My Summer Reading List

beach reading

by John Ellis

Shortly, Lord willing, my family and I will be enjoying a mini-vacation in the Florida Keys. We are looking forward to swimming with dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center, relaxing on the beautiful, tranquil beaches of the Keys, and enjoying the best seafood that can be found in this country. During our time there, of course, I will take the opportunity to read and read some more. Some of the books I will be devouring while my kids avoid jellyfish and sharks are listed below. Sadly, I won’t be able to read all twelve books listed while lounging on the beach in Key Largo, but I’ll give it my best shot.

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An Unnecessary Woman

an unnecessary woman

 

by John Ellis

This is the year that I turn forty. I’m sure that there are many self-help books out there explaining how to navigate a mid-life crisis, but I think mine is progressing quite nicely without the aid of self-help books. For example, every unexplained pain causes me to pause and wonder if, just to be safe, I should stop what I’m doing and hug my kids one last time. And, when I look back on my accomplishments, I wonder if any of it mattered; if not, is it too late to build something that does matter? When I turned thirty, the thought of a mid-life crisis seemed laughable; the pathetic existential crisis of men who are not John Ellis. Cocky, self-assured, with a size 32 waist and legs that could still lift him high enough to dunk a basketball, thirty year old John Ellis scoffed at time’s feeble attacks. The soon to be forty year old John Ellis finds himself screaming for it to stop; how is it twenty-one years after high school graduation already?

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