Summer Reads 2014


This post is sponsored by Scribd.


Well, it seems I’m still devouring nonfiction as you can see from this summer’s reading list. (Although, hey, 1 of the 8 is fiction. Uh, metaphysical fiction, but FICTION. Large strides I’m taking, people.) As you probably have gathered, I’ve been reading A LOT this past year, and am pretty pumped about the subscription service from Scribd. Instead of buying every book under the sun for your e-reader like yours truly, you can pay a simple monthly fee to read as many as you want. Awwww yeahhhh. Here are my eight reads for the summer.

1. The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, PhD – I am hoping this will keep my family occupied during the road trips we have planned for this summer.

2. Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain – I love Anthony Bourdain. Adore him. I know I’ve linked to it several times, but did you ever read his article on Nick Jr shows? It was the best thing ever, but unfortunately, I can’t find it online anymore. :(

3. What Remains by Carole Radziwill – I’ll admit it, I only know her from RHONYC, but it has the potential to be a great summer read.

4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho  – This book has been on my list for ages – I’m going to make it happen very soon.

5. Wild Fermentation by Sally Fallon  – I’m thoroughly into fermenting foods these days. Heal the gut, heal the mind! This is supposed to be a great, no-frills book on the subject.

6. Are you there, Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea – Chelsea Handler is a mess. A hilarious mess, and I love her for it. Perfect pool read.

7. Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs – I’ve heard nothing by good things. It’s supposed to be downright hilarious.

8. Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless- I’ve doing a lot of experimentation with essential oils over the past few months, and I have to say, I’m really impressed. (Especially in regards to my kids’ ailments. Whoah!) I’m geeking out about reading this book cover to cover.

Attention, attention! Scribd is offering 3 months free to all Whoorl readers. How cool is that? Just click here and use the code whoorl0614. And then tell me what else I should be reading – nonfiction or not!

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  1. How exciting! I’ve been wanting to try Scribd. (The code is saying Invalid Code, however.)

    Chelsea Handler–love her! I’m going to have to check out the Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, for sure.

    • Oh, for crying out loud. Sorry about that! I’m on it right now. Thanks for the heads up, Megan. Hang tight!

  2. Megan, have you signed up previously? Scribd is reporting that the link is working fine. However, when I click it, it says “invalid code” too. I am wondering if it’s because I already have an account?

  3. It’s invalid for me too and I’d never been to the site before. Looks cool though!! Thanks for the book recs, still recovering from the Goldfinch over here.

  4. I haven’t signed up for an account, and it’s giving me the promotional code is invalid message.
    I’m using my iPhone, so maybe that’s an issue?

  5. Hang tight, ladies! They are working on it right now. Sorry!

  6. I don’t have a Scribd account and it’s coming up Invalid for me, too.

  7. Thanks for the recs. The only one I have read from you list is Chelsea… I try and keep my reading super classy. My list includes: Gone Girl, And The Mountains Echoed, The Vacationers and Where Did You Go Bernadette. Super excited to try out Scribd! Thanks for hooking us all up!
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  8. Ok, gals! The link is working – thanks for your patience!

  9. Yazmena says:

    THANK YOU! I’ve been curious about this service for a while. I can’t wait to dig into some good reads =)

  10. I loved What Remains. Read it because of RHoNY and was so surprised at her lovely writing.

  11. Gah, I love your book recommendations but I’m still working my way through some of the last ones! Reading Mind over Medicine right now. And I’m super interested in all the buzz about essential oils. Everyone I know is selling them! I like the idea – I just annoyed that everyone in my mom’s group is a like a walking informercial for them ;) Maybe I’ll skip the sales pitch and just give the book a try.
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  12. I love Bourdain too! What is it about him? I find him strangely appealing. Is it the jerk-appeal?
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  13. Stephanie says:

    Have you read 10% Happier by Dan Harris? Seems to be up your alley! Added a few to my list based upon your recommendations…thanks!

  14. Attempted to sign up with this code a while ago. My card was charged and, while annoyed, no big deal. Emailed support and followed their instructions. Aaaaaand card charged again. Woe is me, life is hard, blah blah. Still paid almost $20 and got almost nothing in return. Customer service suggested I take it up with Apple!? Happy just to cancel and save the rest of my money. Sigh.