One of the things I look forward to the most every summer is putting together a summer reading list full of guilty pleasures and books I keep putting aside thinking I’ll read that later and then never getting around to it. I’ve always been a voracious reader which comes with its blessings and its curses–once I start a good book, I have a hard time communicating with the “real” world until I’m finished!
But since I have a little extra time this summer, I’m counting on that being a good thing. Here’s a sampling of my absolutely must-reads this summer:
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1. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I’m not sure how I’ve made it all this time without reading this book, but that is going to change this summer. I fell in love with Kingsolver while reading The Poisonwood Bible in high school and when asked about my favorite books, that one is always near the top of the list. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is Kingsolver’s non-fiction account of living only off of her own garden and food produced in her own neighborhood for a year. Plus, her farm is located only about an hour and a half away from Blacksburg, so I’d say it’s an appropriate time to finally be reading this!
2. The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. I’ve reviewed several other of Susanna Kearsley’s books here on the blog (here and here), and I cannot wait to read her latest, The Firebird, which came out last week and includes her signature weaving of fantasy + historical + realistic fiction.
3. Sea of Trolls Trilogy by Nancy Farmer. Hooray for young adult books! YA will always be one of my favorite genres, though I’m actually reading these on assignment for school next year. Nancy Farmer is a fantastic, unique writer who infuses her experiences of living in Africa into her tales. (She now lives in Menlo Park–maybe I’ll be able to be her neighbor someday!)
4. Inferno by Dan Brown. Robert Langdon is back baby! Who wasn’t obsessed with The Da Vinci Code when it came out, right? I’m hoping my hold on this at the library is up soon–read faster people!
5. And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini. Hosseini is just one of those poignant writers whose stories and descriptions stay with you for a long time after you finish that last page. I read The Kite Runner when it was assigned as the “freshman reading book” for Jeff’s first year at Cal Poly, and I cannot wait to see what he’ll make me think about next.