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Summer Reading Wish List

There are so many great books out there and not enough time to read them all.

I am a little behind with my reading list these days, so sharing my top picks is an extra motivation.

1.  Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table by Christopher Bakken

I have been looking for the perfect summer read and I believe I found it. Christopher Bakken explores Greek’s slow food culture and the beauty of simple things. I am looking forward to reading this book, hopefully on the way to Greece.

2.  Ego is the enemy by Ryan Holiday 

Although I have already read the book, I would love to do it again. Ego is the enemy was a nice surprise. A friend of mine suggested it and I read it on my way to work, while waiting in a queue or enjoying an ice-cream in the sun. It is definitely a great read and deserves more attention.

“When we remove ego, we’re left with what is real. What replaces ego is humility, yes—but rock-hard humility and confidence. Whereas ego is artificial, this type of confidence can hold weight. Ego is stolen. Confidence is earned. Ego is self-anointed, its swagger is artifice. One is girding yourself, the other gaslighting. It’s the difference between potent and poisonous.”
― Ryan Holiday

3.  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

This is the story of Count Alexander Rostov, sentenced on house arrest in the Metropol hotel in Moscow, following his conviction by a Bolshevik tribunal. The rise of communism in Russia and one person caught in between two worlds… I hope I can read it in August.

“if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them.”
― Amor Towles

4.  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 

I downloaded a reading sample from Amazon to check whether this book is my cup of tea. I still have some doubts about it but I will give it a try.  This is the review that made me put it on my reading list:

“Like a contemporary Jane Eyre, Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is a woman scarred by profound loneliness, and the shadow of a harrowing childhood she can’t even bear to remember. Bit by bit, and with extraordinary courage, however, Eleanor begins peeling the layers of protective numbness, letting others near for the first time, and reaching for the life she hasn’t believed she deserves. Deft, compassionate and deeply moving–Honeyman’s debut will have you rooting for Eleanor with every turning page. I loved this story.”

–Paula McClain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun

5.  Ikigai by Hector Garcia Puigcerver

This book was meant to be a present for my mom. Well, I am going to read it as well. I stumbled upon the blog of the author – A Geek in Japan – which serves as a great complimentary reading material. Ikigai is a book about Japan and its philosophy for a healthy body and spirit.

“Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” —Japanese proverb

Hope you find something interesting for yourself as well. Please feel free to share your book suggestions in the comments 🙂

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