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For the Love of Books, Take II

Reading was not something I expected to love. In elementary school I knew I could read and that I had to read, but I don't recall particularly loving it those early years. It wasn't until a competition was tacked onto it that I dove in head first, somewhere around the 4th grade. I haven't looked back since.

This summer is the summer of books, I've decided, as I have had (and will have) little to no time to read for fun when grad school is in session. I have picked up some old favorites, tried out a few new authors, and finally got my hands on a few I've been eyeing for months. I shared May's books a few weeks ago, so here is what is on my bedside table for June:

What I'm Reading...

100 Essays I Dont' Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl
Ruhl is one of my favorite playwrights. Her style and flair for storytelling is unique, captivating, and I cannot get enough of it. From Dead Man's Cellphone to Passion Play and beyond, I have loved everything I have read by her no matter how strange or challenging the content/concept may be. Naturally when I stumbled upon a collection of her essays I jumped at the change. Some are long, others are half a page, and I am now even more fascinated by the way her mind works. Just look at that list above! It is both informative and hilarious, and it inspired my desire to tackle "100 Books I Don't Have Time to Read" this year.

31 Days of Prayer for the Dreamer + Doer by Jen Sprinkle + Kelly Rucker
I am currently wading through The Well Studio's June book club and this is their pick! I've had it for a while and have been taking my time wading through the prayers. Many of my favorite bloggers and writers have contributed, and each day of the book club we get a glimpse of their heart behind each section. I highly recommend it! I even went to their Book Bash in Dallas this weekend and picked up a few goodies featuring quotes from the book. It is a must-have.

Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
This is one of those books I used to pick up every time I went into Anthropologie and devour a page or two. Paris has stolen a piece of my heart, and while a trip back is not exactly in my near future, I escape to it every chance I get. This story of Elizabeth's life abroad is engaging, entertaining, and various recipes found within the story are sprinkled throughout. She has written a second book, Picnic in Provence, that is on my list for later this summer.

What I've Read...

Cottage Hill Magazine
I typically save my magazine purchases for airports, but Cottage Hill is one of the few exceptions. You can find it at your local Barnes & Noble or order it online, and I'm telling you, you don't want to miss this one! This is the second edition of the gorgeous publication, filled to the brim with heart-warming stories and stunning photography. I followed Katie O'Keefe online for a long time before she chased her dream and started Cottage Hill, and it became a fast favorite.

Harry Potter 4-7 by JKRowling
I started re-reading the Harry Potter series last summer, making my way through the first three of seven. Once grad school started, I put them on hold until year one was completed, and I've burned though the final four in less than three weeks. My brother marvels at my ability (desire even) to read more than one 600+ page book at all let alone one summer. These books are dear to my heart and I practically have them memorized. Plus a little fiction is always a fun way to mix things up.

What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
You don't know how much I have to fight the impulse to buy all the cute books in the children's literature section at B&N. What Do You Do... was no exception. This adorable book explores the ups and downs of discovering an idea and the bravery it takes to see it through no matter the obstacles or nay-sayers, revealing the beautiful pay-off at the end. The illustrations are beautiful and the story so sweet. It will be mine someday, I have no doubts of that.

What I'm Listening to...

Empires by Hillsong United
The latest worship album from Hillsong United is spot on. While I may not be listening to audio books this month (I'm saving them for my 5 hour drives back and forth to school in the fall), this has been on repeated in the background of my days.

An American in Paris: A New Musical
This new broadway musical re-envisions the old classic, and the music is just beautiful. And the dancing! I loved getting a glimpse of the show at last night's Tony Awards. It has some old favorites, a handful of instrumental pieces, and sends me to the city of lights with ease. and isn't the cover art gorgeous? I can't wait to hang my poster of it!

Seule ce Soire by Emilie-Claire Barlow
Lastly, Emilie-Claire is my most recent discovery. I have been listening to French jazz on Pandora (La Vie en Rose is a great station to start!) and this album has several of my favorite songs on there! I simply swoon. Paris seems to be a theme, so if anyone wants to volunteer to take me there, I wouldn't object ;)

What are YOU reading + listening to lately?

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