Hello friends! Can you believe how fast this year has gone by?! Whether you’re traveling, or spending some time by the pool, or curled up on a park bench underneath the shade of a large tree, summer is a great time to do a little reading. With that in mind, here are 10 books that are on my reading list. I can’t promise that I’ll get through them all, but I’m hoping to find time for at least a few!
1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell has a talent for capturing the way people think and act so accurately – especially when it’s irrational – and Landline is no exception. It will get you thinking the foundations on which your own relationships are based, laughing and crying along the way.
2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
The author of Lean In is the chief operating officer of Facebook. She wrote this book to empower women and motivate them to seek challenges, take risks and pursue your goals in the workplace. Everyone seems to be talking about this one!
3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The plot involves a young boy’s miraculous survival of a tragedy, an art heist, and New York City society.
4. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
I’ve heard great things about Skippy Dies, a tragicomic portrayal of an all-boys Catholic prep school in Dublin, Ireland. Be prepared to laugh and cry all at the same time.
5. Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
Named one of the “30 Books You Need to Read in 2014” by Huffington Post, this book takes place over a summer weekend at a beach house, where a group of 30-something friends meet.
6. The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
A story about a boy who lost his father and the boy’s working class mother trying to make ends meet, this book is rumored to be beautifully written with amazing characters. An all-American memoir.
7. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year in 2010 by Time magazine – Unbroken tells an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity,and is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This story brings truth to the phrase “opposites attract” as two characters show each other the real meaning of happiness when time is precious.
9. The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2) by Robert Galbraith
A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, this book is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant.
10. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
Touted as “the one novel that could change Canada,” this book won the Canada Reads 2014 challenge. I’ve been told this book will edify, illuminate, shatter, and complete your understanding of society during 17th century First Nations and European first contact.
BONUS – RUNNING: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
I read this book last summer (listened to this as audio book, actually), and I cannot rave about it enough!!! I loved everything about this book – from the history to the culture to the lessons and the stories!!! I felt like I was emotionally invested in these characters, and that they had become my crazy runner friends.
Words to run by:
“Distance running was revered because it was indispensable; it was the way we survived and thrived and spread across the planet. You ran to eat and to avoid being eaten; you ran to find a mate and impress her, and with her you ran off to start a new life together. You had to love running, or you wouldn’t live to love anything else. And like everything else we love – everything we sentimentally call our ‘passions’ and ‘desires’, it’s really an encoded ancestral necessity. We were born to run; we were born because we run.”
“That was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they’d never forgotten what it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was mankind’s first fine art, our original act of inspired creation.”
BONUS – GUILTY PLEASURE: Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews
I’ve read the Weezie & Bebe Mysteries series by this author, and I loved how each one was a fun, quick read! If you are wanting a guilty pleasure/southern chick lit/contemporary romance – then I’d say this book fits the bill!
Have you read any of these books? Which ones are also on YOUR summer reading list?? Are there any new summer releases that I should add???