Summer Reads

In 2016 I made a goal/”resolution” to read at least 6 books by the end of the year. If you just said, “That’s it?” then we are not friends. I don’t not enjoy reading, it has just never been a fervent pastime of mine. That said, the school I was at had a lot of  built in “drop everything and read” or, many educators lovingly (or begrudgingly) know it, D.E.A.R.  Our school encouraged all adults to join in with the students, and I found that really important and enjoyable. You are modeling the expected behavior and it also was often a great way to re-focus and re-charge during the middle of the day. The only time this respite failed me was in the WWII romantic drama The Nightingale when I was holding back sobs and then the timer went off and we were right back into our debate on a topic concerning the Revolutionary War. Needless to say, the circumstances of my work life made my goal way too easy last year and I flew past my 6 books by February or early March.

Now that we’re 75% done with 2017, I’ve been consistently reading more and have been pretty intentional about it. It isn’t something I naturally have an urge to do, but I’m learning. This summer I’ve made a point to read about 50 pages every day if I’m not out and about or busy with other things. I’ve loved it. Here’s what I’ve read from about May – current day. My taste varies (maybe? maybe not.) and sometimes is a true shot in the dark. I’m linking each book to ‘Zon, but if you look to purchase I encourage you to pepper your cash around all forms of booksellers (and libraries).


Name of the Wind These first two books listed are part of a series (albeit unfinished). I’m sure it is trite and overused, but really it is adult Harry Potter. And Harry Potter is universal, but by adult I mean…mass murders, sex with fairies, etc. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Wise Man’s Fear The follow up to Name of the Wind. These books are long 800-1000 pages, but oh so good! Too bad the author isn’t as on his scheduling game as JK. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Into the Water I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train, which is by the same author Paula Hawkins, so I had high hopes for a dramatic thriller fueled by passion and deceit. Let’s just say we’re lucky this book didn’t end up getting thrown into the water. (Ba-ding-ching!) ⭐️ ⭐️

(Sidenote: On the way home from France I watched TGOTT movie and it was NOT good. I love Emily Blunt, but there was just too much of the boring stuff and not enough of the good stuff.)

Since We Fell First book I’ve read entirely in one sitting since…ever? I really don’t know the last time I read a book all at once. My reading of this book in its entirety had more to do with the fact I was on an airplane for 6 hours than its literary charm. That said, I did finish it and didn’t skip too many pages. It is the same genre as Into the Water, but better to read. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Little and Lion  This book was a shot in the dark. A few months ago I signed up for a book -of-the-month-club, appropriately titled Book of the Month, and it was one of its selections. There weren’t a lot of reviews on it since this club made it available before it was available everywhere books are sold. I bit on the bait and I still have a sore in my mouth. Again it wasn’t bad, it just felt like a young adult novel. And I like YA, but this really didn’t pull me in. One of those “It happened…” kind of books/events/experiences. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

A Man Called Ove I had this saved my Amazon account for a while I think probably due to its high rating and low price. I didn’t even realize it was already made into a movie. On Amazon’s Prime Day, they had a book deal going. You could spend $15 in books and get $10 off…or something to that effect. It was the perfect time to click the “move back to cart” option. I’m so glad I did. A curmudgeon down on life makes friends and makes me cry. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Currently: Lilac Girls A WWII friendship drama that I’m only about 1/3 of the way through. I paid full-price for this at my local bookstore. The only reason I brag about the full-price part is that I had it in my backpack with a water bottle I thought was empty. The water bottle was, indeed, not empty. So the book looks a bit like someone put it in the clothes dryer. One of those times where I wish I’d spent $9 vs $19, but oh well. My local independent bookstore bookmark, though, escaped unscathed.

Up next: Hunger by Roxane Gay and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward




2 thoughts on “Summer Reads

  1. I’ve become the worst at reading books. I still read a lot, just more WaPo and NYT. If it weren’t for book club, I’d probably only read 6 books a year too. I like your 50 pages a day goal. I also like the idea of not being up all night cramming for book club. 🙂 Oh! I never read new books but Hunger is on my list too!

  2. Brenda Versteeg says:

    I have got to get better about reading…..I would rather create my projects for now, but you inspire me to try to read more. Sounds like I can start with your list, and first…..finish a book I have started a 6 mos. ago. Love MOM

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