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I don’t typically plan out what I’m going to read next. I’ll get inspired by a blog post and then reserve a book from the library moments later, meanwhile all the books that have been getting dusty on my TBR list never get read. That also means that I read a lot of books of one genre while neglecting to diversify. This summer I’m going to try and be a lot more intentional with my reading life. As you can see, I’m working on reading more fiction, so I have a lot more of that category on my summer reading list. Take a look through and let me know if we’re reading any of the same ones!


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

I heard about this book from the Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide. Out of all the books she recommended, this one most appealed to me, which is interesting, since she thought it would appeal to the least amount of readers. I just finished this book a few months ago, and while it was a bit darker than I expected (because I neglect to read descriptions for fear of spoilers – I really bring it upon myself), I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to this read as well.

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

I devoured this series and this series, so I’m really looking forward to reading the Kane Chronicles. These books are about Egyption mythology in YA Lit form. Admittedly, I’m already halfway through the first book and I’ve certainly enjoyed it so far. These are easy, fluffy reads, meant more for my entertainment than self-betterment. To be honest, Rick Riordan and Orson Scott Card are currently my primary educators on mythology, so perhaps I should branch out from YA Lit to more educational mythology books. Perhaps. Both of these authors make for great audiobook reading, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

My husband and I made a deal while we were still dating that if he read all the Harry Potter books, I would read some Star Wars books that he recommended. It took a while for him to finish his end. Now that we have the audiobooks, he’s actually read them almost as many times as I have, but I have yet to hold up my end of the deal. I’m planning on reading the first of this series this summer.

The Dry by Jane Harper

This was another one I found off of Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide. She suggests a book that is a sequel to this one, but I feel strongly about reading books in order, so I’m checking this one out first. This book features a federal investigator from Melbourne facing his past. It falls into the twisty, mystery category. I’ll save this for a weekend when I have some downtime so that when I inevitably get sucked in to obsessing over the ending, I’ll have time to finish.

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

Yet another Modern Mrs. Darcy recommendation. What can I say, the woman has great taste. This is supposed to be an easy but substantive read, which is great for summer reading. If you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy then you’ll likely enjoy this book too. But mainly the cover is pretty, and I’m all for a pretty cover.


Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam

This book by Laura Vanderkam completely changed the way I think about time and productivity. I would basically read anything she said about the subject, so I preordered Off the Clock, which comes out May 29, 2018, and am looking forward to reading more.

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

Even though I can be super frugal, I still have a hard time not spending money at all. I definitely want to cultivate more gratefulness in my life and stop relying on spending money to meet my needs. I’m looking forward to learning from and being challenged by this book!

Drive by Daniel Pink

I feel like lately I’ve been hearing Daniel Pink mentioned everywhere. I haven’t read any of his books yet but this felt like a good place to start. Any help in finding motivation would be much appreciated.

Christian Non-Fiction

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

I have been hearing about this book for ages and am really looking forward to diving in. I’ve been thinking a lot about spiritual disciplines lately. It’s easy to think that once my current season is over, I’ll have more time for that. Now that I’m in my late-twenties (unless it can be mid-20s till you’re 30, in which case I’m mid-20s), I’m realizing that I’m going to have to fight hard to make the time for what’s important to me.

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke

This book is all about the reading life from a gospel point of view. I’ve never heard of any books like this, but I love reading and I love the gospel, so I figured this would be a good fit.

Let’s All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs

I have been listening to her podcast for months and always come away feeling so encouraged and inspired. But I’ve never read any of her books! That for sure needs to change. I chose this title because I’ve been feeling like I could use some more bravery in my life lately. I can’t wait to hear what Annie has to say.

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What’s on your summer reading list? Do you go light + fluffy for summer or stick to the usual titles? Leave a comment and let me know!


You can find my Summer Reading recap post here 🙂

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