What's on your summer reading list?


If you know me at all, you know I love to read. And that I still believe in the power of a great summer reading list. I hope you find some inspiration for your own list here, whether it's specific titles, reading tips, or just the kick in the pants you need to get off of Facebook. ;)


I typically set a pace of 4 books per month, eased by a few light reads. Because, hey, it’s summer. My goals here are to balance out fun reads, literature and poetry, leisure non-fiction, and professional development + to incorporate diverse voices. 

  1. Bad Feminist, Roxanne Gay
  2. The Nix, Nathan Hill
  3. Wool, Hugh Howey
  4. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, David Kelley & Tom Kelley
  5. The Dead Zone, Stephen King
  6. The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite, Duff McDonald
  7. Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church, Kaya Oakes
  8. Gillead, Marilynne Robinson
  9. You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, Phoebe Robinson
  10. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Carlo Rovelli
  11. A Defense of Poetry, Percy Shelley
  12. Modern Lovers, Emma Straub
  13. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas


Overall, I'm happy with my 2016 summer reading. I read steadily and, for the most part, I enjoyed and learned from the books I chose. My original list consisted of 12 titles, of which I read 10, and I slotted in 3 extra beach reads. It took me 4 months (not 3, as I had planned) to feel "finished" with the list. So that's a little slower than I had hoped...but speed is not ultimately the point, right?

Here is a recap of my summer 2016 titles and ratings (BTW, you should follow me on Goodreads):

  1. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King
  2. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ March: Book One, John Lewis
  3. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An Untamed State, Roxanne Gay 
  4. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Betterness: Economics for Humans, Umair Haque
  5. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Invisible Fault Lines, Kristen-Paige Madonia
  6. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, Ben Montgomery
  7. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North
  8. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  9. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Petty: the Biography, Warren Zanes
  10. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling 
  11. ⭐️⭐️ Thanks for the Feedback, Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen
  12. ⭐️⭐️ The Husband's Secret, Lianne Moriarity
  13. ⭐️ The Broker, John Grisham
  14. [did not read] Orbiting the Giant Hairball, Gordon MacKenzie
  15. [did not read] Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe


P.S. Check out my 2016 post for tips on how to build your own awesome list.

P.P.S. If you still need convincing, here are some articles that convey the importance and joy of reading: