Summer Reading List

It’s already July & summer is in full swing. I have always tried to make a habit of spending more time outdoors & getting lost in a book. This summer has been no exception, and while I haven’t finished as many books as I would have liked, I wanted to share my list of books I plan to read this summer!

When I lived in Chicago, I was a part of a “book club” – I put it in quotes, because not everyone read the books (myself included) and it was really just a time to get together, have some food & wine, and catch up! I definitely think I need to bring the “book club” to PA!


1. Maine – This is the first novel I’m reading by J. Courtney Sullivan, and I must admit it was a great find! Kyle & I are headed to Maine for Labor Day, and I wanted to read something that would get me excited about our upcoming trip. “Maine” is doing just that – and I love her character development as we are seeing life through three generations of Kelleher women.

2. The Vacationers – Any book about people vacationing is setup to be a great summer book.

3. The Silkworm – The sequel to “The Cuckoo’s Calling”, this murder mystery by J.K. Rowling (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) brings back private detective, Cormoran Strike to find out what really happened to Owen Quine…

4. Unbroken – From the author of “Seabiscuit”, Laura Hillenbrand has written a World War II story, centered around running (my high school/college sport), Olympics, war, and survival. It’s not a very “light, beachy read”, but a book I know I need to read!

5. The Signature of All Things – “Eat, Pray, Love” was one of my favorite books, and I was a little disappointed in the movie adaptation (despite LOVING Julia Roberts), so I’m really excited Elizabeth Gilbert has a new novel! I’m not the biggest fan of  books written about the 18th & 19th century, but I trust my girl Liz, and am optimistic it’ll be as good as “Eat, Pray, Love”. And, if you haven’t heard her TED Talk, you’ll trust me for trusting her…

6. Paper Towns – I’m obsessed with John Green. I’ve read “The Fault in our Stars” & “An Abundance of Katherines“, so now it’s time I move on to “Paper Towns”.

7. The Matchmaker – I am currently reading two books, this & “Maine”. I absolutely love Elin Hildebrand, and believe she is hands down one of the best “summer beach reads” authors. Most of her novels take place on or around Nantucket, and you can’t help but get sucked into the beach life & drama of all the locals!

8.  The Lowland – I won’t be able to do the book description justice, so here it is straight from Amazon: “From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.” I bet it’s on your summer book list now, too!

9. And the Mountains Echoed – I loved “The Kite Runner”, and my sister-in-law loved the book, so I’ve added it to my summer reading list! I’m sure it’s very heavy, so I’ll probably save it for a “transition to fall” book!

10…I need your help! What are you reading this summer??

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  • “And the Mountains Echoed”: I didn’t think it was as heart wrenching as “The Kite Runner” (still had its moments though!!) … and add (if you haven’t read already 😉 “Gone Girl”, “The Book Thief” and “Wild” to your list!

    • I’ve read “Gone Girl” but heard there is another one by her, “Sharp Objects” that I need to read! And yes, I hear “The Book Thief” & “Wild” are great – so I will add them to my list!!