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

On-Going:

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.

Finish:

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!

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

Start:

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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