At the beginning of the year, I challenged myself to read 100 books in 2016. Since Goodreads has so very kindly reminded me that I am 17 books behind schedule, I thought it was time to get going on this goal. Summertime is usually the BEST time for reading anyways, so I’m not all too worried about catching up.
Thanks to The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide, I have recently stumbled upon a multitude of amazing books to read this summer. If you haven’t checked out the guide yet, you should – it’s amazing! Three books on this month’s list are from the guide.
Here are my picks for this month. While I can’t absolutely guarantee that I’ll finish all of them, I think having them on this post will keep me a little more accountable. 😉 Also, if you’re on Goodreads, find me here – let’s be friends!
1. The One-in-a-Million Boy – Monica Wood
“Miss Ona Vitkus has – aside from three months in the summer of 1914 – lived unobtrusively, her secrets fiercely protected. The boy, with his passion for world records, changes all that. He is eleven. She is one hundred and four years, one hundred and thirty three days old (they are counting). And he makes her feel like she might be really special after all. Better late than never…”
I had never heard of this author before stumbling upon it in the Summer Reading Guide from Modern Mrs. Darcy in the “Engrossing Books” section. After reading the synopsis, I can definitely see why it was placed there, and I’m excited to check it out!
2. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
“Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.”
To be honest, I’m thoroughly confused by this book, but everywhere I look it’s getting rave reviews (not that that always means anything). It sounds like a lighter-hearted version of Harry Potter. I’m not sure what to make of it, but here’s to trying it out!
3. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
“Narrator Don Tillman 39, Melbourne genetics prof and Gregory Peck lookalike, sets a 16-page questionnaire, The Wife Project to find a non-smoker, non-drinker ideal match. But Rosie and her Father Project supersede. The spontaneous always-late smoker-drinker wants to find her biological father. She resets his clock, throws off his schedule, and turns his life topsy-turvy.”
I think I must have missed the hype when this first came out in 2013. From what I hear, this one promises lots of laughs. Better late than never!
4. The Lake House – Kate Morton
“One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.”
Shame, shame, shame on me for not reading this one yet. I bought it back in January with birthday gift cards, and I honestly have no idea what’s keeping me from it. Kate Morton is one of those authors that I know I will love, but at 593 pages, I think the sheer size of this book might be intimidating me a little bit. Anyways, this is the month I will tackle it!
5. Still Life – Louise Penny
“Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a world away. Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season…and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.”
Another pick from the Summer Reading Guide, this mystery is the first in the Inspector Armand series by Louise Penny. For some reason, I always find that I’m more drawn to reading mysteries in the summer. Also, (*fun fact*) I’ve heard that Three Pines is basically like a Canadian version of Stars Hollow, but with murder.
6. In the Woods – Tana French
“As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods.”
Another mystery, courtesy of Modern Mrs. Darcy. From what I’ve read about this one, I think it will be a daytime read only. Suspenseful reads and bedtime don’t tend to mix too well. I’ve heard fantastic things about this series of mysteries. There’s a good chance I’ll end up having to read this all in one sitting so I don’t have to put it down.
7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
“All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby – who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.”
I decided to read through the Harry Potter series again this year, and I am constantly mesmerized by how magically creative it is. While this is definitely not my favorite book in the series, I’m still very excited to re-experience Year 2 at Hogwarts.
8. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.”
My friend Becky lent me this one this past winter, and it has been staring at me from the shelf just reminding me that I haven’t picked it up yet (sorry, Becky). But since I’m starting my new job tomorrow, I decided to pick this up on an audiobook to listen to during my commute! While I’m not *technically* reading this, I think I’ll let it count.
I can’t wait to dig into these eight, and I will do my best to post reviews at the end of the month! As always, please leave me book recommendations or thoughts on these picks down in the comments. 🙂