It’s that time of year again! Summer reading is upon us.
This has been the craziest season of my life so far with finals, graduation, and vacation, but I’m back and ready to read.
I’m really enjoying this post-grad life where I can catch up on my TBR list as I job hunt and contemplate grad school.
I can think of at least a million things I want to read this summer, but here are my top picks that I’ll be digging into for the next few weeks:
1. A Court of Wings and Ruin
This is the final installment in the ACOTAR trilogy, and I have been bristling to finish it since January when I first picked it up.
I’m usually not a huge fan of young adult, but I think this series turned out to be a great read for different reasons. It contains action, romance, twists and turns, and a strong female main character (something typically missing in this genre). This series is refreshing in so many ways!
2. The Chalk Man
I can never pass up the opportunity to read a good thriller. This book has been recommended to me by both friends and Goodreads, and I’ve actually already finished it on Audible.
It follows Ed Adams and the narration is split between his childhood growing up in the 80’s where he and his friends are led to a body by “chalk men” drawings, and the present in which he still struggles with these events and is quite literally haunted by them when they begin to reoccur.
This is one of the better thriller/mystery novels I have read in a while, and I really recommend it as a summer read if being creeped out/ in suspense is your jam.
3. I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Shelved under Horror and Thriller in Goodreads, this is another read that comes highly recommended. According to the Goodreads description it is about a man and his girlfriend who are on their way to a secluded farm when they have to make a detour and she becomes stranded at an abandoned school.
Creepy? We’ll see.
4. The Shining
I have been trying to read this book since March but have been unable to find the time until now.
I have never watched the movie and know nothing about it save for the half I have read so far and a few internet memes with Jack Nicholson’s face peering through a busted door.
I don’t scare very easily but what I have read of this book made me turn all of the lights on in my apartment.
It is the most popular Horror book on Goodreads with an average rating of 4.18. I’m excited to finish this and join the rest of the population who has watched the movie.
5. Big Magic
This book is supposed to be all about living creatively and passionately, and how to pursue your dreams and creative process without fear.
Goodreads describes it as “[discussing] the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us”
6. Dark Places
Gillian Flynn might be my favorite author, as both of her books Gone Girl and Sharp Objects are two of the best thrillers I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
(See my post on some of my favorite thrillers here)
I have had this book on my shelf for 4 years, so I am ready to dig into it. According to Goodreads, this book is told from the perspective of Libby Day, survivor of a brutal massacre perpetrated by her own brother, who murdered both her sisters and mother.
As an adult, Libby is solicited by a secret society obsessed with her brother and hell-bent on proving his innocence. In aiding this society (for a fee) she finds herself stirring up the past, and possibly the real killer.
7. I Know How She Does It
I don’t know if I have mentioned it before, but I am really interested in organization, planning, and time managment.
Therefore, when I discovered this book while listening to Anne Bogel’s podcast “What Should I Read Next” I was really excited. On this particular episode Laura Vanderkam was a guest talking about how successful women manage their time.
She contends that it is possible for women to “have it all” and brings hard data from successful women who make over $100,000 and how they spend the 168 hours in the week. According to the data collected, these women exercised, spent time with their children and spouses, had hobbies, and got enough sleep.
I can’t wait to actually read this book and see how she busts the myth that women must pick between career, family, and hobbies!
8. Reading People
Another thing that really fascinates me is astrology, personality types, etc ( anything that explains my behavior) 😉
This book is by Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy. I mention her blog and podcast endlessy (see above), so it’s no surprise I am excited to read her book.
Bogel investigates what the different personality types (according to Myers-Briggs and others) mean to our lives in terms of marriage, productivity, and career.
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Have you read any of these books? What is on your summer reading list? Do you have any suggestions I should add to my list?