Summer Reading Recap

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Joan Lunden

Joan's Blog / / September 06, 2016

I don’t know about you, but summertime is such an amazing opportunity for me to dive into a bunch of new books.  Is there anything better than lying on a lounge chair under an umbrella on a warm day and getting lost in good novel?  I don’t think so.  
Now I will admit that this summer I went on a bit of a Harlan Coben binge. He had me hooked with Tell No One and I’ve been pouring through his books ever since.  This summer I read one after another, after another.  I read  The Innocent, Just One Look, The Stranger, Missing You, and Stay Close – all Coben books and I loved each and every one of them. 
Then I decided that I needed to take a breather from my mystery novel binge and so I read a book that many of my FaceBook friends had recommended.  And they did not steer me wrong, it turned out to be a wonderfully thought-provoking book called When Breath Becomes Air.   It's a breathtakingly insightful memoir written by a brilliant neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi, who is diagnosed with a virulent lung cancer at age 36. While seeking the true meaning of happiness, he discovers that you can't enjoy life if you focus on death. His everlasting message becomes clear; as long as you are alive, you must keep your focus on living a life worth living! I highly recommend it!
Then I decided to take another recommendation from a FaceBook friend who said that she had just finished  Before the Fall by Noah Hawley and had loved it.  I did my usual research – I  went to Amazon/books and started reading reviews.  While they were mostly good, they were a little mixed, but I went for it anyway and I’m so glad that I did.  Again, a great tip from FaceBook, you gotta love that!  I can pass on this recommendation as well.
I got one more recommendation at the end of the summer, this one came from my Had I Known co-author and long-time friend Laura Morton who said that I must read Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by Dr. David Hawkins. She knows that I have loved other books in this genre like Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water by Brian Luke Seward and Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  Laura knows her customer so I’m excited to dive into Letting Go. I wouldn’t let myself start it because I had twelve speeches to finish for my Fall Speaking Tour but  I’ve already downloaded it to my Kindle so I’m all set for my upcoming flights – I will be all set with reading material for my crazy busy speaking schedule all over the country.  Some people would hate my travel schedule but I don’t mind it at all because it just means lots of hours in the air to read! 
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About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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