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Spending Some of the Summer With Nonfiction

The Broke and the Bookish want to know what’s on my Summer TBR list.

I’m in such a disorganized reading phase. Disorganized in a good way. My monthly new release TBR posts are kind of my guideline for most of the fiction I read. But I’ve been enjoying so many backlist books that there is nothing really set in stone for the summer. Well, aside from revisiting Judy Blume, Shirley Jackson and Harper Lee, most of my fiction reads are up in the air.

So I decided to visit the nonfiction section at the library to get ideas for what to read alongside some of those backlist and new release fiction books I have in mind. And a goal for myself is to read more nonfiction. I really enjoy podcasts, so maybe I should approach nonfiction via audio. I also LOVE reading self-help, DIY, travel and cookbooks, so this list was much easier than I thought.

Nonfiction summer reads

I have some weekends open this summer to plan little getaways. I also like to plan vacations for the near future so to aid in the wanderlust this summer:

Great Escapes: Chicago: Day Trips, Weekend Getaways, Easy Planning, Quick Access, Best Places to Visit – Karla Zimmerman

Day Trips From Chicago: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler – Elisa Drake

Off The Beaten Path: A Travel Guide to More Than 1000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting – Reader’s Digest

One of the exciting projects I was recruited for at the library is to create nature kits for patrons to check out. Not all the members at the library have access to a backyard nor do they have the resources to spend time in nature. So this little book has been flagged tremendously with creative and wonderful ideas to get kids and their families outside this summer that cost nothing:

I Love Dirt: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover The Wonders of Nature – Jennifer Ward

Spending time in the garden is a big summer must for me. I’m working on revamping mine to include more native, prairie plants, which has made the vegetable space nonexistent. My vegetable garden has been reduced to pots and now I am also in charge of the community gardens at the library. Hopefully these two will help me along this summer:

Design Your Natural Midwest Garden – Patricia Hill (She is a Chicago native and designed the gorgeous butterfly garden at our library. I’ve never met her but hear she really knows her native plants!)

Small Plots, Big Harvest – Lucy Halsall

With all the bounty I hope to receive from the garden, I must cook right? If not successful, we have fabulous farmers markets available all over the place.

Summer Food: New Summer Classics – Paul Lowe, Nina Dreyer Hensley, Jim Hensley

The Green City Market Cookbook: Great Recipes From Chicago’s Award-Winning Farmers Market – Green City Market, Rick Bayless

And to end the list, I need some self-help books to keep me sane this summer. These two are newly downloaded audio books from the library and I look forward to them. I’ve always wanted to read a book by Brene Brown after watching her inspiring TED talk and Kondo’s newly released book is perfect timing after going through some home reno.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who Your Are – Brene Brown

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – Marie Kondo

What’s on your radar for summer reads?

9 thoughts on “Spending Some of the Summer With Nonfiction

  1. I Love Dirt immediately caught my attention because I’m always trying to get my kids outside when the weather is good and hopefully foster a love of nature and exploration. I have to admit it’s a struggle sometimes.

  2. We’re going on a cross-country road trip soon, so we’ve bought tons of travel books. And one of my favorites, if not the favorite, is “Off the Beaten Path.” I like that it points out interesting places that typical tourists tend to miss (smaller crowds is always a plus). And that it has a clear layout – each attraction is referenced on a readable map. Easy to read and follow. Oh, and pretty pictures. The only downside is that it’s kinda heavy.

    Naturally, I was excited to see that you like it too. One of the attractions closer to Chicago is the Illinois Railway Museum. I like trains so I’m gonna try to go.

      • Chicago – undecided but possible. We’ll be on the road this summer and fall, but the itinerary is still up in the air. We’ve been to the city before and loved it, but we didn’t see much of the suburbs so maybe we’ll see them this time.

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