I can’t believe I forgot to wish everyone a happy Summer Solstice on Friday. I hope you had a magical first day of summer. Here in Minneapolis, we had a very memorable June 21st. We endured a huge storm that left hundreds of thousands of people without power. Trees were uprooted all around the city, and the morning revealed them collapsed upon houses and cars. There are still some people without power. I was very lucky to have gone only about 20 hours without power.
On Saturday, I took myself on a solo picnic to enjoy the calm after the storm, as it were. I enjoyed a yummy kale salad with delicious hummus from a local co-op.
I also took a book I’m reading to enjoy on the grass.
Reading reminded me that I had not yet done a Summer Reading List post. I really enjoy these posts because I usually get a lot of new reading ideas from the stuff you suggest in the comments. (I hope this time proves that true!).
I’m actually reading Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition for the blog. The publishers emailed me and asked if I’d like to receive a copy to review on TRGK. I was familiar with the author as the scientist behind the best-selling book The China Study. I was excited to dive in considering that it was described as “an eye-opening, paradigm-changing journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world.” More on this in a future post!
I just finished the book Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. There is so so much to say about this book, but for the sake of time, I will just urge you to pick it up for yourself. It is about love and life and feelings and decisions and loss and grief and joy and family and friends and hope and despair. It is all the things. I cannot recommend it enough.
I’ve slowly been making my way through How Yoga Works, which is a story about a young Indian girl who gets thrown in a Tibetan jail and ends up teaching yoga to the prison warden. It’s meant to be a creative way to teach the lessons of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and to explain how yoga arrived in Tibet. I’m enjoying it, but it’s a bit slow-going. Still unsure what I think.
These ladies have inspired me to pick up Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity. I’m really excited to read it!
Others on the list:
- My grrrl Abby recommended Diane DiPrima’s Revolutionary Letters, because one of the letters in the book speaks explicitly to the food we consumer and general reflections on a radical approach to health.
- Jennifer Eagan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad has been on my summer reading list for the past couple years, but I’ve never gotten around to it. Maybe this will be the summer!
- This is not exactly fun summer reading, but I do want to read Beth Ritchies most recent book, Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation.
- I want to re-read Pablo Neruda’s Book of Questions.
- …plus a lot of academic articles.
Now it’s your turn! What are you reading this summer?!