May Reading Wrap Up


How is it June already?

May flew by, with barely any time to pick up any books. Between the craziness of starting a new job and general beginning of summer madness, I was only able to squeeze in 5 books over the course of the month.

While I’m disappointed in the number of books I ended up reading, I thoroughly enjoyed every one of them – especially the novel by Mr. Man vs. Wild himself.

The books I read in May were:

  1. Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
  2. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  3. Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography by Bear Grylls
  4. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  5. Real Artists Have Day Jobs by Sara Benincasa

My summer reading list is piling up, and I’m hoping to be able to read way more over the next couple of weeks. What novel are you most looking forward to diving into this summer?


Top 8 Autobiographies to Read This Summer


Schools are out, temperatures are rising, pools are opening for the season, and summer reading is in full swing! To me, the best part about summer is being able to kick back and crack open a new book. While this season is typically known for lighthearted romances and young adult comedies, my favorite way to spend a scorching day is with an autobiography.

Autobiographies are the perfect way to learn more about your favorite influential figures, and immerse yourself in a different life for roughly 300 pages. Whether you want to hike a mountain or star in a hit tv show, an autobiography will take you on an incredible journey in a personable, insightful way.

This summer, opt for one of these eight autobiographies, and unleash an adventure unlike any other.

Mud, Sweat, and Tears by Bear Grylls
In his debut novel, adventurer Bear Grylls takes you through his days of intense training, ascent up Mount Everest, and forage into mainstream television.

Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham
Even if the Netflix reboot of Gilmore Girls left you as disappointed as I was, Lauren Graham’s writing will bring you back to Stars Hollow, and even the world of Parenthood, in a way that will leave you painfully nostalgic for your favorite fast talking characters.

Sully: My Search for What Really Matters by Chelsey B. Sullenberger
The hero of the Miracle on the Hudson tells you of his life’s journey, including a look into that fateful day, and why being a hero is far from the most important thing in his life.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Telling the uncomfortable yet cathartic story of how she ended up thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed captures readers with her honesty.

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
The couple may be famous for shiplap, but the Gaines’ book takes a deeper dive into how they got involved in the remodeling industry, and how their faith has kept them grounded throughout the HGTV chaos.

I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short
Perfect for fans of old-school Saturday Night Life, Martin Short recounts his days growing up and into the world of comedy.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
A follow up to her first autobiography, Mindy Kaling gives readers advice on how to live their best lives, and not be afraid to go for their (seemingly impossible) dreams.

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles
A songwriter by nature, Sara Bareilles puts pen to paper in this book to tell readers how her music career came to be, and the stories (and rumors) behind her hit songs.

What autobiographies will you be reading this summer?


3 Summer Road Trips for 2017


Summer is the perfect time to pack up your car and take a road trip. Whether you are looking to get away for just a day, weekend, or an entire vacation, there are countless travel options when it comes to your Midwestern adventure.

With a tank full of gas, you can get just about anywhere, but here are the three best summer road trip destinations.

Whether you’re in the mood for a classic night at the Opry, or exploring 12 South, Nashville has something for everyone. If you’re feeling super adventurous, plan to head to town during CMA Fest, where you’ll be greeted by hundreds of thousands of country music fanatics, and free concerts.

A three hour day trip from Kansas City, Omaha is the perfect place to travel this summer. Full of historic museums and beautiful parks, this Nebraska city is a bustling metropolis in the middle of nowhere. Not to mention, Omaha has one of the country’s best zoos for people of all ages.

A trek to Colorado is one of the best ways you can spend your summer. Denver is a dreamland for thrill seekers, environmentalists, and families alike. Spend your days hiking mountains and reading at the Tattered Cover, and then spend your nights at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. Only a nine hour trip from Kansas City, this town has an atmosphere unlike any other.

Where will you go this summer?

April Reading Wrap Up


April was a crazy month, but thankfully, I still found the time to finish 12 books.

These books all ranged in genres, authors, and plots, but each captured my attention in a way that wouldn’t let me put them down. I will tell you though – deciding to read Harry Potter for the first time may have been the best decision I’ve made so far this year.

The books I read in April were:

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  2. The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson
  3. Bare Bones by Bobby Bones
  4. Penelope by Rebecca Harrington
  5. A Little House Reader by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  6. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  8. Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer
  9. Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  11. Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
  12. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

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