My Summer Reading List

summer book list 2016

I’m definitely a slow reader, and definitely over ambitious every time I make a reading list, but that doesn’t stop me from making them. I tend to think that I get more reading done with a list than I would without. Summer is one of my favorite times to get some good reading done, and now that I’m graduated, it’s so great to be able to read for the sake of reading instead of for classes. I have eight books I’d like to get through this summer, and a few of them are already in process!

IMG_1829The Last Tycoon, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m about halfway through this unfinished book by Fitzgerald, who is one of my favorite authors. I was pretty much obsessed with The Great Gatsby when I was younger, and I love his writing style. When Amazon introduced the pilot episode to a potential series based on this work, I was intrigued and dug it out of my collection. The book is set in 1930s Hollywood, and takes you into that world, where Fitzgerald spent the last years of his life. I’ve never read anything like it, and I’m loving it so far!

Quiet, by Susan Cain

This is another one I’m in the middle of, and it’s wonderful so far! Cain addresses the science and history of introversion versus extroversion, and how introverts can effectively utilize their introversion for positive outcomes. I think it’s a must read for introverts!

The Prestige, by Christopher Priest

I absolutely love the Christopher Nolan film version of this book, and the book is even more interesting! The Prestige follows the lives of two rival magicians in Victorian era England through their journal entries. I’m loving this one so far.

Death Comes to Pemberly, by P. D. James

A murder mystery set in the Pride and Prejudice world? Yes please! I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while and am excited to finally read it!

The Four Loves, by C. S. Lewis

This book is a classic, and actually one of my favorites. I first read it in high school and think it’s high-time I reread it. Lewis breaks apart the four different kinds of human love, and the philosophy and ideas surrounding each.

Girl Boss, by Sofia Amoruso

This is one of those books it seems like every blogger or business owner has read, and I have to confess I want to see what the hype is all about! The book follows Amoruso’s journey to becoming a CEO.

Why Not Me?, by Mindy Kahling

I love Mindy Kahling, I mean, for real, the girl is hilarious. I read her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? last year, and it was such a fun, light, and interesting read. I’m excited to check out her second book!
I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Malala Yousafzai writes of her experience being shot by the Taliban on her way home from school in 2009 and her fight for education. She is the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and I can’t wait to read what she has to say!

What’s on your summer reading list? I’d love to hear!

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5 thoughts on “My Summer Reading List

  1. Excellent choices! I am obsessed with anything F. Scott Fitzgerald. I wish I was reading more this summer, but owing to my English Literature degree, as soon as the holidays roll around, I’m ready to take a break from the books!
    Lovely blog x

  2. Ok, all of these sound GREAT! I actually have the book “Death Comes To Pemberly” and need to read it but FYI it is also a mini series (pretty sure its on Netflix) and is soooo good. “Quiet” also sounds intriguing and I definitely REALLY want to read “Girl Boss” so badly. I think having a list would help me as I am always wanting to read a number of books in the summer but never do. Thanks for sharing all of these.
    -Madison
    http://www.minniemuseblog.com

  3. Great list! I haven’t read any of these but a few of them are on my own list for someday as well. I’m starting a self-induced challenge where I only read books that I own… because it’s getting out of hand! haha 🙂 I didn’t hear the best things about Death Comes to Pemberly the book, but have heard good things about the movie. Of course no one’s opinion is final and faultless. I want to read more Fitzgerald! I love his books. 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    1. I’m really curious about Death Comes to Pemberley because I keep hearing mixed reviews! Someone told me it was way better than the movie, and then someone told me the movie was better! I need to start it soon and see what I think! Thanks as always for your lovely comments, Alexandra! 🙂
      -Lauren

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