TIU Book Club ~ Karena’s Summer Reads
Hey beautiful! I just got back to Manhattan Beach after a magical trip. I feel so grateful to have spent the week relaxing in Santorini with Kat and Brian and exploring Paris with Bobby. We saw the most stunning scenery, discovered the incredible culture, had fun in the sun, and ate the best fresh local food! It was truly unforgettable and I came back feeling more inspired and energized than ever!
The trip also gave me a chance to catch up on my summer reading. You girls know how much I love to read and I’ve shared some of my fave books here and here. Before I left for vacay, I headed to the bookstore and stocked up on a bunch of new books. Plus, I packed some I’d been meaning to read.
Today I’m sharing some of these amazing summer reads, from inspirational books, to memoirs, to fiction…and of course, one that will look familiar! ;) These are all perfect for your next summer getaway, staycation, or day at the beach or pool.
I hope you love these books as much as I do! And share all your recommendations with me in the comments — I’m always looking for new books and I want to hear what’s on your list!
Balanced and Beautiful
You may have seen that Kat and I wrote a new book for you! We dreamt up this book over late night chats with our girlfriends, writing together in the mountains of Palm Springs, and sitting around Kat’s fire pit. We poured our hearts into this book and we’re so excited that it’s finally here!
We created a 5-day guide for you that focuses on the amazing woman that you are. It includes a plan to Refresh, Motivate, Inspire, Energize, and Relax. Each chapter is filled with workouts, delicious recipes, beauty tips, a spiritual guide, and girl talk. We asked our best girlfriends and girls in the community to share their advice too. Balanced and Beautiful is the perfect summer read to feel refreshed, centered, and empowered!
You can pre-order your book HERE! We can’t wait to see it in your hands!
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
All of Louise Hay’s books are incredibly powerful. I love her philosophy, “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.” I return to this book and her affirmations often. I also love her books Heal Your Body and The Power Is Within You.
Meditation Is Not What You Think by Jon Kabat-Zinn
This book explores how meditation can be different for everyone and how taking time for yourself to practice mindfulness is truly an act of self-love.
I’ve Been Thinking… by Maria Shriver
Maria Shriver — such an inspiring boss babe — shares quotes, meditations, mantras, and reflections that are beautiful and empowering. This is a great gift for a girlfriend too!
One of my favorite quotes from the book ~
“Each day, each of us is faced with the possibility of resetting our lives. Refocusing. Reimagining. Rebooting. Every day, we can decide to change our outlook, our words, our tone, and our attitude.” — Maria
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Eagan
This is a great one if you’re looking for a novel. It’s not about Manhattan Beach, Cali though ;) It’s a fascinating story of a young female diver in Brooklyn during World War II. It’s a mix of historical fiction and mystery (my favorite).
The Book of She by Sarah Avant Stover
Your heroine’s journey into the heart of feminine power. I think this is a powerful book for all women to read — it explores and celebrates all that it means to be a woman.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
This is actually a children’s book filled with bedtime stories about the lives of extraordinary women. It was illustrated by female artists from all around the world. It’s so beautiful and I think it will empower generations of women, from young girls to adults. It’s also a great gift for any young girl!