Summer Reading: July Reads

Summer reading is really the best, and I am on a huge reading kick this summer! I mean, reading all year long is great, but when it’s too hot to be outside unless it’s early in the morning or late at night, summer reading fits the bill. Last summer, I was too busy dating my now husband to read much–I preferred getting to know him to my traditional summer reading, I guess.

Am I the only one who participated in every single Summer Reading program that the library offered? I am pretty sure I’m one of the kids who made them change it from number of books read to hours read, because I could tear through the Babysitters’ Club books like nobody’s business.

july reads


The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God’s Eyes by Robert S. McGee: My mom recommended this one to me! I could easily sit down and read it in a few days, but it’s so rich with wisdom (and the $2 Kindle version comes with the workbook at the back) that I’m taking my time to read it and do the workbook a little bit each day.


Arthur & George by Julian Barnes: I love the style of this book. It is written about two separate characters as they grow up, until their lives intertwine in a way that forever changes real history because this is a novel based on a true story! Arthur is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the guy who invented Sherlock Holmes, nbd) and George, his fellow countryman. I’ll let you read it and figure out the rest!

Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present by E. Fuller Torrey: I started this book because I found Torrey’s most recent publication, American Psychosis to be a fascinating history of the American deinstitutionalization of psychiatric patients. I’m only about 30% through this book, but I am interested to see how he will prove his thesis!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: This book has been on my Audible suggestions for months. I finally read that it’s being turned into a television series, so I thought I would give it a go. Plus, if I like it, it’s a whole series!



I’m a big fan of used books. Thriftbooks is an awesome online resource, if your library is as sparse as mine!


Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: This is classic, and I’m on the late bus.

The Black Box by Michael Connelly: It’s summer. I like easy books. I like mysteries. I love Michael Connelly, plus I’ve had this sitting on my shelf for a long time.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler: I love F. Scott Fitzgerald, of course. But what really piqued my interest in this novel was my recent viewing of Midnight in Paris. I laughed a lot at all of the literary jokes in the movie (while my husband was a bit confused because he does computers and stuff), but I realized that I knew almost nothing about Zelda Fitzgerald. Last month, I tried to read her novel, but the prose was so impossible that I had to put it down. The introduction to the book said that the novel was basically an autobiographical novel anyway, so I thought that I would try something a little bit more lucid.

Cider House Rules by John Irving: Not only is this on the list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die, but it’s had great critical reception. Additionally, everyone on Goodreads seemed to like it too. That’s good enough for me!

What’s on your list summer reading list? Did you read anything good last month! Let’s talk books!

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  • I loved Midnight in Paris so I’m intrigued by Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald! Let me know how you like it?

    • I can’t believe that I didn’t watch Midnight in Paris until a few weeks ago. I remember when Z came out, and I wasn’t that interested, but her character in the movie made me more interested. My mom read the book and said it was sad, which I figured it would be, knowing the little that I do about her life, but I can’t wait to start it! As soon as Brian starts his new job next week, I will basically read all day, I guess.

      • Although I’m sure you will miss having Brian around, I have to tell you, girl, that being able to read all day sounds like a little piece of heaven!

  • Kaity Stuckert

    I keep meaning to read Cider House Rules and never can seem to conquer it. I love reading lists- thanks for posting!

    • I got Cider House Rules on Audible, so I am hoping that it’ll be easy to get through, but the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon were really good. I also love to watch the movie after I read a book and compare them, so that’s a mini-reward at the end!

  • I am always looking for new books – and now just need to find time too! I loved the Summer Reading Program at the Library… I just took E to sign up for ours and got all sentimental! I might be more in to it than her 🙂

    • Awww! I remember all the fun rewards that we would get. I think my mom took us to the library several times a week when I was a kid. (She loves to read, too!). I think it also helped that even through middle school, I was only allowed to watch two 30 minute TV shows a day. And I was still picking out Nick Junior shows hahaha

  • You would love my sister! Girl knows her books. I love to read as well, but do not offer up nearly as much time as I ought to. Right now I am boring 2 Melanie Dickerson books from her. The way she mixes historical fact with fiction and Christian messages is wonderful.

    • Those sound fun! I just get excited and want to read everything! Haha

  • Arthur & George sounds super interesting! I’ll have to check it out. 🙂 I really loved Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

    • I haven’t heard of that book. I’ll have to check it out!