When I was younger, I did the bulk of my reading during the summer. I was one of those nerdy kids who enjoyed a good balance between going out to play with my friends and having my head in a book. I loved the fact that I could go on long road trip and read without getting a headache, like so many of my friends always did. Even though I no longer have a summer proper break (#adultprobs), summer is still my favorite time to dive into new books. I’ve already listened to and read four books this past month, including This is What Happy Looks Like and Wildflower, and now that I’m on a roll, I can’t stop myself. These are a few books I’m hoping to read this season:
ANNA KARENINA by LEO TOLSTOY
My roommate, Jessica, is a fan of the classics, and we share a love of the book Frankenstein. One day, she was talking about Anna Karenina, and the way she described Anna made me feel like she was a character that I could relate to. I finally took the plunge and downloaded the audio book from my library. I’ve been listening to it for two days, and I’m barely 10% through. The book itself is nearly 1000 pages, and the audio book is nearly a day and a half long, about 36 hours. I haven’t gotten into the meat of the novel yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing what has made this book loved by so many.
THE DIAMOND AGE: OR, A YOUNG LADY’S ILLUSTRATED PRIMER by NEAL STEPHENSON
This book was mentioned to me by a friend, and I was intrigued by the way he described it. I’m only about fifteen pages in, but I’m already fascinated by the futuristic world that Neal Stephenson has created. The description of the book doesn’t really tell you much, but apparently it touches on several different themes, so I’m interested to see what my takeaway from the novel will be.
THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by LESLYE WALTON
I bought this book after meeting the adorable author, Leslye Walton, at the Texas Teen Book Festival. One of my blog friends, Valerie, was going to go to the festival too, and she decided to read some of the books that were to be featured at the festival. She didn’t end up going, but she did read this book, and her review made me want to read it. Sadly, it’s been sitting on my shelf taunting me. I’m hoping to spend some quality time with Ava this summer.
STOLEN INNOCENCE by ELISSA WALL
I don’t know why I’m so attracted to heartbreaking stories like this, but after reading A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard and the fictional novel, Room by Emma Donoghue, I can’t stop. It makes me so sad that innocent people had to suffer such horrible fates, and I can’t help but want to read the stories that they so deservingly get the opportunity to share. Elissa Wall was forced to marry her cousin at just fourteen-years-old while growing up in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. This book was her opportunity to tell her side of the story and how she emerged from the harsh realities of this community. I’ll be sure to get my tissues ready.
SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by MORGAN MATSON
I bought this book with a gift card that my dad gave me for Christmas this past year. It had been recommended to me by Goodreads awhile back, and I was immediately drawn to both the title of the book (hello, Kelly Clarkson) and the cover. The book is about a former recluse named Emily who was pulled out of her shell by her friend, Sloane. One summer, Sloane disappears, leaving several tasks for Emily to complete. That’s about all I’ve gotten from the book description, and it was cryptic enough to leave me intrigued.
ASHES TO ASHES by JENNY HAN AND SIOBHAN VIVIAN
I’m ashamed to say that I have yet to finish the last book in the Burn For Burn trilogy. I recently bought it at a used bookstore for just $5, and it’s just been collecting dust on my shelf. At this point, I’m thinking I’ll need to reread the first two books in the series to refresh my memory on what happened. I do remember that I had a super “ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!” moment at the end of the last book.
THE KITE RUNNER by KHALED HOSSEINI
I know this book was required reading for many, but I was an exception to that. A few weeks ago, a had some friends over, and while they were perusing my bookshelf, one of them noticed that I had The Kite Runner. Both of them had read it and suggested that I get to reading it ASAP. I plan on taking their advice this season.
What books are on your summer reading list?