Last night I sat down to try to figure out what the heck I am going to read this summer. You’re going to find only eight books on this list. There is the potential to read more than eight, but this list is realistic. Because I know there is a good chance I am going to find myself stuck in a Sackett book or one of the many Baldacci counterparts to the series I have already started.
To begin, do you ever catch yourself buying a book solely because the cover is so intriguing? Well, you could say that is pretty much the theme of this list.
Read This Summer!
Between now and August 31st, how many books are you going to read? Comment below and I’d love to keep tabs with you on how our summer reading lists are turning out. I’ve got these eight plus one or two more I’ve been meaning to read. Gotta keep that reading hustle.
Since We Fell
By Dennis Lehane.
Published: May 9, 2017
This is precisely what I meant earlier. I saw this book at my local Half Priced Books two weeks ago. Side note, who loves HPB as much as I do?!? Being a best seller and on the front display, this cover, although simple looking caught my eye enough to get me to read the inside book cover. And woah, it sounds a little more intense than I usually dip my toe into, but this summer is all about venturing out into deeper waters.
Per Goodreads, “Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.” Uhhhh, what the heck. This is actually the first of this list I am reading. As I previously mentioned, I had already purchased this book so ready or not, here I come!
By Philipp Meyer
Published: May 28, 2017
Like Since We Fell, I already had purchased The Son. It may not be as newly released as the rest of the books on this list, but a TV show based on the novel debuted this April on AMC. So naturally, I wanted to read the novel before I checked the series out. Perhaps a post will come later comparing the two?!?! Westerns, in general, usually find their way towards the top of my list, but beings I am completely unfamiliar with Philipp Meyer, I’m curious as to how I will feel.
However, finding out that it is a multi-generational saga has me further intrigued based on my love of The Lonesome Dove saga by Larry McMurtry and the book Hard Country by Michael McGarrity. I declined to read the full description on Goodreads as to not ruin my first impressions.
By Daniel Riley
Published: June 6, 2017
Talk about a cover! This gives me updated-vintage/retro vibes. Releasing just in time for summer. “A girl caught between her past and the ever-expanding present,” according to Goodreads. Who isn’t caught in that monkey-in-the-middle game? The funny thing is I either read books set back in the early to mid 19th century, or present day. Not really anything in between. However, Fly Me will change that. Being set in 1972 on the beaches of Los Angeles. Again, I’m refusing to read descriptions that are more than 5 sentences long. I just want the idea of the story, not who, what, when, where and why! They should better redact summaries that give too much away. Just saying.
Britt-Marie Was Here
By Fredrik Backman
Published: May 3, 2016
Awhile back, I read A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. A hard read, I’ll admit. But a book that was far more impactful than I could have imagined. Britt-Marie Was Here looks to be another book about someone misunderstood. “Hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes,” per Goodreads. This book may be a good change of gears compared to the others listed.
A Gentleman in Moscow
By Amor Towles
Published: September 6, 2016
Again a good cover is hard to argue with. A Gentleman in Moscow has actually been on my reading list for quite some time. I had purchased it through a sale on Audible. But I’m glad I held off until now.
Branded as absorbing, sophisticated fiction, I’m curious to see what that means exactly. This book promises to fuse humor with glittering characters, and detailed set all while defining what it means to be a man of purpose. Just what I need to know ;)
By Camille Perri
Published: May 3, 2016
This darn book kept popping up in my recommendations by Amazon. I guess between all of my recent research into books I wanted to include in this list, The Assistants ended up being a curated pick by the wizard behind Google and Amazon’s curtain. We all know their has to be one there.
I’m not sure how I will relate to this after reading the summary. “The Assistants speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules.” But I am going to hold back my reservation, because I wrongly misjudged Crimes Against a Book Club, and that turned out to be a pretty entertaining read. In short from what I have gathered off the back cover, the assistant is presented with an opportunity of sorts when she realizes a technical error on one of her bosses expense reports. I’m guessing her, but I bet she is going to struggle with whether to play by the rules and do the right thing, or take her chance and definitely bend the rules.
I’m cautiously interested.
By Henry Holt
Expected Publication Date: July 11, 2017
I have always loved a good lemon. The cover has me wanting a tall glass of freshly squeezed lemonade.
“Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life.” — Goodread
Goodbye, Vitamin was on many of the lists I researched before putting together my own list of books to read this summer. This was the only one I decided to keep out of all of their suggestions. Not because I think their lists were bad, but this is my own list and I wanted it to be fresh. That being said, this one from a debuting author intrigued me. Alzheimer’s, breakup, and cooking through life. I figure it’s worth a read. And I must know why it is titled Goodbye, Vitamin! Who knows maybe I’ll find a great new author to keep up with!
Make Your Bed
By William H. McRaven
Published: April 4, 2017
Wall Street Journal says this book “should be read by ever leader in America” and Forbes left it at “superb, smart, and succinct.” This book is based on Admiral William H. McRaven’s commencement speech from 2014 at the University in Austin, Texas. His speech garnered over 10,000,000 views on YouTube.
His message: if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
Making the bed was always preached while growing up. But I’ve got to give recognition to my parents, they practiced what they preached. To this day, I can hardly remember not seeing their bed neatly made. And since I think they are pretty awesome, I decided I needed to know more. I have a feeling this book will remain on the nightstand to read a bit before bedtime and a bit in the mornings. I may be wrong, but I will surely let you know one way or another.
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