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.
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:
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:
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