Beach Reads

Hi there! I’m blogging from my phone today because I am on the road. Don’t worry! Nicholas is driving. No texting and driving, kids. #ItCanWait

Anyways, I’m thinking this whole blogging from my phone thing might be happening a lot this summer. We’ll see.

Let’s get into the post, shall we? I’m talking summer beach reads. I love to read so much. Obviously. I’m a librarian. I’ve already read 3 great ones so far this summer. I’ll share those as well as the next two on my list.

Beach Reads 2016

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Ok, so I know this is a young adult novel, and some of you might not be into that. Sorry if that’s you. But if you haven’t been living under a rock the past few years, you’re probably on the John Green bandwagon. He also wrote The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns and puts out a lot of great YouTube content.

Watch his TedTalk here. LOVE it.

I’m not really a big fiction reader, which you might be able to tell from my other picks. I do, however, love John Green novels. I read this one in about half a day. He’s not into perfect happy endings, and I like that about his novels. I also didn’t find this book to be predictable AT ALL like a lot of YA books seem to be.

Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson

Who doesn’t love Kate Hudson? I feel like kindred spirits with her. I’ve been OBSESSED with Almost Famous since forever, and she’s one of top 5 favorite Snapchatters. When I found out she was writing a book, I had to get my hands on it. It’s very much about health and wellness and diet, which I always find interesting. While I don’t completely agree with all of her diet tips, I did love it. The parts about exercise and mental health really resonated with me. Plus, it’s a beautiful book that looks pretty on my coffee table.

Life in Motion by Misty Copeland

This one is next on my list. Misty Copeland is so inspiring as the first African-American principal dancer in the American Ballet Company. I love a good biography, and I can’t wait to dive into hers.

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

LIFE CHANGING. Blake Mycoskie is the founder and self proclaimed Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS Shoes. I’ve followed him and TOMS since it started in 2006. I have always really believed in their mission and have owned many pairs of their shoes. In case you aren’t familiar with TOMS. For every pair of shoes bought, TOMS gives a pair to a child in need. They’ve given shoes to kids all over the world and have branched out into other products that support other programs such as eyesight and education.

Blake has revolutionized the business world by completely changing the model. (PSA If you’re not a nerd with a couple of business degrees who enjoys reading about leadership like me, you might not love this one as much. However, the in depth TOMS’ story it shares might be of some interest.) Mycoskie started a FOR PROFIT company that focuses on giving and transparency so its customers see exactly what their money is doing, and they’re growing like crazy. There’s so much good advice and nuggets of wisdom in this book about being a servant leader. This book has been my favorite read so far this summer.

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk 

Google Gary Vaynerchuk right now if you haven’t heard of him. (PSA This is another business-y read.) I listen to his podcasts and watch his YouTube videos on the daily. Gary has a couple of books, but this one is all about cashing in on your passion. He discusses how to make a living by doing what you love and how social media has changed the world we live in. I’ll take any advice I can get on that topic, especially when it comes to the genius that is Gary Vee.

Yet another PSA–if you plan on checking out his videos or podcasts, be warned. He’s a New Yorker who has no problem using colorful language. I don’t suggest listening with little ears around.

There ya have it!

What are you reading this summer?? I’ve been reading a book or two a week, so I’m going to need suggestions soon. Comment below or on Instagram (@chelseaeli), send me Snap (@chelseaeli) and let me know!

-chelsea eli

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