Top 5 Must-Have Summer Reading Books

Summer is here, and for me that means reading season! Between traveling, laying by the pool or the beach and lazy Sundays, I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can. If you’re looking for a book to pick up for the summer months, here are a few of my favorites that I recommend to anyone who asks!

  1. Untethered Soul - What would it be like to be free from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? Michael Singer’s book “The Untethered Soul” explores just that. It’s an amazing book exploring his journey towards spiritual liberation, and I couldn’t put it down.

  2. A Path with Heart - For more than three decades, Jack Kornfield has been teaching “western” cultures how to integrate eastern teachings into their everyday lives. He’s able to take bigger, abstract ideas (like spirituality) and explain them in ways that anyone can relate. It’s approachable, interesting and overall a great read.

  3. The Last Lecture - It’s no secret that this book has changed lives- just look at the almost 3,000 raving reviews on Amazon! One man used his journey with terminal cancer to help others answer the existential question— What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? It’s emotional, inspiring and a must-read for anyone who hasn’t yet!

  4. Jessica Olie E-Books - Jessica Olie has three e-books as part of her #LetsStartYoga series, and I can’t recommend them enough! If you’ve ever been curious-yet-intimidated by the practice, these downloads are perfect for you. Bonus - they’re all online so you can download to an iPad or kindle for easy traveling!

  5. The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it For Life - In this book, award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp shares the secrets that have helped carry her more than 30-year career to success. She shares her tips for cultivating your creative talents, no matter what they may be! Clean the clutter from your mind and tap into creativity you never knew you had with this quick-read!

What are your favorite books? Let me know in the comments!


Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!