summer

“Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own.”
– Charles Scribner, Jr.

The Sky in La Rioja (Spain)

While I don’t read as much as I would like to, I love reading and sometimes come across books that I obsess about the same way others do about Games of Thrones. With all the extra time I have this summer, I want to bring regular reading back into my life – specially when it means I can shamelessly lie on a sun bed for hours and still justify to myself that I’m doing something.

Here’s what’s on my summer reading list:

It’s not me, it’s you – by Mhairi McFarlane 

Mhairi McFarlane’s books re funny, witty and relatable – and this one is no exception. The main character, Delia Moss, finds herself in a horrible situation and fights to deal with it the best she can, all the while discovering who she really is and what she truthfully wants in life.

Luckiest girl alive – by Jessica Knoll 

As a fan of Gone Girl, I’ve been dying to read this book. The book “explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to have it all, and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cut-throat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears”. I probably won’t be able to put it down!

Also: Pacific Standard (see: Gone Girl and Wild), together with Lionsgate, have already grabbed its movie rights!

Red Queen – by Victoria Aveyard

According to one enthusiastic reviewer on Goodreads: “Red Queen is Game of Thrones with Katniss as the Mockingjay with X-Men in a tantalising YA twist of magical perfection”. Yeap. You got me completely hooked already!

The Empathy Era – by Belinda Parmar

Belinda is the founder of social enterprise Little Miss Geek and the CEO of Lady Geek – a consultancy dedicated to transforming the way companies engage and sell to women. I love all things related to empowering women and innovation (even more when they combined), so this this books is a clear must-read!

New York, USA

Are you there, vodka? It’s me, Chelsea – by Chelsea Handler

Am I super late to the party? Ok, Probably. So, I’ve got to admit: I have no idea who Chelsea is (I mean, I do – I googled her and learned that she played a role on This is War), but everyone raves about her books, so I’m going to join the masses. It sounds like a fresh fun beach read!

What Alice forgot – by Liane Moriarty

I loved the agility and characters in The Husband’s Secret and can’t wait to dive into another of Liane’s books. I’m attracted to stories in which the character tries to reconstruct past events (just as in Elizabeth is Missing, for example), so I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to let it down!

Unbecoming – by Rebecca Scherm

So, the first Goodreads review I read said that this book is “a little cocktail mix of Gone Girl and The Goldfinch with a little garnish of The Talented Mr. Ripley“. This, of course, sounds almost too good to be true! But if there’s only a tiny little resemblance to any of these, I’m happy. Also, the story itself, revolving around a runaway living in Paris under an assumed identity sounds like a great start!

The tipping point: How little things can make a big difference – by Malcom Gladwell

I love to read about complex phenomenons explained with in simpler terms. The Tipping Point is the name given by epidemiologists for the moment in an epidemic when everything can change all at once. Malcom takes this concept and applies it to sales, marketing and social change.

Have you read any of these books yet? What’s on your summer reading list?

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How do you adapt from living on one of Europe’s top beach destinations to one of its top winter sport destinations? Well, really, you don’t.

I do enjoy the summer at the lake, preparing BBQs, drinking beers with friends and skating along its promenades. I even like the snow during winter – it even encouraged me to try out snowboarding! But there’s something about the sun, the warm breeze, feeling the salt and the sand on your skin, listening to the waves come and go… that can’t be replaced with a BBQ in a park.

On the day of my arrival to Lisbon, I took a cab to Costa Da Caparica – popular for its many beaches and highly frequented because of its proximity to Lisbon. To be frank, I expected a sort of portuguese Benidorm – I was so wrong (again). 40 minutes and 25 euros later, I arrived to a paradise – Praia Morena.

Nothing. I did nothing but lay on my sun bed watching the few people, listening to the sea and, from time to time, cooling down in the ocean. I didn’t turn on my ipod. I didn’t take out my book. I think I hadn’t felt that decompressed in almost two years.

The delicious tropical salad I had over lunch at Borda d’Agua surely contributed to my moment of complete happiness.

Sure I can accept living away from the beach, I can even adapt to this new situation finding different sorts of entertainment. But I will never get rid of the beach person inside me – sun, ocean and sand will always be part of my source of happiness.