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De-Stress With a Good Book

Summer to me is all about relaxing and taking it easy. It's a time to slow down and soak up the sun.

Even though most of us work in the summer, you've got to make some time to sit on the beach, outside on the lawn, on a park bench, or out on a boat. Not having any deadlines to worry about for even 20 minutes is a great way to calm your mind and re-charge your battery.

If you have a good book to read, it'll help you relax even more because you can lose yourself in the story. I always pack a good book in my purse or bag just in case I have a few moments to spare.

Here are some of my faves:

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Curious-Alice Curious-Alice 9 years
I can't talk about my love for reading enough. It's a good idea, I think, to carry a book with me, but which one? I'll have to try and find one small enough to fit in my bag.
calibabi calibabi 9 years
the first book i read this summer was "the curious incident of the dog in the night-time" by mark haddon. weird title, but an amazing book on so many levels!
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
I loved A Million Little Pieces! And The Secret Life of Bees! Haven't read the others but I'll have to check them out. And I ALWAYS keep a book in my bag and a Sudoku book if I'm not in a reading mood at the moment (rare). Currently, it's Waiting by Ha Jin.
auddie auddie 9 years
"Little Children" by Tom Perotta "The Memory-Keeper's Daughter" by Kim Edwards "A Million Little Pieces" seems like it was really badly marketed as a true memoir once Oprah picked it. It's more along the lines of "Running with Scissors" or any of David Sedaris' work; it's a fiction based on the realities of the author's life. (I meet James Frey's grandmother right before it was published and she told me all about how her grandson had a book coming out about his life. I read it when it was first published and never got the idea from the book that it was supposed to be entirely true, there were always the endnotes that explained that things have been changed.)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
Reading rocks!!!! I'd recommend "Children of God Go Bowling" by Shannon Olsen or the first Bridge Jones book for a nice, fun, fast read!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I read, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd" last summer and cried my eyes out! Happy tears though. It was so good, I read it again, and I'm not a reader. :)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I can't see the books! Weird. I'm in the middle of The Known World, which I like. Before that I read Special Topics in Calamity Physics which was really good!
Ster Ster 9 years
Sorry, it's "The crimson petal and the white"!
Ster Ster 9 years
My current favorites: - "The inheritance of loss" by Kiran Desai (won the Booker Man prize this year) - "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith - "Brick Lane" by Monica Ali - "The red petal and the white" by Michel Faber
DearSugar DearSugar 9 years
Yes, even though James Frey lied- I still couldn't put that book down!
AlexisSF AlexisSF 9 years
n A Million Little Pieces is the best book! Even though he lied, whatever, once I started, I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend My Friend Leonard -- it is the follow up book that was even better than AMLP. I think he is a great writer regardless if he lied or not.....
gbrsgirl gbrsgirl 9 years
I think reading a book is my favorite activity!
Nessyliz Nessyliz 9 years
You're recommending James Frey, even though he admitted to lying about his "memoir"? Well, I recommend The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. Wonderful book! Or The Deptford Trilogy by Roberston Davies. Check it out. :)
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