Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make time for leisure! Yes, the kids (or you, if you’re one of the young ones) may be back in school and your schedule may infinitely be more hectic, but you gotta make time for activities that feed your mind and nourish your soul. You wouldn’t want to be sucked into that black hole of crazy business now, don’t you?

Reading is an easy way to transport yourself to a different setting, without necessarily whisking yourself to a place far away from your daily duties. The key is to have good books to pore over so you’ll have a blast reading. We found these interesting titles over at Barnes & Noble, and the best part is you can get them at cool prices using Piggy… along with 2 percent cash back, to boot:

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward’s distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature.”

The Vietnam War by Geoffrey C. Ward

“The book plunges us into the chaos and intensity of combat. Rather than taking sides, the book seeks to understand why the war happened the way it did, and to clarify its complicated legacy. Beautifully written and richly illustrated, this is a tour de force that is certain to launch a new national conversation.”

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eger

The Choice weaves Eger’s personal story with case studies from her work as a psychologist. Her patients and their stories illustrate different phases of healing and show how people can choose to escape the prisons they construct in their minds and find freedom, regardless of circumstance. Eger’s story is an inspiration for everyone. And her message is powerful and important: ‘Your pain matters and is worth healing: You can choose to be joyful and free.'”

It Takes Two by Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott

“Jonathan and Drew Scott, known for their wildly popular HGTV shows including Property Brothers and Brother vs Brother, follow up their New York Times bestseller, Dream Home, with a highly anticipated memoir. It Takes Two: Our Story shares never-before-revealed tales of the brothers’ childhood and rise to fame—from starting their first business at 7 years old, their years modeling and acting, to their first house purchase at the impressive young age of eighteen. They soon found their true passion in life, combining their natural gifts for entertaining with the skills they learned from buying, renovating, and selling homes.”

Phasma (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Star Wars): Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Delilah S. Dawson

“One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins—and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.”

Vacation Rental Freedom by Jake Miller

“One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins. And on exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.”

The Store by James Patterson

“THE STORE IS WATCHING YOU. Jacob and Megan Brandeis have gotten jobs with the mega-successful, ultra-secretive Store. Seems perfect. Seems safe. But their lives are about to become anything but perfect, anything but safe. ALWAYS WATCHING. Especially since Jacob and Megan have a dark secret of their own. They’re writing a book that will expose the Store–a forbidden book, a dangerous book.”

Eleanor: The Years Alone by Joseph P. Lash

“Eleanor Roosevelt lived 17 years after her husband Franklin’s death in 1945. This is the story of those mature years, in which her humanitarian work earned her the title of First Lady of the World. Learn about this indomitable spirit’s efforts on behalf of world peace and social betterment following her husband’s death.”

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, ‘What starts here changes the world,’ he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves, and the world, for the better.”

 

We bet you’ll have a blast getting lost in your reading adventures!

 

*summaries from barnesandnoble.com

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