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Summer Reading List

Who starts a new book at midnight on a Friday night?
This girl.
(It helps that my kids are at Camp Nonna for a few days and I have been enjoying not having to wake up at the crack of dawn).

Katie recommended this book (and series) to me a few months back and I finally am getting around to it. So far so good! It’s young, it’s fantasy, and it’s got great reviews. I’m ready to dig in as soon as I’m done writing this post.

I just finished up a quickie read, Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green. It was a good read, a story full of family drama and relationships. I always like Jane Green books, and if you like Jodi Picoult you will probably enjoy this book as well.

Before that I read the Shades of Grey Trilogy (whoa. My thoughts? 1st book was shocking, loved the 2nd, and the 3rd I was ready for it to end. Anyone else?) and one of my all time favorite reads…The Paris Wife. I read my last page of The Paris Wife real late one night and found myself not wanting to let go. I spent a good amount of time perusing the internet into the wee hours of the morning wanting more on Hadley Richardson (Ernest Hemingway’s first wife – the main character) and am also now very intrigued with reading some of Hemingway’s books that I may or may not have read in high school unwillingly. Stay tuned on that…

As always, I can’t help but have a little non-fiction on the side. I haven’t dug into these as much as I’d like to lately, though I have read a chunk of Parenting with Love and Logic and love it so far. I’ve found myself starting to train my parenting ways based on what I’ve learned. Good stuff.

Here’s what a few friends are reading in case you need any recs…

Shaina loved Divergent and just finished Insurgent…I just put the first one in my queue at the library. She says “better than the Hunger Games”….

Marly just finished The Help and is reading Bridget Jones Diary.

Sommer just started Outlander.


Some non-fiction reading recs:

Sandy is reading Your Daughter Needs a Hero by Maria Furlough (I will be reading this one!)

Jenna is reading Grace for the Good Girl.

Kim is reading Made To Crave and started a Summer Book Club on it.

Marly also just finished End of Illness by David Agus


So, what are you all reading so far this summer? Any good ones?



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23 comments on “Summer Reading List”

  1. I love this post, Aggie! It’s so much fun to see what my friends are reading and get ideas for new books to check out at the library. I haven’t been reading as much as I want for a *long* time and am trying to change that. I love to read before bed and late into the night as well. I’ll be putting some of these books on my Goodreads “To Read” list!

    • that’s my favorite time to read – before bed. I’m also getting in habit of taking book along with me, and just reading for a few moments during the day. Keeps me off line and wasting time on Pinterest, lol.

  2. LOVE the Study and Glass series!

    I just finished Divergent and I actually thought The Hunger Games was better…and I didn’t much like that book either. LOL I was kind of bored reading Divergent while The Hunger Games kept my attention.

    I just finished Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult!

  3. I am literally aching for the last installment of the Outlander series. This is why I can’t start Divergent…I need to read WHOLE series at a time lol! I finished the 7 (or 8?) Outlander books in about 3 months and I can not wait for the last one!!! Just a warning- the first book is slow to start. Keep trucking on until she travels back in time. It is a whirlwind read from there ๐Ÿ™‚ I just added Poison Study to my Good Reads to-read list. Right now I’m reading Grace For the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life. I feel like it was written just for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I’m like that with series too…I didn’t realize that book was even a series!! That’s a commitment ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m totally picking up Grace for the Good Girl, I think its right up my ally as well. Hope you and the fam are well Katrina!

  4. Love this post, thanks for the suggestions. I did the same thing after I finished The Paris Wife. Totally agree with you regarding 50 Shades…I only read the first and last books as I thought…enough is enough, but I had to see how it ended. I just ordered Gone Girl as it got some very good reviews and Yes Chef by Marcus Samuellson (who I like from the Food Network.) I also have Defending Jacob on my summer reading list. So many books, so little keeping up with my child’s summer reading as we usually read the books together and have a mini book club.

    • I had to see how it ended too. The first 2 were enough for me, I was happy to finally move on, lol.

      Thanks for sharing what’s on your list! Will keep my eye out for them. Love the idea of a mini book club with your child! Fun!

  5. It’s so great to see what others are reading. Thanks for sharing this list!

  6. Thanks for the suggestions! 50 Shades bored me to tears…didn’t even read the 3rd…I was so over it by the middle of the 2nd book. I just finished reading “Elizabeth Street” & it was one of the best books I’ve read in a LONG time! If you haven’t read “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom…you must! SO GOOD!!!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your reading list! I am known to download or check out a ton of books and then never start reading them. Thanks for the push!

    • I tend to be a book collector at times too, lol. I do it with non fiction mostly, hopes in starting and they just sit. I really enjoy fiction so those are the ones I dig into first. I think once you start you get into the habit of always needing something to read. Hope you had a nice weekend Robyn! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Lately I’ve been reading books before my daughter does (just to make sure they are OK for her). Her favorite genre of reading is post-apocalyptic, science fiction, action, adventure novels. A series I just finished is Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. There are 3 books and the series is done.

    • I feel like that will be happening in my home too eventually with my son really getting into reading. Thank you for the series suggestion, will check it out!

  9. I love hearing about what other people are reading! The Paris Wife is on my list and now I can’t wait to read it! I’m currently reading Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan, it’s good so far.

    • Hi, I just finished Commencement and thought it was good. Have you read Maine by the same author? A friend recommended it and it was very good. I really like her writing style.

  10. In response to your interest in NF books and what we are reading…my kids are in their teens now but my bible when they were young was “Kids are Worth It” by Barbara Coloroso. Check it out….I have recommended it to many mom friends:)

  11. Aggie, I love your list…. You inspire me to read {a series lack right now for me}. Thanks for the list to check out. And thanks for including my Summer Book Club as a shout~out! ๐Ÿ™‚ {hugs}

  12. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter! I giggled when my friend suggested to me but I loved it! Read it in 3 days ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I LOVE to read!! I just finished The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball. Kristin blogs at & her book is about how she was a journalist living in Manhattan, interviewed a farmer living in Pennsylvania, marries him & then they start their own farm in upstate New York. I also just finished Bloom by Kelle Hampton. Kelle blogs at & her book is about how she unsuspectingly gave birth to her 2nd daughter Nella only to discover she has downsyndrome. GREAT book!! On the Christian side, I HIGHLY recommend ANY book written by Cherie Hill. I’m also doing the Made to Crave book club with Kim ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Have you read The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb yet? I think you’d love it!

  15. Love that I stumbled across this post a week before my girls beach weekend! I”ll have to check some of these out. Slowly making my way thru 50 Shades right now, whoa.

  16. I love this post (can you tell I’m crazy behind on my google reader??)!! I’ve got to add all of these books to my list. I felt almost the exact same way about the 50 Shades trilogy, especially about the third one. I read it just to finish it, but I was pretty much over it by about a third of the way into that one.