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Any Bets on How Many of These Books I’ll Actually Read? {Summer Reading List}

An Eclectic Summer Reading List

My goal is to actually read 100 books this year (a goal I’ve set every year for the past few years but never quite hit), which means 25 books over the three months of summer. The trouble is that I always end up reading less when we travel and are on the go, and we’re about to spend 3 full weeks in Florida with my parents plus I imagine we’ll be making several trips to their new home in North Carolina after they move in July. So how much I’ll actually read is anyone’s guess.

I have pretty eclectic taste, and although my wishlist comes from a variety of sources, it is heavily influenced by both Shaina and Anne. Since Anne has posted her amazing Summer Reading Guide as well as the books on her list this summer, I thought I’d share my list as well.

There are currently 54 books in my Books to Read folder on my Kindle, which is a bit ridiculous, I know. I tend to go through my wishlist once a week or so and buy any that are $5 or less (my “buy now” price), which means the folder is filling up faster than I can read. I think it’s probably time to ignore that wishlist for a few months!

I tried to narrow these down to 25, but I couldn’t decide exactly how I wanted to prioritize them, so I left it at 33 instead. In no particular order, here’s my current reading list:

I’ve included prices for the ebooks that are on sale, but Amazon’s prices change often and without warning, so be sure to double check the price before you buy. Also, the links below are affiliate links; thanks for supporting Life Your Way!


Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley ($5.60)
I avoided contemporary fiction for many years, but I’m finding myself drawn to contemporary young adult fiction more and more. Maybe I’m trying to hold onto my youth — ha!

Echoes by Maeve Binchey ($5.99)
A love story set in an Irish town in the ’50s and ’60s, this one just screams “summer reading”

Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley ($0.99)
Written in the early 1900s, this book has dozens of reviews filled with words like charming and delightful, making it another perfect edition to my summer reading list!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd ($3.99)
I’m a little late to the game in reading this bestseller!

Legend by Marie Lu ($4.99)
The first of a trilogy, just because I love dystopian!

Where She Went by Gayle Forman ($5.02)
The sequel to If I Stay. The first wasn’t my favorite book so far this year, but I liked it enough that I want to know what happened next.

The Litigators by John Grisham ($5.69)
I haven’t read John Grisham since high school, but I’ve always loved a good legal thriller.

Haven ($2.99) & Dragoon ($3.99) by A.R. Ivanovich
I’ve only developed an appreciation for fantasy in recent years, and this description reminds me a little bit of Graceling, one of my favorites.

Parallel by Lauren Miller ($1.99)
Another YA read, this time with a bit of science fiction.

Timebound by Rysa Walker ($4.99)
I’m looking forward to reading this one and Parallel one after another to compare and contrast the idea of parallel universes, time travel and how the choices we make affect the future.

The Little Britches Series (8 books) by Ralph Moody
I read the first two books in this series years ago. I loved them, but I never picked up the rest of the series, which is hard to find for less than $10-$12 per book. Since I know I’ll want my girls to read these one day as well, I finally asked for the series for my birthday this year, and I’m excited to read through them this summer!


Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan ($5.99)
Brain on Fire promises to be both terrifying and inspiring as Susannah Cahalan tells the story of waking up in a hospital idea with no idea who she is and the ensuing battle against the mental illness that stole her identity!

How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp by Shawn & Maile Smucker ($3.99)
I’ve had this on my list for a while. I love memoirs, and our family loves a good roadtrip and a chance to explore, so I’m excited to read this one as we travel this summer.

The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Beer ($1.99)
Erin recommended this book while we were talking about this HONY photo/caption and how people sometimes slide into the wrong thing rather than actively choosing it.

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela ($6.99)
This is not a quick, easy read, and I’ve started it and set it aside on more than one occasion, but I’d like to finish it this summer.


Echoes in Celebration by Leigh A. Bortins
What can I say? I’m a sucker for books about homeschooling during the summer!

Classical Christian Education Made Approachable by Classical Conversations
Published by Classical Conversations, I’m reading this one instead of rereading The Core and The Well-Trained Mind again.

The Tipping Point ($3.99) and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
I’m a marketing geek who loves psychology, and I’m looking forward to digging into both of these.

The Measure of Success by Carolyn McCulley and Nora Shank
Elizabeth recommended this while I was reading Jesus Feminist. As someone who struggles with a dual identity as a work-at-home mom, I’m looking forward to reading this perspective on success and a life that glorifies God.

Quiet by Susan Cain ($2.99)
“The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” Need I say more?

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
I first “met” Brene Brown during her keynote speech about vulnerability at Blissdom several years ago. Daring Greatly expands on her vulnerability research and how it affects our work, relationships, parenting and more.

Hooked by Nir Eyal
In the second half of 2014, I hope to release several more digital products for Life Your Way, and I’m hoping this book will give me additional insight into creating products that really do serve our community!

Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist ($7.99)
I’ve heard so much buzz about this book, and I’m excited to read it for myself!

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
I have had a hard copy of Mere Christianity for years and never read it, but I’d like to finally prioritize it this year!

Favorite Reads on Sale

And here are a few more of my favorite reads from this year that are currently on sale:

  • The Fault in Our Stars ($4.99)
  • Stolen ($2.99)
  • The Rosie Project ($1.99)
  • The Selection ($2.99)

 What’s on YOUR summer reading list?