Summer Reading List

It’s been a while hasn’t it? I’m sorry for just disappearing like that; life just kind of got in the way. But the beginning of the summer rush of activities is over, I’ve returned from a fabulous vacation, and I’m ready to get some reading done!

As everyone is probably already aware, Monday the 20th was the official first day of summer. With summer comes the required reading tables at the bookstore that display what all the local schools are requiring of their students. Every year I become nostalgic for school and summer and summer reading (especially since there are some great books on those tables!). I became inspired to create my own sort of “required” reading list for the summer. I’ve filled the list with books that are challenging and take me out of my comfort zone. Books that I’ve been wanting to read but something has been holding me back. I created this list and decided to start it on Monday, the official start of summer, so I’ve got until September 22, which is the first day of fall to complete my goals. 

I’ve got three sort of categories, and my goal is to read three books from each category. Here’s my list:
Non-Fiction on a Topic I’m Interested In

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I’ve joined in on the Hamilton craze and this is just the next step. 

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I’ve started binging on all things Hamilton and the biography that inspired it sounds really great!

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. A subject I’m really insterested in, but I’ve been hesitant to start the book because it’s so massive. 

Gulp by Mary Roach. Roach has some awesome books and I just got the audiobook. 

Classics That I Never Got to in School

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. 

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. 

Fiction Outside of My Comfort Zone

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante. I’ve read the first and I don’t think it’s exactly for me, but I need to give it another try. 

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. I got this as my first Book of the Month Club book so I need to give it a try!

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart. I’ve got a buddy read going with this book with a friend of mine. I always think about picking it up, but she’s picked it for us to read and is pushing me to get on with it!

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix. I’ve been attracted to this book basically since it came out. 
While my goal is to get through my summer reading list, that doesn’t mean I won’t be reading anything else. I have plans to reread a little Harry Potter and the script of the play when it is released, and I’m sure other books will pop up that I just can’t resist. My goal with my summer reading is just to try books I wouldn’t normally read and enjoy my reading time. 
Anyone else have a similar goal? What are your summer reading plans?

I’m not planning on taking any more breaks from this blog, so expect to hear from me again soon. I’ve got plans!