Summer Reads

Summer Reading

Summer reading. The dreaded words in middle and high school but a sweet sound to the ears as an “adult.” Anyone else feel that way?

It’s not always easy to make time to read for fun, but if you’re not in school and work a regular job, it’s a little easier to pick up a book before bed or on the weekends, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Having a Kindle has helped me up my reading too– a must-have for the frequent traveler or anyone with a lengthy commute! I’ve personally found that I fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly when I read before bed, plus reading more = expanding your scope of knowledge. And who doesn’t want to do that? (Side note: I have the Merriam Webster app on my phone to look up any new-to-me words/the Kindle does this for you!)

I personally like to alternate between fiction and non-fiction… I’m currently reading both 41: A Portrait of My Father and The Royal We (I don’t generally read two books at once… not sure how this happened) and both are nice and light, with the former being a little more historically significant, as you’d imagine. As for what’s next…I’ve had a copy of Water for Elephants for over a year and haven’t picked it up, keep hearing great things about The Girl on the Train, and am looking forward to more presidential memoirs and recounts. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and The Paris Wife were two of my favorite books in 2014… check them out if you haven’t already :)

Summer Reading

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing– This book is all the rage (in a good way) and has inspired so many people to declutter their belongings. I’m decent at removing clutter but could use a deep clean…hopefully this book helps!

The Royal We– A fictional must-read if you can’t get enough of the Royal Family. *raises hand*

The Paris Wife– Everyone seems to have read it in the last couple of years but it lives up to the hype… a taste of Hemingway with a twist.

The Girl on the Train– Can’t wait to check this one out… apparently it’s also really good to listen to on tape!

41: A Portrait of My Father– A quick read and really thoughtful, regardless of where you stand politically.

Water for Elephants– Had the book forever and need to pick it up! Heard it’s a goodie… anyone read it?

Where’d You Go, Bernandette?– This seemed to be last summer’s beach read and I think it’s wonderful.

Reagan: The Life– Next up in my presidential book kick.

So what about you? Are you much of a reader and if so, how do you fit it in to your busy schedule? Any other books you recommend we check out?!


Photo by Monica Dutia


  1. 1

    Read Water for Elephants!! It’s been a while, but I remember it was a page-turner. I liked it more than the movie!!

  2. 3

    I’m also reading two books at once, and both are coming to a finish pretty quickly. I’ve read a few of the ones you mentioned here, Water for Elephants is good, Where’d You Go Bernadette is a really fun read, and I didn’t love Girl on the Train (felt like a less well written Gone Girl). I loved the Paris Wife – Zelda was also really good, another historical fiction novel about Fitzgerald’s wife. Thanks for sharing your picks!

    • 4

      Interesting about Girl on the Train! I haven’t read Gone Girl but the movie was pretty good. Agreed about the Paris Wife, too! Thanks for your thoughts :)

  3. 5

    Currently reading Where’d You Go Bernadette and it is so weird but so good! Learning a lot about Seattle and what it’s like to have a huge Microsoft shuttle there, haha

  4. 7

    I just finished the royal we. It was a fun, easy book to kick off summer. Next up is I take you followed by the boys in the boat.

  5. 9

    I am going to have to check a few of these out! I am always looking for some new summer reads. Awesome picture, too!

    xo katie // a touch of teal


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