summer reading list

Remember those?! I always loved getting the summer reading list for school when I was younger. I was probably the only one, but I was just excited to spend the summer lost in some really good books! I can probably attest this to my mom. One summer when I was little she challenged me to read 100 books in exchange for an American Girl Doll. I did it, and I’ve loved reading ever since. It’s one of my favorite things she did for me as a mother. Plus, all the Harry Potter books always came out in the summer. So it just seems like the best season ever for reading.

This summer I’ve made it a goal for myself to read as much as possible. Especially since I get to spend so much time in the northern woods of Wisconsin, where I can read in the hammock, on the lake, or by a warm fire. Here’s a list of what’s waiting on my nook this summer. It doesn’t include all 7 of the Harry Potter books, but that should be a given at this point ;).

What I'm Reading

1. The Happiness Project: I’ve heard awesome things about this. Basically a woman spends an entire year working on her “happiness project” and chronicles the whole thing. This summer is all about soul searching for me, and trying to determine what I want in life that will make me really happy. This books seems like the perfect read at a time like this.

2. The Paris Wife: I’m already almost done with it. I love it. It’s a fictional memoir of Hadley Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, as they fall in love and he writes the novel The Sun Also Rises. It’s full of facts about their lives, but what makes it unique is the believable emotional accounts that the author creates. And what makes it really awesome are moments like when the Hemingway’s meet F. Scott Fitzgerald, who mentions he just wrote a small novel called The Great Gatsby, but he doesn’t know if it will amount to anything (!!!). It makes you feel like you’ve jumped into history. If you love the 1920’s, and the “Lost Generation” writers, read this.

3. The Invention of Wings: I literally know nothing about this book, except for that it’s set in Charleston during the time of slavery. And that it’s written by Sue Monk Kidd, the author of The Secret Life of Bees. I thought TSLB was amazing, so I have high hopes for this one.

4. All The Light We Cannot See: This was a New York Times best seller, and I’ve heard great things. It’s set in WWII, and follows a blind French girl and a young German boy as their paths collide.

5. Paper Towns: John Green is a genius. Looking for Alaska and The Fault In Our Stars were amazing. He’s a Harry Potter nerd, says/writes some of the most profoundly true things I’ve ever heard/read, and basically has a beautiful soul. I like him. I don’t know anything about this book, but I’d be willing to bet it’s going to be a good one based on the author alone.

6. The Art of Racing in The Rain: I’ve seen mixed reviews of this. Some really, really good and some not so good. It’s the story of a family’s life from the perspective of the family dog. I think it could be really funny and sweet! I’m just hoping it’s not another Marley & Me situation. My heart won’t be able to take it.

p.s Happy belated Father’s Day to all the papas! My dad rocks and I was really sad I couldn’t be with him, but I sent him a Starbucks gift card so I’m hoping all is forgiven.