12 Books On My Summer Reading List

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


I recently reorganized my entire bookshelf and have put everything that I haven't read together. It's my official To-Read shelf for the summer. Most of them are books that I have had for a while yet haven't gotten around to actually reading.

If you look closely, you'll see that I've very anally organized the books with fiction on the left, non-fiction on the right. TBD on whether I'll actually get through them all without getting distracted by newer books I hear about, but here's what I'm aiming for.

F I C T I O N

"The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
I have a collection of saved pictures on Instagram called "Books To Read." A picture of this book was the very first one to be added, back in April 2017. It's historical fiction, focusing on two sisters in France during World War II. I managed to find a paperback copy in very good quality at a used bookstore for only ten dollars.

"The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold
I've been meaning to read this book since the movie came out... nine years ago. Has it really been that long? It's a story about the murder of a teenage girl and her family's grief, told by the girl herself, watching from heaven as her family searches for the killer.

"The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger
Another book that I've been meaning to read since I saw the movie. Again, it's been nine years. I'm not even sure where I got this book. I think it's my mom's. I'm sure we're all familiar with the storyline: Henry has a disorder that essentially causes him to sporadically travel through time, both past and future. At 31, he marries 23-year-old Clare, and they must figure out how they can live a normal life together with Henry's extremely not-normal problem.

"Still Alice" by Lisa Genova
A friend of mine lent me this book with the warning that it made her very sad. It's about Alice, a 50-year-old woman adjusting to her new lifestyle after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. I'm emotional already.

"Truly Madly Guilty" by Liane Moriarty
This was a great find at the used bookstore. A like-new, can't-believe-this-is-even-used copy for only seven dollars. The summary is pretty vague, but I'm willing to take the risk for Liane Moriarty. A group of six friends, with three kids in tow, get together for a barbecue. Something happens. Two months later, they're wondering how things would have been different if they never went in the first place.

"Keeping Faith" by Jodi Picoult
After divorcing her husband for cheating on her with another woman, Mariah discovers that her seven-year-old daughter, Faith, has an imaginary friend, and it seems like her "friend" might be God. Faith begins reciting passages from the Bible, which she's never read, and has caught the media's attention by performing some miracles. Picoult is one of my favorite authors. Even though I'm not a religious person, she does such a great job of writing about unique topics and presenting both sides equally that I'm sure I will still enjoy it.

"After I Do" by Taylor Jenkins Reid
When I read my first (and only) TJR book, I was amazed that she actually had me enjoying a romance. When I was younger, I'd read nothing but Nicholas Sparks. Literally. Since then, I've gravitated away from the genre. I often find them to be too cheesy or fast-paced to be realistic. As much as I love romance movies, I'm oddly picky about the books. "After I Do" sounds really good, though. When a couple reaches their breaking point in their marriage, they decide to take a year off. One year apart, zero contact with each other. Through this experiment, they learn about themselves, what they value, and what they'll fight for. I snagged this book for five dollars and can't wait to read it.

N O N - F I C T I O N

"How To Be A Bawse" by Lilly Singh
Ignore the use of "Bawse" here. I'm not fond of it either. But I am a sucker for an inspirational self-help book, so I'm really looking forward to reading this one. I was hooked when I saw this in the Goodreads summary: "This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That's because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for–not wished for." Heck yeah.

"Why Not Me?" by Mindy Kaling
I just finished Mindy Kaling's hilarious first book, so duh, I'm going to read her second one too.

"Unfu*k Yourself" by Gary John Bishop
A friend of mine posted a picture to her Instagram story of the cover of this book, where I saw the subhead, "Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life." Well, if that doesn't sound like it's meant for me, I don't know what is. When am I not wrapped up in my head?

"Choose Them Wisely" by Mike Dooley
I once came across the quote, "Thoughts become things. Choose the good ones." I immediately fell in love with it and looked up where it was from. Voilà, it's this book, filled with tips on how to live an enriching life. I told you, I'm a sucker a good self-help book.

"Bossypants" by Tina Fey
I started reading this at some point in college, though I don't remember how far I got or why I abandoned it. It's Tina Fey so of course I'm keeping this on my to-read list forever until I actually do.


Have you read any of these? What books are on your summer reading list?


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