Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Reading List

Happy Summer friends! As you've probably figured out, we are pretty big on summer. Long days, adventures, ice cream -- basically all our favorite things.  We both have outrageously long reading lists and unread books and we thought it would be fun to make some summer reading goals and hopefully knock out some unread books in the process.  Plus, it is always fun to pack a book with you and pull it out on a boat in the middle of a lake. 

Heather's Summer Reading List:
1. Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid 
I'm a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid. Her books always leave me thinking and with lasting impressions I cannot shake. I bought this one a few months ago and really want to get into it. I think it might be my next read.

2. The Leaving by Taylor Altebrando 
A bunch of kindergartners disappear and then appear 11 years later as 16 year old. All except one of them. I love a good mystery and I like the premise of this book a lot. I can't wait to kick back in the sunshine with a good YA mystery.

3. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 
I've heard so many good things about this book! I loved Eat, Pray, Love by the author and I like that this one focuses on how to live a creative life. I feel like I have a lot of creative leanings that can get pushed aside so I can't wait to dive into this one.

4. Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins (and others!) 
Stephanie Perkins put together a similar anthology of winter/Christmas stories that I adore, so I am stoked to have a similar read by her and other authors I enjoy. I don't read many short story collections but I love me a good themed collection like this.

5. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson 
Morgan is on of the cutest authors who writes really adorable books. Her last one was focused on friendship and this one is one that I pre-ordered. Morgan is an automatic buy for me, so I can't wait to dip my feet in a pool and get my read on.

Jen's Summer Reading List:

1.  The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. 
This book/series has been on my list since I discovered the greatness of Jenny Han (P.S. I Love You).  It looks light and fluffy which is basically the perfect recipe for a good summer read and since I own the whole series, I'll probably just get lost for a weekend.

2.  A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston.
When I think about this book, I think about Aladdin and I love Aladdin so this book should be great, right?

3.  The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.
I listened to Alex in a joint panel at bookcon and she seemed super cool.  I didn't dig her book Passenger but I'm willing to be open minded about her other work.

4.  The Diviners by Libba Bray.
1920's, NYC, Occult--referenced to this being the next Harry Potter. Ok, you've officially won this heart over and I'll give it a try. Plus a ton of my goodreads friends has this one marked at 5 stars.

5.  A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.
A chick version of Sherlock Holmes? Sign me up. I think this has potential to be a great mystery series.

Do you have any summer reading plans? Hit us up in the comments! We would love to add to our never ending to be reading lists!

1 comment:

  1. I've been hearing a lot about Taylor Jenkins Reid's new book, One True Loves, and remember hearing lots of strong opinions about Forever, Interrupted. It's fun to check out backlist titles when you rediscover an author. I thought Big Magic was okay - I was a little skeptical, but it was inspiring for creative types. But I haven't checked out any of the YA you mention, Heather! Will look forward to your thoughts.

    Jen, I can say that you have a great summer reading list! I enjoyed all those, but especially A Thousand Nights. It was really different than anything else I've read as far as style, time period, and voice. I loved EK Johnston's latest book, Exit, Pursued by a Bear, too.

    Happy reading!

    Molly, Librarian Style