Summer is here and I almost forgot to tell you how excited I am for my Summer Reading List. Actually, I love reading and I simply enjoy spending time on the beach, reading something that really captures my mind and soul and keeps me away from the real world. If you are also in this kind of summer mindset, then join my thoughts and get some inspiration from here because it’s going to be a long, hot summer.
Ah, almost to forget! Stay close because I prepare some awesome To Do Lists that you can try this Summer!
by Ben White
Reading list for beach lovers
Right at the seaside, with a glass of fresh lemonade, enjoy:
The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth Von Arnim
The novel is about four very different English women answer the call, to spend the month of April in a miniature Italian castle. The review of this book says that “if ever there was a book to convince you that a good holiday is the best medicine for the soul, then it is this one.”
The Vacationers, by Emma Straub
“A good beach read is something engaging that isn’t too taxing on the brain.” This is what they say. The book presents a family trip to Spain. It’s funny, sad with a poignant twist. Maybe the perfect book.
Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter
This is the best choice if you want to escape a little bit. The action takes place near Cinque Terre, in Italy, in 1962, when an innkeeper meets a beautiful actress. He falls in love with her, and there the adventure starts. It’s romantic and entertaining.
by Josh Applegate
Reading list for sofa lovers
While sitting on your sofa, eating your favorite chocolate bar, you should start reading:
The Stranger In The Woods, by Michael Finkel
The typical fancy and a little complicated reading. The action takes place in the New England woods, during some decades. “A lightning-fast read. Nothing is simple about Knight’s life. Writing about it is even more complicated.”
Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen
A great romance, but also a dramatic love affair about a strong woman living on land, with her name being Karen Blixen. Great recommendation for the long sunny days.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A bestseller, The Book Thief centers on the life of its main character, Liesel Meminger, a ten to fourteen-year-old in Germany during World War II. During the story we find out more about Liesel’s experiences and about the beauty and destruction of life during this era.
by Annie Spratt
Reading list for ice-cream lovers
While you enjoy your ice-cream, you might like reading:
Three Junes, by Julia Glass
The book won the National Book Award in 2002. Three Junes will become your old friend with whom you will love to spend a part of your summer.The story of this family—with their secrets and betrayals, longings, and heartbreaks—will engage and delight you so much that you will instantly become its fan.
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
“This intense and haunting love story” is not a typical read and will definitely engage you from the first page to the last. The story revolves around three Hailsham students: Kathy, Ruth and Tommy, who develop a close but complicated friendship.
The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han
Our protagonist, Belly, measures her life in summers, because it is the period when everything good and magical happens. In contrast, winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, being away from friends and the beach house. But one summer, everything changes.
by Aliis Sinisalu
Reading list for music lovers
Listen your favorite song while reading one of your favorite books.
Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks
“Part love story, part mystery, part aching historical journey, Birdsong explores the territory of France before, during, and after the First World War, and the effect of apocalypse on the human spirit.” Like almost the best summer reads, it absorbs you utterly until the ending hurls you to an extraordinary stop. You won’t want to start anything else for a long time.
The Odyssey, by Homer
While you read it, the story comes to life: you can see the water, feel the sun, hear the waves, be part of Odysseus’ journey to meet his destiny. This journey takes 10 years. No matter if you read it for the second or fifth time, it will take you a couple of hours to finish… you will be so engaged with this story!
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
Maybe you already heard or read Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel. I just couldn’t pretend it does not exist. The story of Santiago, ”dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.” Just read it!
Please take into consideration that the reading lists were decided after an intensive research based on my favorite types of books. I did not already read all the books mentioned above, but I did select them after the reviews left from other readers. Enjoy reading!
Source: realsimple.com, unsplash.com, goodreads.com