With the first day of summer approaching, I thought it would be nice to create a summer reading list of new and popular books. There is a mixture of fiction and non-fiction in here depending on your preferences.
I haven’t read a single one of these but based my list on books that interested me on the back cover or because I read another by the same author.
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10 BOOKS TO ADD TO YOUR SUMMER READING LIST IN 2019
Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson
Mark Manson is the author of the bestselling book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (published 2016). He is following this success with another one titled Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope.
In a world full of bad news, from global warming to collapsing economies and mob culture, we’re living during a period of abundance and hopelessness. In his new book, Mark Manson addresses this by asking us to connect with ourselves and the world in a counterintuitive way.
If you’re a self-help junkie then this book could be on your summer reading list.
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
From the bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and Big Magic is a fiction novel, a love story set in 1940s New York City. Told from the perspective of an older woman, in City Girls the main character looks back at her life’s regrets and pleasures. According to the synopsis on Goodreads, the book “explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as idiosyncrasies of true love”.
What drew my attention to this book was the author of course. I’m interested in finding out how she is as a fiction writer. I’m also a fan of wartime historical fiction that follows the lives of women so I’m really excited to pick this one up.
Published June 4, 2019, just in time for that vacation summer reading list.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
I was recommended The Bride Test by someone on Instagram so it made this year’s summer reading list. When a young man with autism has trouble creating meaningful relationships with women, his mother takes it upon herself to travel back home to Vietnam to find him a wife. However, when she brings a wife back with her to America, the young woman’s attempts to seduce him prove difficult. She falls in love with a man who can’t return her affections and he learns about ways to love in the process.
I don’t normally go for love stories, however, the main character’s disability hits close to home and because of that, I’m willing to give it a try.
The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
I’ve always been a fan of Bill and Melinda Gates. Hugely wealthy people but they do so much good with it, including the funding the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other charities. They have a global focus to improve healthcare, reduce poverty and expand educational opportunities.
Through her work, Melinda Gates has come to the conclusion that investing in women uplifts society. She discusses this in her new book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World.
As a feminist, I’m excited to get some insights into female empowerment and how it impacts society for the better. If you love reading fiction on vacation then this needs to be on your 2019 summer reading list.
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
When I saw the trailer for Five Feet Apart I had no idea it was based on a book until I started researching for this post. Unfortunately, now I’m going to have to postpone watching it until I finish the book (a little rule I have).
In this novel, two young adults with chronic diseases meet in a hospital. The only problem is, they have to keep a distance between them of 6 feet. When they develop feelings for each other this is obviously really hard, but she doesn’t want to jeopardize her spot on the transplant list. The compromise? Stealing back a foot.
The summary reminds me of A Fault in the Stars, which also tells the story of two young adults with chronic diseases.
47 Days: A Journey Back Home by Amanda Perrot
I’m a sucker for self-discovery stories and this one is also from a Canadian!
When Amanda Perrot’s life falls apart after divorce she starts a 47-day journey to discover her province Saskatchewan and herself. According to the summary on Goodreads, the author’s story offers “a glimpse of hope for women who know they would be happier if they left their marriage but don’t have an obvious or clear reason to point to when they explain why they want a divorce”.
For some of you, I know this book will be very relatable. If it’s what you need to move forward I suggest adding it to your summer reading list.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Now this book isn’t a new one, it was published in 2017, but it makes a great summer read.
Set in the suburbs, the story explores the secrets kept by a new family who moves into the neighborhood, the pull of motherhood and the danger of being to in control.
The summary on the back of the book is kind of cryptic and doesn’t reveal too much, which makes it all the more alluring. This novel won Goodreads Choice Award the year it was published so I am sure it’s going to be an amazing summer read.
If Only by Melanie Murphy
I follow Melanie Murphy on YouTube and discovered her new book through her vlogs. I’ve never read any of her previous books but, as a fan, I’m curious how she is as a writer.
In If Only, the main character Erin is having a quarter-life crisis. In her thirties, she feels like she hasn’t accomplished near as much as she expected to by this age. Traveling home to Ireland on her birthday to visit her grandmother and break the news of her ended engagement, she instead finds herself in possession of a family heirloom that will change everything for her.
If mysteries and contemporary fiction are your cup of tea I think you might enjoy this one!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I see so many people reading this book! It wasn’t published this year, but it 2017. I think it would be a good one to absorb on the beach during the summer.
It’s an uplifting story of three friends who help each other escape the lonely lives they had before. Eleanor Oliphant is supposed to be awkward and weird which makes her all the more adorable.
If you haven’t read it yet grab a copy for your summer reading list.
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Claire
A young adult novel by Cassandra Claire, the creator of the Immortal Instruments series that started it all. Chain of Gold is the first book of a new series by Claire called The Last Hours. A Shadowhunters novel, the story follows Cordelia Carstairs as she fights evil, tries to save her family and London.
Fantasy readers will love this new trilogy. However, you will have to wait until next summer when it is released March 3rd, 2020!
DID I MISS ANY MUST-READ SUMMER READING?
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