Wow. What a summer of reading. 

Reading has always been an escape for me, but that was definitely true this summer when I read in any spare moment as a form of distraction and as a comfort during difficult times.

You can see all the books I’ve read on my Goodreads Challenge page if you want to take a look and see if any might be a fit for your to-read pile.

Altogether, I read 31 books over the summer. Here they are broken out into some rough categories:

Yoga Books:

I’m still in the midst of my yoga training, so several of these were tied to that, but I especially enjoyed diving into “The Work” process described by Byron Katie.

  • The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele
  • Inside the Yoga Sutras by Jaganath Carrera
  • A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie

Business/Leadership Books:

I loved reading several of the “Do” series books over this summer. There is also a podcast and video series that I hope to explore soon.

  • Do Open by David Hieatt
  • Do Fly by Gavin Strange
  • Do Purpose by David Hieatt
  • Do Disrupt by Mark Shayler

Self-Care Books:

My self-care reading focused a lot on slowing down, solitude practices, and how to deal with uncertainty in the midst of lots of change.

  • Pause by Rachael O-Meara
  • Do Breathe by Michael Townsend Williams
  • Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
  • Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron
  • Do Pause by Robert Poynton
  • The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

Mystery Novels:

Mysteries are my favorite genre, so I was happy to make progress in several of my favorite series over the summer.

  • The Janes by Louisa Luna
  • The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben
  • If She Wakes by Michael Koryta
  • A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
  • Long Range by C.J. Box
  • Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
  • The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
  • Force of Nature by Jane Harper
  • A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George
  • With No One as Witness by Elizabeth George

General Fiction:

I also was able to squeeze in some general fiction reading and I can highly recommend Dear Edward and The Testaments as two of my favorite reads of the year so far.

  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
  • At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
  • Under the Christmas Tree by Robyn Carr
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

What did you read over the last several months? What’s on your to-read stack before the end of 2020?