Summer Reading Update

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Hi all! Where has this summer gone?! I see all these back to school posts and I’m over here like…. It’s only August! Remember when summer used to end on labor day? Ooh well… until Chase starts school, I’m still counting THAT as the official end of summer. I just wanted to do a quick update on my summer reading list to let you know what I’ve accomplished!


What I’ve Already Read

The following books I had already read, earlier in the summer when my blog and summer reading list were only ideas and daydreams! I won’t go into much detail about these three, because I already talked about them in my initial summer reading list post.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – by Truman Capote (for the tenth time)

Summer Sisters – by Judy Blume

Can You Keep a Secret? – by Sophie Kinsella

What I Finished Reading In July:

The Happiness Project – by Gretchen Rubin

For some reason, this book took me way longer to read than it should have. I really enjoy reading about habits and happiness, so this book was great for me but maybe not for everyone. I really enjoyed it but by the end, it did start to feel a little redundant. Don’t get me wrong, I was really inspired by this book; Gretchen’s happiness project inspired me to start my own and has brought me a lot of happiness boosts in the process. I give this one four out of five stars.

Ready Player One – by Ernest Cline

This is the best book I’ve read this year! I loved every page of this book. It was fun, full of action, adventure, and references to my childhood. I have been recommending this book to everyone I meet. I had put off reading this book for quite a while because I was worried all the gamer references would turn me off. I was so wrong! I should’ve read this book last year when it was first recommended to me. If you’re looking for a page turner that can appeal to young adults and grownups alike, look no further. Five out of five stars!

Heart of Darkness – by Joseph Conrad

Ughhhhhh. I wanted to like this book. I really TRIED to like this book. Because I love classics, I thought I would love this book. I did not. It felt like it dragged on and on, which is amazing considering it’s such a short book. The narrator did not engage me. Kurtz was the only character I found interesting. The descriptions of the Congo were vivid, but not enough to save this book. Oh well, you can’t win them all. Three out of five stars.

Heartburn – by Nora Ephron

Another semi-disappointing book. I’ve heard this book was *really* funny…. and it was only kind of funny. The narrator rambles and rambles and takes the long route to tell her anecdotes. I think the fact that the audio book version was narrated by Meryl Streep was the only saving grace for this one. I did like the way she integrated recipes into this telling of a pregnant woman’s scorn but… the plot just wasn’t enough for me. Oh well. Three out of five stars.

At The Water’s Edge – by Sara Gruen

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I started out not loving the plot, but it grew on me. I thought the fact that the book was about socialites hunting for the Loch Ness Monster during WWII was… silly. However, the easy reading and rich story telling really made me feel like I was a part of the story. By midway through, I actually really began to enjoy this book and stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it. Four out of five stars.

The Girls – by Emma Cline

This is the second best book I’ve read this year. When seeing this book compared to “The Virgin Suicides,” I thought… whoa now, that’s a tall order. While it isn’t nearly as good as Jeffrey Engenides’ writing, it is good. It is really good. ¬†The way the main character is accidentally swept into the cult by the girls she adores is very fascinating. This book reminded me of how painful it is to be a teenager and to feel out of place. Five out of five stars.

What I’m Reading Now:

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up – by Marie Kondo

I am halfway through this book about cleaning and I am hooked. DECLUTTER ALL THE THINGS!

As I Lay Dying – by Willaim Faulkner

I’ve read a few chapters and am captivated by Faulkner’s Southern Gothic style.

The One in a Million Boy Рby Monica Wood

I just read the first few pages of this one and haven’t formed an opinion yet.

The Art of Happiness – by The Dalai Lama

I purchased this book and plan to start it as soon as I finish one of the above.

Progress, Not Perfection!

Even if I don’t finish my entire reading list before summer’s end, I feel good having accomplished this much. One of my happiness goals is to read more and this reading list has helped me achieve that goal. I have been setting aside a chunk of time during Chase’s afternoon nap and before bed that is designated reading time. Scheduling time to read and finding books that I’m excited about have really helped me reach my reading goals.

Now It’s Your Turn!

What books have you read this summer? I always love suggestions! Let me know what you are currently reading, what you have completed and what you’d like to read by commenting below!

As always, thanks for reading!!



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