Summer Reading List – Update

Since the Summer’s over, I wanted to post an update of my Summer Reading List and the progress I made.  While I didn’t completely succeed, I still had fund and read some books I probably wouldn’t have if I hadn’t challenged myself to some Summer reading.  Here’s how I did:

Non-Fiction on a Topic I’m Interested In

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Finished. I read this and adored it.  Behind the scenes stories are always a big hit with me.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I started it but never finished.  It’s a big book that I’m taking slowly, but at this rate, I may never finish!  Not that it’s not good; it’s actually pretty fantastic.  I just got distracted by smaller reads (i.e. comics).

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Never started.  I pretty much forgot about this one.

Gulp by Mary Roach. Finished.  I loved the audiobook version of it.


Classics That I Never Got to in School

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  DNF’ed.  Maybe it wasn’t the right time for me, but I just was not feeling this book.  I have loved all other books I’ve tried by the Bronte sisters, though, and this one is a favorite of a close friend, so I may have to give it a try another day.

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.  Never started.  Back on the TBR pile.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.   I decided to wait on this one.  The Austentatious Book Club is reading this one in October and I decided to wait and try this book with them.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Finished.  I liked it.  It will never be on my favorites list, but I liked it.


Fiction Outside of My Comfort Zone

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante. This one fell by the wayside.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. Ditto.

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.  Finished.  So good I immediately went out and bought the sequel.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix. Finished.  It was the perfect plane ride book.  Not too serious, easily readable, interesting plot.


So not too bad!  I made progress in all my categories, at any rate!  In addition, I read A LOT of comics, and couple of chick lit books, and a couple more odds and ends.  It ended up being a pretty great summer of reading!


How was everyone else’s summer reading?

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!