2014 Summer Reading List AND a Free Printable

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2014 Summer Reading List from VLHamlinDesign

I love books. I mean, really love them. I might even be the world’s most insatiable reader. I read everything I can get my hands on…fiction, alternative medicine, business, how-to, education, street signs, the back of condiment bottles on the table in restaurants.

If it has words on it…I’m reading it. I was born a reader.

As with most things, I’m usually pretty random about what books I choose to read. You know that old saying,

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…

That’s really a bunch of bologna.

Everyone judges a book by its cover, at first.

How could you not?

There are only 3 ways to judge a book before you read it…the cover, the title and the summary. While the title and the summary might help you choose your book, after you’ve read them, the cover is what truly draws you in. You don’t walk into a book store or the library and have words jump out at you.

It’s the cover that jumps out and screams…take me home, you know you want to!

Or does that only happens to me?

I thought it happened to everyone. Maybe not. I guess that explains why I’m so indiscriminate in my reading choices.

As you might have guessed, I’ve never created a reading list for myself in the past. I usually just pick up a book that looks good and start reading. But, this year, there are a lot of books I’ve come across that I just didn’t want to spend the money on or I didn’t have time to read. Lucky for me, I’ve finally figured out the library download app on my NOOK and now, I can read all those books for free, whenever I want. I’m going to really try to finish reading them by the end of summer. We’ll see…

In order to keep track of all the books I want to read, I created the list below and then, I got thinking…maybe, you’d like to check out my reading list. Or maybe, you have some ideas for me? It’s always nice to compare. Send me an email or comment below if you have any book ideas for me.

Check out my list below and use the freebie to jot down the books you want to read.

2014 Summer Reading List

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There’s been some big changes in my life recently and there are many more to come in the next few months. I need to learn to relax, follow my to do list and make sure I get those important things done every day…Hopefully, the To Do List Makeover by S.J. Scott will share with me the hidden secrets to making that happen.

I mean, really…who doesn’t want to Think Like a Freak? I know I do! Oh wait. I already act like a freak! (Maybe that’s why I was drawn to this book?) Oh well, I’m hoping Steven D. Levitt and Stephan J. Dubner have some really good ideas to becoming a little bit more freak-y.

The Fault in Our Stars should really be at the top of my 2014 summer reading list. I’ve wanted to read this book for months, but I keep passing it by because I just know John Green has written a heart breaker that is sure to bring me to tears. I’m a true blat-ass by nature and I’m sure to cry my way through this story, but I MUST read it before the summer is out!

I can hear my sub-conscious already. “Morning Routine? Really? I don’t even like to see Morning and now you want me to get friendly with her and hang out every day?” Yeah baby! I’m already up and awake (sort-of) anyway, so why waste the time? I’d really like to Wake Up Successful every morning, so I”m hoping S. J. Scott will tell me how. :)

One of the changes that is soon coming to our life will affect our budget…massively. I’m trying to save, to be more frugal and a little less “Let’s Go Shopping!” because we’re bored. I’ve also been reading up on all of the budgeting books that I already have and working with my cash envelopes. But, when I came across this cute little piggy bank cover and the title The Retro Budget Prescription, I couldn’t help myself. I’ve got to read this book by Nora D’Ecclesis.

This book is a touchy subject and the reviews offer a wide range of thoughts on the material. But, I still want to read it. I don’t agree with the Common Core program. So, I’ll be interested to see what Glenn Beck has to say about the subject when I finally get to read Conform. Every child, every person, every student, every human learns differently and that’s okay. There is no “right way” to teach any specific subject to any certain person. Shoving a ton of intricate information into the brains of children, who are not cognitively ready to understand the material, is not creating a world of geniuses. It’s providing us with a future full of adults that are overwhelmed, stressed out and left feeling disconnected with their peers and the world at large.

Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one’s destiny intertwines with many others. It’s the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it. But there are some who are led. ~Princess Merida (from Disney-Pixar Brave)

Maybe Princess Merida was right…maybe our destiny is tied to the land. I’ve always wondered if that’s true. Are you poor or rich just because your family was poor or rich? Are you always successful if your parents were successful? But what about those that beat the odds? People that make it in life when they came from absolutely nothing? What makes them more special than the next guy? I can’t wait to find out what Malcolm Gladwell has to say, in Outliers,  about our success being tied to our history and where we come from.

I love Pinterest. Despite the fact that it is a total time suck, I find a lot of really awesome things on the site. But, I would like to better utilize it for my own business. I’m hoping Jason Miles and Karen Lacey have some good ideas in their book Pinterest Power.

That’s it for now. I actually have a ton of additional books saved to read this summer, but with the changes coming in my life, I really don’t expect to have time for much more. I guess those stories will have to be “put on the shelf” for another time.

Hey, you didn’t think I’d share a list of books without giving you somewhere to keep track of the ones you want to read, did you?

Just click the image below to grab your own free copy of my 2014 Summer Reading List.

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

 Please keep in mind that the Summer Reading List printable is a gift from me to you and is for your personal use only. Do not resell, reproduce or transfer this design in any commercial form.

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We’ve reached the halfway mark of the year 2014. And while that means its time for me to get to work on 2015 printable calendars…

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It’s so hard to imagine that we are already halfway through 2014.

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