Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer reading list.

For several years, I made a summer reading list. (I skipped last year.) My reading has been a little off lately, so I thought trying a list again this summer might motivate me to read more. With everything that's going on, I'm sure this list is much too optimistic, but I'm not expecting to actually finish all of these! So here's what I'm hoping to read between now and August or the beginning of September...


Raising Demons, by Shirley Jackson. Because I want to read everything by her, and I enjoyed her first memoir-ish book: Life Among the Savages.
How the Heather Looks, by Joan Bodger. This has been on my to-read list forever. It's travel memoir meets English children's literature...could anything be more perfect for me?
In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson. It's been a while since I read anything by Bill Bryson, and his Australian book seems appropriate for summer.
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, by Lucy Knisley. Hoping this one will encourage me to learn how to cook. :)

Children's Literature:

Going Solo, by Roald Dahl. Again, I've been meaning to read this forever. (It's also a memoir.)
The Titan's Curse, by Rick Riordan. Still working my way through this series, rather sporadically!
Raymie Nightingale, by Kate DiCamillo. I always love her books, and this one seems especially summer-ish. Also, the cover is adorable.
The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White. I love Charlotte's Web. I might have read this in elementary school, but I remember nothing about it. It's one I pulled off my shelf randomly to add to the list.


4:50 from Paddington, by Agatha Christie. Because a Miss Marple mystery is always a good idea! I've seen the TV version of this, but I don't remember too much about the plot or the mystery.
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. This book is huge and intimidating. I want to read it sometime this year, though I'm not sure I'll get to it this summer.
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, by Julie Klassen. It's been too long since I read some historical fiction.
Reflections on the Psalms, by C.S. Lewis. It's also been too long since I read some new-to-me C.S. Lewis! I found this brand-new at a library sale last year and would like to read it soon.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy, by Jenny Han. Now that the third and final book has been released, I'd really like to finish this trilogy. I read the first book several year ago, so I want to reread it before picking up the other two. (I don't have the third one yet...I don't want to buy it unless I really enjoy the second book so that's why it's not pictured.)

What are you planning on reading this summer?


  1. I really enjoyed Going Solo. I had just picked up based of a blogger's list and didn't know it was a memoir (its actually the second part, Boy is the first, but I didn't like that as well and I read it after Going Solo).

    1. I actually owned Going Solo before I even knew Boy was a thing. (And I primarily found that out because it's the book that Kathleen Kelly is reading from in You've Got Mail, ha!) I read Boy a couple of years ago and liked it, so I'm hoping to like this one too. I'm a big Roald Dahl fan.

  2. Looks like a great reading list! I've been wanting to read East of Eden and To All the Boys I've Loved Before too.

    1. I've heard good things about East of Eden (and I like the movie), so I hope I can get up enough nerve to tackle it! And I'm rereading To All the Boys I've Loved Before right's not perfect but it's really cute and charming.

  3. I shall put in a plug straightaway for East of Eden, it might be big but it is very good! I look forward to seeing what you think of the Bill Bryson as I haven't read that one. The Agatha Christie is good. I am planning on reading H is for Hawk this summer. I have never thought of drawing up a list of books to read. I shall give it some thought.

    1. I've heard nothing but good things about it! I enjoy Bill Bryson in general, though his attitude grates on my nerves after a while. :) If you're like me and highly motivated by checking things off a list, then making a to-read list can be very productive. :)


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