Summer Reading (or What I’ll Be Reading This Summer): A Top Ten List

This week’s top ten list (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish): books to be read this summer. But let’s just admit what this really is – a to-do list. I actually like lists if you couldn’t tell (the ‘Lists’ tab sort of gives it away, doesn’t it?). I get quite a bit of satisfaction from crossing things off. And as many of these are books I have for review consideration, I will likely get to cross them off by the end of the summer. Two birds, one stone and all that nonsense…

Swedish Summer
Let’s pretend my vacation will look like this. There will at least be canoes, but I am (sadly) positive they will not be in Sweden.

So here are ten books on my to be read list and ten books that are likely to be featured on this blog (save nos. 9 and 10, which I’ll be solely reading for pleasure). In no particular order:

10. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Because I wouldn’t want Kate to hassle me.

9. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. I am going on vacation at the end of this month and bringing only this book with me (otherwise I fear it will never get read).

8. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. I am fascinated by the Civil War, it’s one of my many nerdy traits (I use the word nerdy with the utmost affection).

7. Freud’s Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman. I’ve never cared much for Freud, if only because I disagree with his dream interpretations. But this one is interesting.

6. The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan. Because I really loved Maine (the state and the book).

5. In Love by Alfred Hayes. A masterpiece folks, go read it.

4. In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell. I’m reading this one currently. It’s confusing, for lack of a better word, but very beautifully written.

3. Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet. Because Dennis Lehane says its good, so it must be.

2. The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez. All the early reviews have been excellent, plus it’s translated fiction which I working hard to read more of.

1. The Rathbones by Janice Clark. It only took eight words for me to want to review this book: A gothic, literary adventure set in New England.

What are you reading this summer?

Photo: Outdoor Academy of Sweden Flickr

22 thoughts on “Summer Reading (or What I’ll Be Reading This Summer): A Top Ten List

  1. I found out about The Engagements from another author (can’t remember who) on Twitter and it sounds interesting! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it 🙂

    We Need to Talk About Kevin seems like one of those books that I will eventually get around to reading, give or take a few years, lol.

    My TTT


    1. I keep meaning to read something by Shriver and I’m on hold for Kevin at my library right now (and I want to see the movie) – so, soon, maybe. I saw tweets from both Sarah Dessen and Meg Donohue about The Engagements (which, honestly, I can’t even believe I remember that). I just got a copy for review this past Friday, so I am hoping to start on it soon.


    1. Maine is good, I suspect you’ll like it. I have high hopes for The Engagements based on what I’ve seen so far.

      Maine will make you nostalgic for Maine though, a large portion of it takes place in a beach house. Jealousy inducing…


    1. Me too – badly. I would love to spend a few months in Sweden in the summer. I’d also take Spain, Italy, Portugal, etc. – you get the idea.

      I’m not traveling anywhere soon (except for Telluride at the end of this month), my next big trip isn’t until London next year and maybe Boston to visit family. Now I’m feeling a little whiny.


  2. I need to read 9 and 10. The Sound of Things Falling is a great title and it sounds really interesting – I too am trying to read more translated works as you know.


  3. Really great list- lots on here that I want to read also. I read a great review of the MAtt Bell book over at Bookmagnet- she really loved it. I just got The Rathbones through goodreads- hope it’s good!


    1. I saw Bookmagnet’s review too, the book is really different. Normally I can tell where a book might be headed and get a feeling for it, this one is well and truly different. I’ve never read anything quite like it, it’s oddly beautiful.


  4. You have The Engagements on your list! I totally forgot about that one. We Need To Talk About Kevin was a great read. I need to check out The Good Lord Bird.

    Thanks for stopping by Literary, etc!


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