Summer Reading – Recently read and on the bookshelf

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Recently, a friend of mine shared this Tucson themed summer reading list with me and I thought it was just about the coolest thing ever.  I LOVED the reading challenges the library would do while I was growing up.  Each week, I would be at the library to check out a new stack of books, and I was so excited to hit each reading goal.  I also really love that it is a Tucson themed reading challenge.  It is such a fun way to become more familiar with the region.

While I am in two book clubs, I don’t feel like I read like I used to.  I used to go through 1-2 books a week.  But since becoming a parent, it takes some real effort to get through 1-2 books a month.  One of my goals for 2018 was to get back in the habit of reading most days.  So far, I have definitely been reading a little more.  As a personal goal for the summer, I am also going to try to read a book from each section of the above mentioned reading challenge.  One of my book clubs is on hiatus for June, so it seems like the perfect time to try to get some bonus books in.

I always learn about books I want to check out from reading other people’s suggestions, so I also thought I would share what I have read so far this year.

So far I have read:

  1. 40 Days to Personal Revolution by Baron Baptiste.  This book was the guide for the meditation program I did at the beginning of the year.  It was an interesting read and has been a continuous resource for me in regards to my personal yoga and meditation practice.

  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson.  This was a fun read, but not as thought-provoking as I thought it would be.  It was funny though.  I read You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life last year and felt that one resonated with me a little more.

  2. The Silent Sister: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain.  A book club read that was not what I expected.  I would vote it a good beach read.  The plot doesn’t hold up to a lot of scrutiny, but it was engaging and easy to read.

  3. Running: A Novel by Cara Hoffman.  I received this book in one of my book clubs holiday book exchanges and it was one of those gems that made me love being in book clubs.  I would never have picked this book for myself, but I really enjoyed it.  It is set in Greece around a group of friends struggling to get by and finding themselves.

  4. The Power by Naomi Alderman.  Not going to lie, this was a harder read than anticipated.  This was a book club selection that is about women developing a power that allows them to pass an electrical current through their hands.  While it was much darker than I expected, it was interesting and unlike anything I had read recently.

  1. Palisades Park: A Novel by Alan Brennert.  This book is pretty much nostalgia in written form.  While I have never been to the New Jersey boardwalk or amusement park, this book speaks so fondly of it and is just a fun read.

  2. Shrill by Lindy West.  I borrowed this book from a friend and had some reservations going in.  While I am definitely interested in the topic.  I was familiar with the author’s writing and appreciate the topics she covers but am not the biggest fan of her style.  Overall I found this book interesting and humorous, while tackling difficult social issues.

  3. My Abandonment by Peter Rock. I had mixed feelings about this book. It is an interesting story, but I had a hard time trying to figure out some of the characters and am still not sure what I thought about the ending.

Currently reading: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Not really far enough into this one to give an opinion.   But it has a dystopian young adult feel to it, which is a genre I typically enjoy.

So friends, what are you reading these days? Have you read any of the This is Tucson list? Want to read any of them with me this summer?

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46 thoughts on “Summer Reading – Recently read and on the bookshelf

  1. I totally agree–as a parent it is hard to get through more than one or two books a month!! I usually go through a stretch where I read a ton and then I don’t read at all for a few months.

  2. the idea of reading book based in the area you live would be fun. I often lean towards books set in New England, which is where I grew up. I think it is the whole, hey I know where this story is taking place. I just finished another book yesterday, I’ll review it on my blog today,.

  3. I always enjoy hearing about what you have been reading. If your not thrilled with the book you tell us. Which I totally appreciate. Heading to the library today.

  4. I can’t wait to make my summer reading list! I just recently read Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain and it was so good. Like ridiculously good. The subject matter is definitely not for the faint of heart though!

  5. Great list! Pinning to add to my ever growing “seriously, someday I will get to read books again” list. Really want to read “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.”

    1. Lol, I have a someday/maybe craft list. I hope you get to some of these books. The subtle art… is a pretty entertaining read.

  6. I was just like you growing up and would try to hit all of the reading goals for the summer reading program that the library had. I read You Are A Badass and it didn’t resonate that much with me but I want to check out The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck to see if that resonates more.

  7. “The Power” sounds interesting! I have been trying to read more classics this year so I’m currently in the middle of “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” 🙂

  8. I really loved Beyond Words What Animals Think and Feel. Non fiction NYT best seller. By Carl Safina.

  9. What a fantastic list! I loved “You Are a Badass” as well. I’ve been looking for new books to read, so I’m excited to try some of your recommendations. I’m just starting the 5 Second Rule now, but I might try Running: A Novel next. It sounds really great!

    1. I’m glad you liked it too, I thought it was fun and motivating. I will check out the 5 Second Rule.

  10. I feel the same way about reading! Now that I am a parent it is more challenging to get through books in a timely manner. I hadn’t thought of creating a summer reading list for myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. It is definitely a challenge, but I think it is valuable me time. Let me know if you read any of the books on this list.

  11. I used to read all of the time before becoming a mom so I totally understand where you are coming from. I hope one day to get back into the swing of things with all of the reading I used to do! I haven’t read any of the books you listed but they sound awesome!

    1. It is harder to find quiet time with little ones. I just try to catch a few minutes before bed for the most part. Hope you have time for 1 or 2 of them 🙂

  12. Thanks for this list! I’m always looking for a new great read! I have two books lined up right now but I’m pinning this for after I finish those!

    1. Thanks Lauren! To be fair, I read lots of kids books, I just don’t read as much of what I want to read lol.

  13. I am a complete book nerd, so I really resonate with this post! I just finished Girl Code – I tend to read more business-related books than anything. I’m addicted to knowledge!

    1. I will have to check that one out, I have been wanting to ready more business related books.

  14. We were at the library yesterday and I picked up a couple of books about the Amish lifestyle and cultural. My husband picked out some murder mystery so probably will be reading some of them as well.

  15. Great suggestions! I recently finished Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis – it is great! I enjoyed her down to earth writing style and authenticity. Out outs so difficult to squeeze in reading time as a parent – I’ve recently begun to listen to audio books through my library’s app! Much easier to fit that in while doing laundry or dishes, etc.

  16. Great list…love your candid reviews! I’m getting ready to download a bunch of ebooks for vacation & will check out some of these.

    1. I enjoyed that one as well! I have heard the movie was good too, but I haven’t gotten a chance to see it yet.

  17. I am the same as you, being a parent is hard when you just want to read lol. I have started reading on my lunchbreaks, bed time chilling out time lol anytime I can. You have still done well though!

    1. Reading is such a nice way to relax before bed. Nice job squeezing in your reading time!

  18. I love bookclub for getting me to read things I normally wouldn’t. I am just about to start my next bookclub book for June – Carnegie’s Maid.

      1. It definitely has widened my reading habits over the past five years. That must be fun to be in two!

      2. It is fun, but I always feel guilty if I don’t make it through one of the books.

      3. Me too! That’s why I drove twenty minutes each way just to pick up the next book last night😂

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