It’s the first day of summer, which for me means it’s time to panic on being behind on my reading goals for the year! My spring ended up being a bit crazier and more hectic than I’d originally anticipated. This has left me feeling a bit like I’m playing catchup on my 50 book challenge. I’m only about 4 books behind where I was hoping to be, so it’s not unmanageable. Summer also happens to be one of my favorite times of years to read. There’s no better way to spend a lazy Sunday than on a blanket in the park reading…. or enjoying a glass of wine on my porch while reading…. or laying in my hammock while reading. I think you get my point: I love reading outside.
While being busy hustling to keep up with life over the past few months, I also managed to forget to do some research on what I’d like to be reading over the coming months. So my summer reading list is a combo of some books I just haven’t gotten around to reading (but have been meaning to) and a few suggestion from Instagram and Twitter. I’ve been reading a pretty good mix of fiction and non-fiction lately, but am feeling myself lean a bit heavier on the fiction side of things this summer. Warm weather reading sessions are perfect for what I consider “fast-one-reads.” This is how I describe books that are easy, fast page turners. These are the type of reads that really suck you in, but aren’t the type of book I’m likely to keep and read again in the future. (When I finish something in this little category of mine, I tend to drop it off in one of the many little free libraries in my neighborhood). For me, these type of books are generally crime, psycho trillers or young adult fiction. Some of my favorite books are in this category, but if a book has a twist ending? I will almost never pick it back up and re-read it.
I’ve been in the mood lately for a really good mystery. So I’m including a few thrillers on my list:
I might add on a few more thrillers on my list as I go, but for now that should suffice. The rest of my picks are a combo of older books and newer releases I’m stoked for:
Have any books you’re looking forward to reading? Perhaps an old favorite that you love to read, and reread, and reread? Leave your book suggestion in the comment section. I love hearing what’s on other book lover’s reading list.
GRETCHEN IS A WRITER-BASED IN PORTLAND, ORE. SHE GOT HER START AS A JOURNALIST WORKING ON THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND RESTAURANT BEAT BEFORE MOVING INTO COPYWRITING AND ADVERTISING WORK. SHE CURRENTLY BLOGS AND WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER.