Summer Reading for Adults

Last year I participated in the adult version of our local library’s summer reading club. The adult version is not as tricked -up as the kiddie version. There was not a cute little die-cut animal to put a sticker on every time I reached a reading goal. No one gave me a fuzzy key chain at the end for all my reading accomplishments.

Instead, there were door prizes.

Really, really good door prizes.

All adults had to do in order to participate in the summer reading program  was simply write down their name, phone number and the name of the book they read and enter it into a weekly drawing. Prizes consisted of gift cards to local establishments and restaurants.

The great thing about the adult reading club was that not too many adults participated. With the exception of me. Because of these fortunate odds, I won three door prizes last summer.

It was glorious.

I have high hopes of winning again this summer. I already have a stack of books I am currently reading,  want to read or plan to read. I will include a list at the bottom of this post.

Before I get to that list, I want to gingerly feel out a topic that is on every radio station, Facebook news feed and lips of women (and men) nation-wide.

That would be this book.

This trilogy is being gobbled up by readers everywhere. People are raving about how great it is, how they could not put it down, how you MUST read it. It is prominently displayed at every bookstore and retail store. People are reading it on planes, trains, buses and by the local pool.

Despite the content matter.

Unsure what it is about? Well, read the Amazon reviews (and note that most well-read individuals discuss that despite the nature of the content, it is poorly written. Says something about the intelligence level of our society, doesn’t it?) and you will figure it out.

This book is not on my nightstand. Nor do I have plans for it to be on my nightstand.

(And what parent leaves this book laying around when they have children who can read living under their roof?)

First we had Bella and her terribly co-dependent relationship with a vampire. Now we have Ana attempting to save Mr. Grey, while finding herself in some terribly “interesting” situations.

Are the founders of the women’s liberation movement literaly rolling over in their graves at the twaddle that America is calling literature these days?

(No offense to the Twilight fans. Or the 50 fans. And by the way….I gobbled up the Hunger Games trilogy in a week. And that is about children killing children for sport. I am just as guilty, friends.)


I really liked this post talking about this book and its cult following.


Are you reading this book? I always appreciate a difference of opinion. As for what I am reading this summer, here is a small list of what I hope to enjoy in my leisure time.


Another Place at the Table

The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The Memory Palace

American Passage: The History Of Ellis Island

Summerland (what can I say…I am a sucker for Elin Hilderbrand and Nantucket)


What are you reading this summer?



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5 thoughts on “Summer Reading for Adults”

  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn keeps coming up on my suggested readings on Goodreads. I’d loved to hear what you think. And I am definitely adding that Ellis Island book to my to-read. Love that kind of stuff! Have you read Half-Broke Horses or The Glass Castle? The Guernsey (?spelling) Potato Pie Society & These Is My Words are on my current list.

  2. I am reading the Mortal Instruments series. I have read City or Bones and the 2 following it. It is good.

  3. I admit I read some of 50 Shades, but I didn’t go into it fully informed. I saw a couple of friends on fb mention it and I had been looking for something new to read. So I went to Amazon and read the synopsis. It just sounded like a good romantic read to me, so I decided to download it. I clearly did not read the reviews. There were some early signs pointing to what the book would get into, but I kept thinking surely not and that the girl would change the boy and the book wouldn’t go there. I thought that if some of my friends were admitting on a public forum they were reading this, that SURELY it wasn’t THAT kind of book.

    And then it went there…and I put it down.

    I was talking about it with a friend of mine and she said put it like this: Would you want your husband watching the video version of what you’re reading? (Not adapted for screen – I mean actually watching what was playing out on the words of the page). I think most of us would say no. I’m glad I stopped reading it, and looking back at the Amazon synopsis now, I am smacking my forehead for not realizing what it was about (and for not reading the reviews).

    Other than that, the book was TERRIBLY written. Ugh.

    So now I have to find something new to read. Thanks for the suggestions…and warning others of 50 Shades.

  4. I would love for our library to have an adult reading club and door prizes. What a cool idea! I’ll have to suggest it.

    Here are some books I’m reading/plan to read:
    Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans

    Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

    Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How our children really learn–and why they need to play more and memorize less by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

    Toward a Composition Made Whole by Jody Shipka (one of many academic books on my list but that also might be interesting for anyone interested in expanding writing towards composing in other media)

    I hope you’ll post some reviews of some of the books you read.

  5. So, a little late to the convo, what did you think of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn? I read it in high school and I still chew on that story from time to time. I ended up buying it to reread.. sometime 🙂

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