Rocking Chair Reads: My Favorite Summer Night Books

Can you smell it in the air? It’s the smell of sand castles, sparklers and cookouts. Yes, summer is nearly upon us, and I cannot wait for long days and cool nights.


One of my absolute favorite things to do after a long day of hanging out in the sun is to come home, pour a glass of iced tea, and curl up with a good book while listening to the crickets chirping nearby. Nothing is more relaxing.

But there are so many choices of books to go with (it’s actually overwhelming) – and I’d like to offer you some of mine to narrow the field.

Here are my top rocking chair reads:

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5 (More) Documentaries Worth Checking Out

There are two things I do extremely often: Work on my writing, and watch films (usually with a glass of pinot, but I digress). Because I’m such a cinema-holic, I usually cycle through films and television series pretty quickly, so I’m always looking for new material to intrigue and entertain.

And lately, I’ve been on a serious documentary kick. I’ve written previously about some choice documentaries to check out (seriously, if you haven’t you should), but I’ve decided to add a few more to that mix.

But these documentaries are a bit different than the ones I’ve shared before. The point of a documentary is to give you a glimpse of a world you aren’t familiar with – they’re here to break your bubble, in a way, to let the bigger picture in.

In this world, there’s a lot more lurking just beneath the surface – dark psyches, urban legends, and things that go bump in the night. And nothing is scarier – or more fascinating than – human beings themselves.

These documentaries offer a look at the part of human nature we don’t like to talk about. The taboo, the nerve-wracking, the tormented and the often terrifying side of ourselves – and the world that surrounds us.

Here are my recommendations for the least snore-worthy documentary films that fit into this described category.

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