Summer is an amazing time of the year. The flowers are in bloom. It’s warm outside. The days are much longer than the nights. The birds and bugs are singing. Then, there is the whole extra reading time. And don’t get me started on the “summer reading” section of the library.
I know summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but a few days early can’t hurt, right? I have a huge stack of books sitting on the end table in my living room that I need to get to this summer. However, as you may well remember, I am a mood reader and sometimes I get distracted by a new list of books to make my goals for this summer.
My reading average has been about six books each month, this year. So I’ve made up a list of 14 books I am making it a goal to get to which leaves me 4 blanks for me to fill with my “moody books” as I go. This list includes old books (ones I’ve been meaning to get to and one I really loved and want to re-read) and new books (even one ARC). So feel free to read along with me OR pick out your own books to give this reading challenge a shot.
Summer, here we come.
- The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
- The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
- The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
- The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
- The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Kent
- The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
- War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
- The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
- The One and Only by Emily Giffin
- The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (the re-read on my list)
- The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- Summer People by Brian Groh
- The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall
BONUS: If you’re stuck working on your summer reading lists, here are a couple books I loved during previous summers:
- The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
- A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
- Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
- The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Let’s talk! What are you reading this summer? What are some of your favorite summer reads? How are you challenging yourself with this summer?