My summer of fiction

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Embracing life’s seasons to freshen things up

When it comes to reading, I spend most of my time reading books that teach me something. I read in order to keep growing, learning, and becoming. Whether it be the latest Malcolm Gladwell, new insights from Brené Brown, or the wisdom of Richard Rohr, I’m always reading books that expand my understanding of humanity and the world.

In recent years though I’ve realised I need to have a season where I step back from this type of book and simply bathe in the delights that only fiction can deliver. Last summer was the first time I intentionally took several months to only read fiction. And as I shared via Instagram yesterday, I'm now embarking on the same plan for this summer.

It’s not that my normal reading is a chore – far from it, I enjoy those books deeply. But we all benefit from a change of scenery. I found the switch to only fiction for a few months deeply refreshing last year and I feel ready for the same this time around.

I’m starting off with My Beautiful Friend by Elena Ferrante thanks to a recommendation in 1843 Magazine. And then I have All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker which I heard about via Reese Witherspoon. I’m also planning to read the third Cormoran Strike novel, Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). Also, after a conversation with Elizabeth Day on Twitter, I promised to read her latest book Paradise City. After watching the film Room last week, several people suggested I read the book by Emma Donoghue too. So that’s a possibility as well.

Life has seasons for a reason. We need to break things up in life. The more life becomes a non-stop, 24/7 whirlwind, the more we need to choose to embrace the seasons of life. That, I’m convinced, is how we stay refreshed and in a position to make the most of life.

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