Summer Reading List

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My summer reading list includes books to enjoy all summer long. I hope you find some new books to add to your summer reading list.

1.    A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson: Atkinson’s new book, A God in Ruins, includes much of the same cast of characters in her best-selling book, Life After Life, but it is more of a companion to the earlier novel than a traditional sequel. Atkinson’s book covers almost a century, tracks four generations, and is almost inexhaustibly rich in scenes, characters and incidents. It is a beautifully well-written novel.

2.    Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll: The perfect page-turner to start your summer. Read this one if you are a fan of Gone Girl.

3.    The 5th Wave, #1 by Rick Yancey: The 5th Wave, is the first installment in this sci-fi thriller series in which orphaned teen Cassie navigates a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by aliens. These aliens resemble normal humans, and Cassie learns she can trust no one in her mission to find her brother until she’s rescued by the mysterious Evan. Read this series if you are a fan of The Hunger Games. I can’t wait to read the sequel and see the movie that debuts early in 2016.

4.    An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: This is a page-turner about a young woman fighting for her family against the forces of tyranny. It is a twisting, pulse-pounding narrative.

5.    American Wife: A Memoir of Love, Service, Faith, and Renewal by Taya Kyle: Taya Kyle is the widow of American Sniper, Chris Kyle. The memoir is a love story and a personal account of the sacrifices military families make for our country.

6.    Paper Towns by John Green: Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship and true love. 

7.    Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City by Elizabeth Minchilli: Italy is my favorite travel destination, and I can’t wait to read this one. Elizabeth Minchilli has been eating her way through Rome since she was 12 years old. Eating Rome is the book that you want if you are planning your first trip to Rome or if you have been to Rome a dozen times. Check out her popular blog and download her top-rated restaurant app, Eating Italy.

8.    The Other Language by Fancesca Marciano: This book is a collection of lovely, insightful stories about the transformative power of travel. There’s not a loser in the bunch. The author is a gifted story-teller.

9.    One Good Life by Jill Nystul: Jill Nystul writes a popular blog. Jill is a recovering alcoholic and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of her life with a message of hope and redemption. The book is also full of tips and advice to make life better!

10.  Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me About Life, Faith, and Second Chances by Rachel Anne Ridge: It’s the heartwarming true tale of an irrepressible donkey who needed a home and forever changed a family.

11.  Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life’s Greatest Questions by John Schlimm: In Five Years in Heaven, John shares the wisdom, humor, grace, and inspiration he experienced during his hundreds of visits with Sister Augustine. Five Years in Heaven reminds us that we can find love and joy in the most unlikely of places and that the building blocks of peace and happiness are always within our reach.

12.  All the Bright Places by Jennifer Nivern: A heartbreaking love story about two funny, fragile, and wildly damaged high school kids named Violet and Finch. Read this one if you are a fan of Eleanor and Park and The Fault in Our Stars.

13.  Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren: In her younger years, Jillian Lauren was a college dropout, a drug addict, and an international concubine in the Prince of Brunei’s harem, an experience she details in her bestselling memoir, Some Girls. In her thirties, Jillian and her husband adopt an Ethiopian child with special needs. Everything You Ever Wanted is a must-read for moms and everyone who has ever hoped for a second chance in life.

14.  Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery #1) by Jana Deleon: The first book in a new series by Louisiana native and best-selling author Jana Deleon. The book takes place in Sinful, Louisiana and undercover CIA agent; Fortune Redding poses as a former beauty queen turned librarian to solve a murder mystery. If you read the book, you will never think of Banana Pudding the same again.

15.  Strangers On a Train by Patricia Highsmith: Strangers on a Train is a psychological thriller novel  about two men who meet and agree to “trade” murders so that neither will be a suspect in the death of their respective victim.

16.  Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard: Picnic in Provence is the charming follow-up to the author’s bestselling, Lunch in Paris. The book chronicles parenthood and the young couple’s adventures opening an ice cream shop in Provence. Picnic in Provence is a fantastic journey through the south of France complete with delicious recipes.

Question of the Day:

What’s on your summer reading list?

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  • I loooved the 5th Wave series! I can’t wait for book three to come out, and the movie should be really good!

    • marlayoung

      Thanks for reading! The author of the 5th Wave series is from Florida and speaking in Orlando later this month. I love the series too!

  • Picnic in Provence sounds just lovely. Thanks for all of the great book recommendations!

    • marlayoung

      Thank you!

  • Paper Towns sounds intriguing to me—I may have to check it out! Thanks for sharing your list, Marla.

    • marlayoung

      Thank you for reading. I am looking forward to seeing the movie version of Paper Towns out soon.

  • Thanks for sharing! I have been searching for book recommendations and this is definitely going to keep me entertained for a bit

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    • Thank you so much! I hope you find some great titles to enjoy all summer long.

  • I’ve been looking for some good books to read this summer! Thanks so much, I’m going to check these out!

    • Thank you so much Audrey! I hope you find some good reads for the summer.

  • I need to get reading again. For whatever reason I started running and gave up reading. This is a nice list to get me started.

    • Thank you much Kelli! Hope you find some good reads to enjoy this summer.

    • Thanks for reading Kelli! I hope you find some books to enjoy this summer. I just finished Eating Italy. Now I am dreaming about a return trip to Italy.