After fighting with the thermometer for months on end, Alaskans all around the state get to enjoy a mere ninety days of  constant light and endless opportunities for adventure. All winter, I fought myself to pick up a book instead of logging into Netflix and refusing to leave my bed. There is something about the warmth in the air that makes me crave the feeling of a paper-back book in between my fingers. Every time I start a book, though, I cannot seem to get through it in a timely manner. This summer, I am dedicated to expanding my mind and letting the pages take me to a place where there is no stress and the possibilities are endless. Something about me has always loved the classics, but I find myself slowly learning to expand my horizons. There are nine books I have loved this summer.

  1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  2. P.S. I love you by Cecelia Ahern
  3. Pride and Prejudiced by Jane Austin
  4. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
  5. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
  6. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
  7. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A few of these I have read in the past, but I do find that reading something more than once can allow you to find new meaning in the words. I didn’t love reading growing up so I have taken a more difficult route of learning to enjoy reading. Obviously not every book is for everyone, but I am focusing on finding my taste. This next semester, I am on a journey to expand my mind and the best way I know how is to read. “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” -Oscar Wilde. I am always looking for books to read so if you have any suggestions, drop them in the comments!

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