There is hardly ever a time where you will see me without a book nearby. My house is full of them and I NEVER leave for the pool, the beach or the airport without my book. Heck, I even have a library card! There is still time to squeeze in a few more reads as this summer comes to an end, so I wanted to share with you what I’ve been reading lately.

I’ve read a mix of entertaining, educational and spiritual books the past few months — that have both inspired me to work on my attitude, finding my purpose, sharing positive vibes AND provided an escape. I found a few of these books just by browsing through the book store at an airport (have to pass the time while traveling somehow!)

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

This is a fun missing-person mystery novel, set in an English suburb in the 1970’s. Although recently published, author Joanna Cannon sends us all back to our childhood (no matter what decade that might be for you) — telling the story through the lens of two middle-school girls coming of age. It’s a fun story that allows us to relate back to our own communities that we grew up in, where gossip can spread like a plague.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Alchemist

I’m not sure why it has taken so long for Paulo Coelho’s book to gain such traction, because it is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time! He first published it back in 1988, but it is just now gaining popularity on an international level and is now establishing itself as a modern classic. A story of a Spanish Shepard that — after hearing his prophecy from a few magical friends — sets out to find his treasure in the middle east. His adventure sends him through Morocco and exotic places in Africa on his way to Egypt — all the while, he learns about himself and what he is truly trying to find and learn in the world.

This book was such a spiritual journey for me and helped solidify some of my own thoughts on life’s purpose and what each of us, as people, are truly looking to find in our lives. But in no way does the author drill any of this home or make you feel like you are reading a spiritual text — adventure and the exotic are at the forefront, making for a fun read at the very least. (I just hope you get more out of it than just the treasure hunt.) 🙂

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bhagavad Gita

If you are on a spiritual kick after you read The Alchemist and haven’t already read (or would like to re-read) the Gita, as it’s called for short — this ancient Hindu scripture will help you continue on your journey. A staple in literature around the world, you’ve probably already heard of the Bhagavad Gita and if you enjoy yoga like I do — you’ve probably heard a lot of the words, versus and ideals in a yoga class.

The Gita’s verses are set on the backdrop of a grand battle where Lord Krishna visits prince Arjuna in a moment of enlightenment right before the battle begins. To understand the historical context and Hindu scripture even further, I recommend checking out the Annotated & Explained version.

My rating: how can you really rate one of the most famous scriptures of all time? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

All the Light We Cannot See

 

I actually read this one back in the spring — right after I blogged about my winter reading list, but it is so good that I have to recommend it again! A story of an innocent blind girl in Paris during WWII, intermixed with the the journey of a German orphan boy that gets sucked into becoming a Nazi soldier due to his extraordinary skill as a radio engineer. The entire book — lush with stories of magical stones, mazes, museums, France and Nazi soldier training camps, builds up to their meeting at the end.

In short, Anthony Doerr’s New York Times best seller lives up to it’s hype.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Other books on my reading list:

  • The F-Factor Diet — a book recommended by Megan Kelley in her latest memoir (also a good read). As someone that enjoys eating healthy (aside from my sweet tooth) — I find it interesting and educational to read about how fiber can have a positive impact on your diet in more ways than I was aware of before. I’m having trouble getting through this one though, as I am not a math person and there are a lot of numbers and nutritional equations involved. Feels like a text book.
  • She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That’s Passing Away  — I cannot wait to dive into this one, it just arrived in the mail this week! I recently discovered the She Reads Truth community and have been following along in their latest daily bible study on their app. It’s a great way to receive an uplifting and/or important daily message through lessons of the bible, whether you are religious or not. (I forgot how many cool stories of war and adventure are in the bible!)
    • I’m excited to dive into their short story about two women in our modern world trying to hold on to the positive messages of the bible in a world where darkness is so prevalent online and in social media.

I’m a huge book nerd and actually have an English minor. (That’s right, in college — for several semesters — I required to read a book per week.) Like I said, I’m a nerd. But I hope that you can find escape in books too. Binge watching HBO and Netflix are fun, and I like doing that too, but pick up a book a few times a week and you’ll enjoy that as well!

Next week on the T-time Blog, I’ll share my trip to Greensboro, NC., for the Wyndham Championship. Until then, I invite you to another #WineWednesday🍷! Last week’s experiment went so well, we are taking it on the road for Week 2 and I’ll have a guest! Join me and Mattie-Lou Chandler of the PGA TOUR, formerly of No Laying Up and Outkick the Coverage, on Facebook Live at 8pm ET on 8/15/17, to chat about our jobs with the TOUR, our work in North Carolina, wine and more!