Summer Reading


This has seriously been THE best summer of reading I’ve had in a long time. It’s not like I’ve read tons of books but the ones I’ve read have been so much fun to read. I’ve had the luxury of quiet evenings this summer too and I really, really needed them.

My routine:

  • Eat dinner
  • Hide

Yes. The Girl comes looking for me and finds me every time. I ask her to read with me but nope. School reading logs have really turned her off to reading which of course wrecks me in so many ways. Instead she does yoga while I read. Often right next to me. At least it’s a quiet activity.

Usually I try to read some heavier books in the summer but this summer I’ve had fun picking up whatever catches my eye. I so rarely do that!

Just Finished:

Up next:

What are you reading right now? Has it been a summer of reading for you too?

23 thoughts on “Summer Reading”

  1. I think you’re going to love THE NEST. One of my favs. I am looking forward to THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR. And SWEETBITTER was a nice surprise for me.

    1. I still can’t get The Couple Next Door on my Kindle. I think the file is corrupted. Ugh. It’s SO what I want to read right now, too.

    1. I don’t know. I looked at The Girl’s English book this term and it’s all non-fiction!! I want her to fall in love with stories. Maybe she will be like The Teen and only read non-fiction.

  2. Since I live in Nova Scotia and we’re surrounded by the ocean, I thought I’d try to read on a theme this summer: ocean, sea, beach, waves, whatever in the title but I haven’t been fanatic about it, so I’m enjoying my summer reading. I’m glad you are too!

  3. I’ve been reading tons this summer, too 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed End of Watch and I totally agree with you that it was a solid book for the end of the trilogy. I have Sweetbitter on my kindle, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’ve heard so many great things about The Couple Next Door and can’t wait to read it – hope you get it downloaded. I bought a copy of The Nest on a whim and can’t wait to read it. Seems like reading it where its at this summer 🙂

    1. I cannot get The Couple Next Door onto my Kindle! I haven’t had time to mess with it but it’s getting on my nerves. I am trying to finish City of Mirrors but I swear, it sure took a turn story wise. I had to check the title on my Kindle to make sure my possessed Kindle did not take me to another book by accident.

  4. I’ve heard mixed reviews of SweetBitter, so that one hasn’t been on my TBR. So glad that you had a good reading this summer – mine hasn’t been too bad either.

  5. Glad you’re having such a good summer! I keep wondering if I should have given Sweetbitter more time – I bailed at almost 200 pages. The Nest was a very entertaining summer read. Hope you enjoy it, too.

  6. In a way, I’m glad to hear your daughter still seeks you out to be near you, even if you’re reading and she’s doing yoga. I know I will miss it when my daughter would rather hide out in her room than cuddled with (or, more likely, on) me on the couch.

    I’ve been hearing good things about The Couple Next Door and hope you enjoy it.

    1. My daughter still hides out in her room sometimes but I have to be nearby or on the same floor. I wish she’d read with me though. She used to for a little while but now it’s just work to her which kills me.

  7. Bummer that reading logs made it a chore rather than fun. 😦
    I enjoyed the Nest OK but I can’t remember how it ended! The beginning is memorable, though.

    1. The reading logs were so short too. Just a short paragraph on what was read in a 20 minute time frame but it had to be done daily and honestly, some of the books you can’t get into in just 20 minutes and it was torture to get her to read for longer than that. Plus, I thought the act of writing it down would help her remember plot but when it came to the mandatory Scholastic Reading test for each book, she failed 50% of the time which really upset me since it counted for so much of her grade.

  8. It’s been a bit busier summer so haven’t gotten as much reading in but still pretty good. How was the Book of Aron? Is that worth a read? Or is it too grim? Right now I’m reading The Sympathizer for book club and it’s going to take me awhile ! A bit dense but good.

    1. I am in the middle of writing my review for The Book of Aron. All books about the Holocaust walk a grim line but this one was not AS grim because it’s told from a child’s point of view and the child in question is street smart and not all that likable at first so the account if very matter-of-fact. However, the ending… did you know it was based on true events? I thought it was very well done. Worth the read.

  9. The Couple Next Door was interesting, and good, but I think Under The Harrow by Flynn Berry was better. It’s hard to get a thriller that really thrills me, but I do love the genre when they don’t disappoint (i.e. the author doesn’t manipulate me to death).

    I have had a busy summer with the Man Booker long list. I love your strategy of eat dinner and hide. 😉

    So sorry that the reading calendar plan has turned your daughter off. If only teachers knew what they negatively influence in an effort to instill good habits.

  10. Oh, The Nest is on my list too – can’t wait to hear how you liked it! Aw, you reading while she does her yoga right next to you paints such a beautiful picture of family bliss 🙂

    1. Her yoga is progressing nicely. She uses some yoga app while I lounge on my bed reading. There is often background Enya type music playing which lends itself well to reading too.

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