My Summer Reading List

Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Reading

I'm supposed to write about all of the books on my 'to read' list this summer and/or recommend some of the amazing books I've read as of late.

Um ya.

First issue is that I'm due with a child in approximately 3 weeks and the likelihood that I'll be able to keep my eyes open long enough to read a whole book during the remainder of the summer, let alone a list of them, is slim-to-none.

Second, working full-time, parenting a toddler and being pregnant has not really allowed me much 'reading for pleasure' time lately. By lately, I mean since my last pregnancy. Unless you count the children's books that I know off my heart (you can read about my children's books recommendations HERE - I know those well!). 



Time to improvise:

Books I've read (longer ago than I care to admit) and recommend 

The Alchemist - a beautiful book about finding purpose and meaning in life. I'll be honest in that I don't remember the actual storyline of the book but I do remember the profound impact it had on me. It's definitely a must-read and very likely a book I should add to my re-read list (even though I've never actually read a book, besides a children's book, more than once). 

I've read a few other Paulo Coelho books and very much liked them all! 



The Forgotten Garden - again, while the exact storyline has seemed to escape my memory, I do remember thoroughly enjoying this book. It's long but it didn't feel long (always an indicator of a good read). 



Quick question: am I the only one who can read a book, thoroughly love/enjoy it and yet still forget the entire storyline years later? Is that normal?


Books I'd like to read (in the not-so-distant future)

The Girl on the Train - I've heard about this book a lot lately and it's apparently right up there on the current Best Sellers lists so it only makes sense it would be on my reading list.



Grey - ya, I know, I know, I shouldn't even be admitting it but I'm curious about this book only because I read the 50 Shades Series (a long time ago now). Having said that, I'm not sure I will prioritize this over some of my other must-reads.



The One and Only - I'm a sucker for chick-lit and have loved all of Emily Giffin's books so this book is on my list. I am a little weary though because the reviews are not great. I'd appreciate your feedback if you've already read it!




I would be VERY happy if you'd like to share your 'must-read' books because my summer reading list is lacking! 



Finally - the BEST part of this post is that I'm linking up with some awesome ladies who are much more avid readers than I am. SOOOO I'm clearly going to make a whole NEW 'must-read' list after checking out what they've all been reading and what's on their lists! BRILLIANT!!

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32 comments:

  1. Okay so apparently "the girl on the train" is this summers must read book! - it's showed up on like 3 blogs so far:) Looks like I'm making a trip to chapters LOL

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    1. You can check out my review of Girl on the train at: https://runwright.net/2015/06/17/weekly-reads-wednesday-4/
      I gave it a 4/5 rating.

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  2. I'm a sucker for Emily Giffin too! And why have I not heard of Grey??! I read the 50 Shades series in about a week, so not sure where I've been and not heard of this one!! Hang in there, girl! You'll almost "home!" XOXO

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    1. I know, such a sucker for that chick-lit!
      3 weeks tomorrow (ish!)

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    2. I've read a couple Emily Griffin novels that I liked. And I own one that I really hated. I'm not sure why there's such a disparity but I'll probably check out this new one.

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  3. I JUST finished The Girl On The Train and WOW the ending was great!! I was just trying to figure out a book to read on our trip and decided to go with something light and funny, since it is so hard to read anything else when you're on vac with kids interrupting you every 5 minutes. lol! I normally do all my reading while I run on the treadmill, tho.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. bought it today, too many people were talking about it, I couldn't resist!

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  4. I'm a sucker for Emily Giffin too! And I just saw that Grey book come out and was like, oh my gosh, I need that book! haha... :) The reviews aren't that great, but I don't care!

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    1. I know, I'll have to check it out too, just to see what it's about!

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  5. The Alchemist is one of my faves, but I read it in french. I think I've read that Kate Morton one....but like you, I have a hell of a time remembering books...which makes it fun because I can reread them and they still have the same effect on me! The One and Only was ok...I love Emily Giffin but it's a football book...so I pretended it was baseball. I used to read tons when I was breastfeeding late at night..or watch Sex in the City.

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    1. I know, the Alchemist is sooo good!!
      I'm glad I"m not the only one who can't remember.
      lol I love that you pretended it was baseball

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    2. **Spoiler Alert**
      The Alchemist story line is about a shepherd boy who sells his sheep to pay for a trip to Egypt because he's searching for his fortune and someone tells him to go to the pyramids. Along the way, he loses his money but finds a job, finds a girl to love and promises to come back and marry her, and finds God. And at the end of his journey, he realizes his fortune was right where he started.
      I have read this book several times. It's one of my top 10 faves.

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  6. I keep hearing about the Alchemist, I should read that! I really enjoyed Girl on the Train.

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  7. I've read the one and only, I think it is the football one and I was skeptical. It was a good read and ind of unexpected. I am loving girl on the train and I plan to steal Grey from Deena! We are doing a trade. I took a long break from reading when my kids were young. I promise you'll have time to read again eventually!

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    1. I'll have to read One and Only, I don't think I can avoid it lol

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  8. I think you and I are the only ones in the world who haven't read Girl on the Train yet. Of course, with my poor memory I could have finished it yesterday and not remember a thing about it today. The same thing with movies and TV shows. Everything is always new to me!! I love the cover of The Forgotten Garden (and I do judge books by their covers). Will add that to my list. What's you favorite children's picture book?

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    1. it would seem that way, good thing I bought it today!!
      lol I'm so glad I'm not the only one who doesn't remember stuff... at least we enjoy it while we're reading!
      Oh you'd LOVE Forgotten Garden!! You must read it.
      My favorite children's book: I really like Grumpy Bird and the Hungry Caterpillar :)

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  9. I always forget about books I've read - which is great, because then you can read them again :)! The Alchemist is one of my favorite books of all time. Have a great weekend!

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    1. okay, it seems that that's normal because we aren't the only ones, I feel better now!

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  10. I have read several of Kate Mortons' books including The Forgotten Garden. I throughly enjoyed it too!

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    1. I think I need to look up some of her others!

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  11. I find it difficult to recap the storyline after I've read a book too. So I always try to write a review on Goodreads to help with that. I cannot wait to read the Girl on the Train! I read the One and Only and thought it was good but not great.

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. I guess part of the problem is I havent' read in so long lol

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  12. I'm pretty bad about remembering story lines too, or I just can recall the overarching story, like they went on a quest for a princess. Haha

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  13. I am so the same way!! I remember loving the book but not so much the storyline...I have a terrible memory!!! I think I'm in the minority here, but I thought Girl on the Train was just ok. I think I watch too many movies and tv shows...I figure out plots of some books pretty easily. Oh and the One and Only was good...not my fave of hers but good.

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    1. reading Girl on the Train right now!!
      I'll have to read the Emily Giffin one just in case ;)

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  14. Yayyy for baby!!! My love of reading for pleasure came with my second pregnancy. Eeeek I just heard about Grey. I'm going to have to go with you and say that I am very curious about it too. I read the whole 50 shades series pretty quickly LOL. I think more out of shock having never read anything like that before. It looks like The Girl on The Train is on a lot of lists as well. Definitely on my list too.

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    1. I think Grey might have to be next on my list!

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  15. I totally get not having enough time to read for pleasure. I have been wanting to read Girl on the Train soooo badly. My mother-in-law read it and said it was just okay, but I've heard such great things about it. I think I'm going to read it anyway!!!! :-)
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