2016 Summer Reading List

Summer is the perfect time to kick back and read some good books, so here are 6 books on my summer reading list to leave you feeling happy and inspired!

Years and years ago in a previous life (a.k.a. life before children) I worked in a bookstore. It was heaven to be surrounded by the intoxicating smell of freshly brewed coffee and brand new books. I loved setting up the displays of hot beach reads and helping people find just the right book to take on vacation, not to mention making my own stack of books to read during the inferno months. It’s that time of year again, except this year I’m up to my eyeballs in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Sesame Street. However, I’m still determined to knock out a few good books. Here’s my summer reading list:

Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes.  Yes, I can admit to not having read this book yet. I’m probably one of the few who haven’t. It’s been on my list since it came out a few years ago, but I just haven’t gotten to it yet. I really want to read it before the movie comes out, so I’m trying desperately to stay away from any spoiler alerts!

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert.  This is another one that’s been on my to-read list forever. It’s a must-read for any creative or anyone who wants to pursue their dreams. From all the reviews I’ve read, it’s impossible to read it and not walk away completely inspired.

The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.  What would you do to find your happiness? I love the premise of this book because even though the author wasn’t unhappy, she knew she could be happier, and she spent a year trying different things to find her bliss. 

Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty. I have read most of her other books (The Husbands Secret & Three Wishes were my favorite), and she is one of my favorite authors. I’m so excited that she has a new book coming out in July! This one looks just as twisty and intricate, and asks the question “what if.” How would their lives be different if they hadn’t gone to that barbecue? I can’t wait to read this!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling.  Of course this is on my summer reading list! I have read the Harry Potter series countless times, seen the movies over and over, and I can’t stop listening to the audio books. Hi, my name is Samantha, and I’m a Potter Head. I’m not ashamed to admit that at all. You can bet I’ll be grabbing a copy of this as soon as it’s released (appropriately enough, on Harry Potter’s birthday), and I will absolutely be geeking out. Join me, will you?

Paw and Order, by Diane Kelly.  No summer reading list is complete without some fluff, and this fits the bill perfectly. I love a good mystery series, and Paw and Order is the second book. I read the first one a few months ago, and it was absolutely adorable. It’s part mystery, part romance, part humor. The story is told mostly from the main character’s point-of-view (a Dallas cop), but you also get snippets from her partner’s point-of-view, a snarky and sarcastic massive german shepherd.

So there you have it, the six books on my summer reading list. Will I actually get to read all of them? I hope so, but realistically, probably not. I just need to sneak in a little extra time for myself (one of my goals for the year). Plus, it will be easier to cut back on some tv, since most of our shows are done for the season. 

Have you read any of these books? What’s on your summer reading list? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave a comment below!

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  1. I am DYING for the Cursed Child! I’ve been a die hard potterhead my entire life…I love the entire story. I’ve also been kind of interested in Me Before You, but I only heard about it AFTER the movie previews began haha
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    • I think everyone has been dying for more to the Potter story! I can’t wait. I want to clear my calendar and take a mini-vacation!

  2. I still haven’t read Me Before You either so that’s definitely on my list this summer! I’m suffering from a book rut where I reread old books so I need a new one asap.
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  3. I am also looking forward to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And thank you for mentioning Paw and Order. I think I would enjoy it – and the series!
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  4. Great suggestions here ! I recently read Me Before You and it is definitely a good one, and better to read with friends and get to talk about.
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  5. I’m reading the happiness project right now and I LOVE IT!!

  6. I’m a huge Liane Moriarty fan and cannot wait for her new book! I”m also planning on finally getting around to reading Me Before You after I finish up the book I’m reading right now. 🙂

    xo Brie

  7. These sound like some fantastic books. I really need to get back into reading again. Thank you for sharing this list.
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    • Thank you! Making this list actually inspired me to start reading again, so I’ve been totally slacking on the blog!

  8. I can’t wait to read Truly, Madly, Guilty! Liane Moriarty is one of my favorite authors!
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    • She’s one of my favorites, too! When I start one of her books I know I should pretty much plan on doing nothing else until it’s finished!

  9. I have not read any of those books yet but definitely adding them to my list!! So excited. Thanks!
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  10. Potter head? Always.
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  11. I think I am going to read the Happiness Project with my sister. We have been talking about it for some time. 🙂

    • I hope you do! I’m not even halfway through it yet, and it already has me thinking of how I could make changes to my own life. It’s very thought-provoking!

  12. Me before you is so beautifully written you will love it! I love Gretchin Rubin’s podcast but I’ve never got around to reading Better than Before, I might have to put it on my summer reading list too.

    • I’m really excited about Me Before You. And if I get ambitious after the Happiness Project, I also have Happier at Home.

  13. Thanks for the tips! I need to get back into reading!

  14. I recently read Me Before You and definitely recommend!

    xo Ashley

  15. Big Magic is on my summer reading list as well! I can’t wait to dive into it.

    xoxo, Jenny
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  16. I have a few of the same books on my summer list. I can’t wait to dig in!
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  17. I’ll need to share this with my bestie, she loves to read!

  18. I just finished Me Before You and it was a great read! Even though I saw what was coming I still bawled my eyes out. I’m finally seeing it this week, where I’m sure I’ll be doing the ugly cry right there in the theater!

  19. This is a great list! I think i’ll pick up the elizabeth gilbert book. It’s so hard to find time to read though!

  20. I haven’t read any of these, but I am looking for some good summer reads, thanks for giving me some wonderful ideas!
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  21. What a wonderful lineup! I haven’t read Me Before You yet either… definitely plan to though. Thanks for all the summer reading ideas! 🙂

    • I ordered mine and it’s supposed to be here tomorrow! I want to clear my schedule for everything so I can just read!

  22. Thank you! I’m always looking for good books to read in the summer when I actually have reading time!

    • It’s not very often that I find the time to read, but when I do I like having a stack of book on hand ready to go!

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