On My Bookshelf: Summer Reading List

summer reads 2014

summer reads 2014
I can’t believe summer is upon us! Today is the last day of school, and I’ve got lofty plans to do all sorts of things this summer. Bet you can’t guess what my number one is?

Read lots of books!

Okay, so that wasn’t terribly hard to figure out.

I’ve always loved visiting the library, but something about summertime conjures up images of Book-It stickers and stacks of book threatening to tumble off the table because they’re stacked so high. With all sorts of spare time on my hands, I can’t think of any better way to spend it than getting lost in a book – any kind at all! Quick, fluffy reads; adventures; mysteries to play along with; sentimental beach reads; you name it, I’ll read it!

There are probably tons more books I could add to this list, but here are some I’m particularly looking forward to cracking open this summer:

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton // Summer is my time to indulge in a good many things, especially historical fiction (as well as mysteries and other things), and what better way to immerse oneself than in a world rich with historical detail and creepily detailed miniatures of real-life things?

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion // Something about socially awkward scientists trying to find true love resonates with me.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt // Mysteries and summer just go well together, and this is another book that I’m almost so sickened by seeing its cover on bookstands everywhere that I want to read it and put it out of my mind. Hopefully, that’s a good put it out of my mind.

Austenland by Shannon Hale // I won a copy of the book and movie a while back, and while I’ve watched the film, I have yet to tackle the book! It seems like just the right amount of fluffy, escapist chick-lit to kick off summer.

The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab // I bought the first book in the series on a whim thanks to a review on Forever Young Adult (I believe) and a flash sale on Amazon and was not disappointed. I’m hoping the series continues to be as good as the first book!

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer // A summer-sort of bildungsroman? Okay! I’m feeling this lately.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton // Put the words “tragic” and “exquisite” in a review, and I’m fifteen times more likely to buy/read it. And magical realism. Sold.

Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff // Geeky love story, take two.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman // I checked this out of library a few months ago with every intention of reading it, but a combination of not enough  time and a wait list caused me to return it prematurely. Here’s to round two! Plus, someone once said the words, “Adult Harry Potter” to me and I’ve been intrigued ever since.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell // After Attachments, I need more Rainbow Rowell in my life, period. I almost don’t even care what this is about, because I know it will be beautifully written.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz // Friendship! Summer! Shiny reviews that make me think that I will really enjoy this tale of two, well, friends. Loners turned lifelong friends, that is. Or so Goodreads tells me.

Romance is My Day Job by Patience Bloom // Bring on more fluff! Summer seems the be the time when I indulge in light, “chick-lit” reads (but usually, I find it entertaining to enjoy the bad humour of Harlequin romance novel titles – try it sometime; it won’t disappoint!), and this memoir seems to fit the bill. Really, I’m just looking for a bit of light summer fun.

Sidenote: Does Book-It still exist even more? Wouldn’t it be cool to have a blogger summer Book-It competition, complete with pizza party for the winners? How does one have a digital pizza party? Why can’t all bloggers be real-life neighbors so this can happen!?

What’s on your summer reading list?
  • I can’t wait to see what you say about Austenland! It is one of those books that I just couldn’t put down.

  • I can’t wait to see what you say about Austenland! It is one of those books that I just couldn’t put down.