I preach. 🙂

Books to Read this Summer to Become a Better You

There’s 5 books I think you (and I) should read this summer to become a better version of yourself. You should read a book…

…To boost your confidence in yourself.

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by Jen Sincero. I’m halfway through this book, and it is so inspiring and motivating. I’m someone who can be super confident and motivated one day, but the next day my anxious thoughts creep in and start convincing me “I’m not good enough” or “I can’t do that.” Since I’m prone to those negative thoughts creeping in, I’ve gotten pretty good at ignoring them. But sometimes I just can’t shove those thoughts aside. This book is a wonderful refresher on how to think confidently and believe in myself. It’s like when your friend hypes you up, but it’s a book, and 10x more hype. Like a pocket version of a hype-woman. I think it’s the perfect kick-start to a summer where you’re trying to grow and better yourself, because it gives you that push you need to tell yourself “I can do that” and “I’m good enough” to move forward with your goals for the summer.

…About something you’re curious about.

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The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk. What’s something you’re curious about and what to learn more about? For me, it’s astrology. I don’t know much past my sign and horoscopes, and lately I’ve met a lot of new people who are really intro astrology. They explained some basics to me, and there’s a lot more to astrology than the things I know, and it sounds interesting. Which is why I have the astrology book listed because that’s the one I got off Amazon that 2 girls recommended to me. They’re the ones that are really into astrology, so I took their word for it.

Best case scenario, I learn about myself from a new angle and find something that I become really passionate about. Worst case scenario, I read a good book and learned something new. It’s likely astrology isn’t the thing you’re into, but what is the thing that’s interesting to you? Maybe it’s something from class, maybe something your friend is into, maybe you saw it into a YouTube video, etc. If you can’t think of anything and aren’t already an expert on it, learn about astrology with me! Otherwise think of something interesting to you, buy a book off amazon, and learn. Knowledge is power & no one can take it away from you.

…Telling someone else’s story.

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Basically just choose a book that’s centered around one person’s non-fiction story, because I’m positive that you’ll learn something new about them, and also gain insight into other people’s lives around you. There’s amazing depth that comes from being a person who understands someone else’s story and treating them with compassion and consideration.

…That’s relatable to your story.

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Now, I’m not saying read a book about a person that’s exactly like you, but there’s comfort in reading a light-hearted book about teen girls who share the same ups and downs as you. It’s like the book equivalent of comfort food, because sometimes reading a story and getting that feeling that you are that one character because you see bits and pieces of yourself in them is comforting. You see you aren’t crazy or alone in something. Plus, it’s just a fun summer read. Being your best self doesn’t just mean learning and working hard, it also means enjoying life, and in this case finding enjoyment through a good story.

…Teaching you a skill you want to learn.

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David Busch’s Canon EOS Rebel SL2/200D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch. I got a[amazon_textlink asin=’B073HLG3QC’ text=’ Cannon SL2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’60b6354b-6f2f-11e8-bed5-fd6137bc9c60′] camera for Christmas, and I barely know how to use it. Pretty much I rely heavily on the automatic setting and let the camera do all the work. However, if I knew how to use it to it’s full ability, I’d be able to get so much more out of it. A tool is only as useful and the one using it. And right now, I’m not utilizing my photography tool to its full potential. This book is one that isn’t exactly a sit-down-and-read-it book, it’s more like a manual-type book. But, I still plan to read it this summer – just in sections.

You know, maybe one week I work on learning shutter speeds and read that sections, the next week it’s ISO, the next it’s all the different settings, etc. Therefore, by the end of the summer, I’ll be a much better photographer because I’ll understand how to use my camera to take the best pictures. Maybe for you it’s not photography, maybe it’s piano, learning a language, knitting, tennis, anything! Whatever skill you want to learn or work on, get a book on it since there’s literally a book for everything, and work on it throughout the summer.

I’ll update you as the summer goes through to keep us both on track with our reading goals. Comment down below books you plan to read this summer and we can chat about our books together. 🙂

As always, much love. & thank you for reading.

❤, Teresa

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