Summer just seems like the time of year to discuss what to read. Hopefully you’re enjoying lazy afternoons by the pool or on the porch. Maybe you’re taking a trip and need some entertainment in the car or on the plane. Oh, and then there’s beach reading!
The past few years, I have set a New Year’s resolution to read 12 books (1 book per month). I haven’t hit the full 12 yet, but I’ve been in the range of 7 to 8, which I feel like is still a pretty good amount.
But, this is my year. I can feel it! I’m already at 9 books and just about to finish 2 audiobooks (I think it should count….right?). These are also books I definitely recommend. But some stole my heart. If I’m not into a book by 50 – 75 pages, it’s gone. I’m not in school anymore, so reading is for pleasure only – if I don’t like, I’m finding something else. That’s also another reason I love my Kindle. I can download a sample and decide if I’m jiving with it or not, before I commit to purchasing it.
Ok, let’s get on to the list. I’ve included links to Amazon for each book. My reviews are not all encompassing because I don’t trust myself with not giving something away!
- Commonwealth by Ann Patchett: It is an easy read with an interesting twist. I wasn’t all that thrilled with how it ended though. If you’ve read it, let me know if you feel the same way.
- Beartown by Fredrik Backman: Buy this book. Buy “A Man Called Ove”. Then buy “Us Against You”. I do believe Backman is my favorite author of all time.
- Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty: Not my favorite book of hers, but it was still very good. “What Alice Forgot” still remains my favorite Liane Moriarty book.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: It’s a young adult novel, but such a good story and very sweet. It’s a story of good vs. evil. I still haven’t seen the movie, but Oprah, Reese, and Mindy Kaling star in it, so I’m definitely going to need to rent it.
- Shoe Dog by Phil Knight: It was hard not to appreciate the story of Phil starting Nike. I work at a relatively small company who is in a cutting edge and relatively new industry. Definitely a great read for any entrepreneurs.
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: This was a really interesting story that interwove the characters and made you empathize with each one. I highly recommend it.
- Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor: This isn’t a self help book but rather a memoir, yet, you’ll finish the book feeling like you have new tools for becoming a more resilient person. An easy read that is inspiring.
- North by Scott Jurek: Of all the books I’ve read this year, this might be my least favorite. At times Scott tended to be a little over the top in how he viewed his attempt for the FKT. But, if you love the AT, then it’s worth a read.
- All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin: This book will make you think. I also appreciated Emily’s characters and how they represented some of our present day societal issues. I read it in less than a week. Good summer read!
What’s next on my “To Read” list? I’m currently reading “Us Against You” by Frederik Backman. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book and it’s already living up to the hype. Other books I’m interested in are “Something in the Water” by Catherine Steadman, “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” by West Moore, and “Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance” by Ruth Emmie Lang.
Do you have a summer reading list or any books you’ve recently read and love? Please share!