In this latest installment of CNBC’s summer reading series Christina Grimmie, a singer/songwriter, offers up her suggestions. The recording artist, who was discovered on NBC’s “The Voice,” recently released her new single., “Shrug,” and will be opening this year’s iHeart Radio Music Festival.
Growing up, I never liked to read, if I’m being honest. I found a new love for reading witin the past few years. I love to read while I travel and because I travel A LOT — and sometimes a computer doesn’t pass the time properly — I always like to have a book on hand. And when I’m home, weirdly enough I sit on the floor in my room and read — and that’s become my “spot.”
Here’s what’s on my reading list this summer:
Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata
It’s a psychological manga thriller about a high-school student named Light, who finds a book that can kill people; There is only one detective in the world (a guy named L) who is smart enough to suspect Light and crack the case. I love mind games, so this interested me right off the bat.
Classic Christianity: Life’s Too Short to Miss the Real Thing
By Bob George
This is one of my favorite books on the Christian faith that helps put into perspective what the real Christian life looks like.
Written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa
This is a manga series about a brilliant young alchemist who, as a young child essentially “sold his brother’s soul” by accident in an attempt to bring their mother back to life. And now his little brother’s soul is living inside a giant suit of armor. The book is about their adventure to get his brother’s body back. But there are lots of roadblocks on their journey. I am immediately drawn to Edward (the main character) because he is hysterical and has such personality. The story line is amazing.
The Case for Christ – A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
By Lee Strobel
This is the true story of a man’s attempt to “disprove” Christianity, when, in the end, he finds it can’t be done. The research in this book is truly remarkable and really makes you think!
Touching Spirit Bear
By Ben Mikaelsen
This is one of my favorite books of all time! It’s about a delinquent named Cole who is such a bad child, his punishment was to live by himself on an island. Being as cocky as ever, he thought he was prepared. This book is about how he is humbled beyond belief when he meets the spirit bear, who shows Cole who’s boss. I read this years ago and it’s still one of my favorites to this day.
Commentary by Christina Grimmie, a contestant on Season 6 of The Voice (Team Adam). Her newest single, “Shrug”, is already in major rotation on several radio stations, including Radio Disney. Follow her on Twitter @TheRealGrimmie.