How are you doing on your summer reading list? If you are like me, the list keeps getting longer and longer. You will see me in Barnes & Noble buying another book when my “read next” pile is beginning to look like the leaning tower of Pisa. Several of you nodded just then.

So, in the quest to READ ALL THE BOOKS, here I am adding to your reading list. You can expect the reading list will change at least once a month.
Please feel free to share your reading recommendations with me, and I will share with our tribe.
You can email, post a comment or message me on social media @iamsamjerry. Please include the book name, author and a little something about what you liked or how you rate the book.

Books On My Mind

1. The Hate You Give, Angie Thomas.

This incredible story will soon release as a motion picture. Read it before you watch the movie. Movies often miss underlying idiosyncrasies of relationships. This story tells of one girl’s struggle of living in a world surrounded by gangs, poverty, and uncertainty, all while attending high school in a predominantly white affluent school. Then when a childhood friend is murdered right in front of her, all of her worlds collide as she tries to make sense of it all.

2. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, Rebecca Wells.

Did you love The Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood? Or Little Altars Everywhere? Rebecca Wells is such a great storyteller. Calla Lily is born in a small Louisiana town where her mother is a hair stylist. I love how Rebecca devotes a page and a half to how an omelet is cooked or what to wear to a funeral. This book is a perfect summer read.

3. Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis.

If you follow along with me, you may be tired of me blowing this horn, but I only do it because I feel this is a message woman need to hear and consider. We have all told ourselves lies about life and how we should look, feel and act. But the truth is we write our own stories, and we can change the narrative of our internal dialogue. GWYF is an inspiring and easy read, but be sure to have a highlighter or post its nearby.

4. Tattoos on the Heart, Gregory Boyle.

Wow! Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit Priest who founded and runs Home Boy Industries. Home Boy Industries works with gang members in L.A. and people of the community to help these beautiful people live their best lives. Boyle tells stories of love, hope, compassion and unfortunate tragedy that will leave you wanting to become more involved in the world around you. You will laugh, you will cry, but most of all you will be inspired.

5. The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith, A.K.A. J.K. Rowling.

In 2012 J.K. Rowling wrote a separate eye trilogy under another author name, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Cormoran Strike is an injured British Special Forces Veteran who now uses his specialized training as a private eye. Each book can be read separately, but to keep up with Cormoran and how he deals with a famous dad who doesn’t acknowledge him or his secretary who he can’t quite figure out you may want to read them sequentially.

Happy Reading


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