I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet on summer, but I am ready to recommend some more books. Several weeks ago I recommended five books for summer reading. Today, I have five more recommendations for you.
Since Fall is often a time for reassessing things and establishing new routines (especially if you have kids), I’ll start with….
How to Be Here by Rob Bell. The book is like 10 bucks now on Amazon, but it was worth the like 25 bucks I paid for it at an airport before an international flight. And not just because you have to have a book on an international flight. I was turned onto this book by my friend Erik Fisher who did a podcast interview with Rob on the topic of this book. Listen to the podcast interview. It’s a good start. Then read the book. It’s totally worth it and has impacted much my my rhythms and routines over the past six months.
If you are not ready for summer to be over and you like the idea of doing some philosiphizing, I recommend A Pirate Looks at 50 by Jimmy Buffett. This is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s like you are sitting with him at a bar and he’s weaving stories. I’m a huge Jimmy Buffett fan, but you’ve got to know that my gateway to Jimmy wasn’t Margartitaville. It was this book! It’s travel stories, advise on parenting, and looking at and assessing life at 50. A great book. And a very fun one. Here’s an old post where I wrote more about this book: http://www.familytrek.org/jimmy-buffett-inspired-family-travel/
A few years back we almost moved to Paris. I love my life, but honestly, I still wish it would have worked out! When I was in the running for this job in Paris I read the book 60 Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong to get a feel for French culture. This is a very fun and approachable book on French culture.
Another one of my all-time favorite books is Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck wrote about Americana — normal, average, American life. And he achieved real fame in his lifetime. So much fame that he came to a point where he felt like he was out of touch with the people he wrote about. So at the age of 58 he went incognito and went on a road-trip across America in a truck with his dog Charley. One thing I love? He had some health issues and his doctors were not sure if he should make the trip. He said, “If this trip should kill me, then I should be dead.” I love his observations on the changing and sterilizing of America.
Finally, of course I have to recommend my own book, unWorking! 😉 unWorking isn’t about not working; it’s about putting work in a different place in our lives. I want to work. I’ve had seasons of my life where I have totally displaced work and when I’ve done that I have found there to be something missing. But I also don’t want to put my nose to the grindstone and wake up someday and wonder what happened to my life. unWorking is about figuring out what you value most in life and then arranging your life around those things. It get’s 4 and a half stars on Amazon. I hope you will give it 5!
I’m always looking for a good book. If you have a recommendation, leave a comment below or share it with me on the Family Trek Facebook Page.