Something you need to know about me is that I love a good summer reading program. My kids are signed up at various programs all around our fair suburb. This is not because they need encouragement to read or because I am attempting to keep them entertained (okay…I totally am attempting to keep them entertained.) but because along with summer reading programs come summer reading program incentives. In most cases, this means coupons for free kids meals and activities (and the occasional sticky hand and random temporary tattoo).
My kids can totally read for ten hours a week if it means they can dine free at local restaurants. Just last week, I took them to a local trampoline place for FREE with incentive coupons they had earned in a reading program. They burned off excess energy and I got some work done.
That, dear reader, is a win/win situation.
Unfortunately, very few of these reading programs have an adult version. However, our local library does have a separate program for adults that involves a weekly drawing for local gift cards. One of the first summers they did this, I racked up some major prizes.
Including a notepad that said “I like big books.”
I know you are all terribly jealous of that one.
I won so frequently that year probably because I was one out of about 10 book nerds who were actually participating in the program.
These days the adult summer reading program is quite popular and people keep beating me out for those shiny plastic gift cards and notepads alluding to random songs from the 90’s.
As I attempt to read my way through the library this summer, in hopes of having more enteries into the drawing, I thought I would share some great summer reads with all of you in case you were needing some new titles to check out in the upcoming months.
The Nightingale. I love me some Kristen Hannah. In fact, the very first book of hers that I read touched me so much I immediately mailed it to one of my dearest friends with the disclaimer of “You must read this!” The Nightingale is the story of two French sisters during World War II. It was excellent and I made my entire family leave me alone for an entire Sunday afternoon while I finished this book.
The Girl on the Train. Everyone says “If you love Gone Girl, you will love The Girl on the Train.” I guess you could make such a statement, but you could also say, “If you love Pepper Jack Cheese, you will also love peanut butter sandwiches.” Both “The Girl on the Train” and “Gone Girl” are books with suspense. The similarities ended there for me. “The Girl on the Train” is good (not Gone Girl good) and has some plot twists that keep you turning the pages. If you like a bit of mystery and intrique, this is your book.
The Rumor. My family loves to joke about my deep love of Nantucket, especially since I have actually never visited this quaint island. Elin Hilderbrand is a favorite author of mine and reading books set on Nantucket scream summertime to me. I happen to have just finished this book last night and greatly enjoyed it. Also, I really wanted a lobster roll to eat after reading this.
And a million dollar house on the east coast.
Orphan Train. Sometimes you want a light, fun read for the hot summer months. Orphan Train is not that type of book. Looking into our nation’s history of transporting orphans from the East to the mid-west can be harsh and upsetting at times. This fictionalized depiction of actual orphan trains is a poignant and moving story.
The Boston Girl. This book took a few chapters to hook me, but I did really enjoy reading it. It portrays a light on what it was like to be growing up in an immigrant family in the early 1900’s and all that came along with such a title.
We Were Liars. I heart a good young adult fiction book and this one did not disappoint. Again, it took a while for me to feel personally involved with the characters but I finally really started to dig it around page 50 (I know this because at page 35 I told myself I was giving up at page 50 if I was still feeling bored with the narration and story line.). The writing style of this book is very unique and there are some plot twists I did not really see coming. If you like a bit of teenage angst, you will enjoy this book. This happens to be a fast read which can make it the perfect vacation book.
Necessary Lies. Often times living in suburbia, I can easily forget how other populations live or have lived in the past in our country. Necessary Lies looks at how sterilization was used on African Americans, poor, disabled, and mentally incompetent people in the 1960’s (and before) by our government…sometimes without the concent of the patient. This is a fictionalized account of a real period of time in our nation’s history.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I bought this book months ago because my home always needs a good tidy as the school year comes to an end. In full disclosure, I have not finished this book but am loving it. I even hear Marie Kondo has YouTube videos of how to fold shirts in her logical way. If one ever peeked into my t-shirt drawers, one would realize why I purchased this book when it came out.
Living Well, Spending Less. I have read Ruth’s blog for years now and really enjoyed her book. The message is simple yet powerful as she calls readers to be content with what they have and where they are in life.
Nobody’s Cuter Than You. Big Mama was one of the first big Mommy blogs I started following ions ago when I entered the blogging world. This is her third book and is centered around her friendship with her best friend. All of her books are laugh out loud funny and leave you feeling just a bit more joyful than before you cracked the cover. If you are in need of a smile, pick up this book.
Along with my suggestions here are a few books that happen to be on my “Gotta Read” list for this summer.
In the Unlikely Event (because…Judy Blume!)
What is on your summer reading list this year?
Share with me so maybe I can read it and get ONE more entry into that drawing.
Stay tunned for what is on my kids’ summer reading lists this summer.