Hey there, readers! As the kiddos head back to school next week, I’ve been reflecting on these ~12 weeks of summer, which have felt both incredibly fast and intolerably long depending on the day and week. Part of that reflection, naturally, has included looking over what I’ve read and enjoyed the most. Here are my six favorites, split evenly between fiction and non-fiction:
Fiction - The Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
Nonfiction - Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
Also I don’t normally read self help books, but I really liked Strength to Strength by Arthur Brooks
The Rachel Incident
Life's Too Short
I Could Live Here Forever
The Five Star Weekend
This is How I Lied
All Favorites of mine this summer! Looking forward to Covenant of Water, for my book club :)
The Wager by David Grann----interesting contrast to Endurance in the way the crew pulled together in one and disintegrated into factions in The Wager
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles---a genuinely enjoyable book with great characters
The Count of Monte Cristo.
That took my whole summer but it was worth it!
I LOVED the Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, the Majority by Elizabeth Silver, and Pageboy by Elliot Page.
Translated works: the Postcard by Anne Berest, both Madame Victoria and Party Wall by Catherine Leroux
Audio: The Wager by David Grann, Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, and Pageboy
Captain James Cook by Rob Mundle
Thomas Jefferson’s Education by Alan Taylor
The Aubrey-Maturin Series by Patrick O’Brian for the umpteenth time (Love these books!)
The Postcard, Hello Beautiful, The Whispers, and Tom Lake have been my favorite reads this summer (so far)! I’m looking forward to reading The Covenant of Water and Alice Hoffman’s new book later this month. It’s still summer for several more weeks...I’m not rushing it to end!!!
The Covenant of Water - Abraham Verghese
Tom Lake - Ann Patchett
The Postcard - Anne Berest (Translator Tina Kover)
My Own Country - Abraham Verghese
Definitely the best-- Demon Copperhead.
Covenant of Water
Nobody's Fool (not a new book)
The Coddling of the American Mind
The Chronicles of Narnia
Empire of the Summer Moon by
Dominion by Tom Holland (the historian)
YELLOWFACE by R.F. Kuang is the perfect book of summer!
I also devoured FOURTH WING by Rebecca Yarros, because I can’t avoid a book with THAT much hype.
Ten Caesars: Roman emperors from Augustus to Constantine by Barry S. Strauss: a super readable yet comprehensive book about something I’ve always been interested in.
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley: a delightful light read that was perfect for reading outdoors while watching the kiddos.
Madhouse at the End of the Earth by Julian Sancton: I love polar exploration stories!
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis: Wow. Just wow. I will have to read this again soon.
The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary Schmidt: listened to this as an audiobook with the kids on a road trip, and it’s fantastic!
Endurance, Alfred Landing
The White Darkness, David Grann
Slow reading summer for me, sadly (though a lot of that has been taken over by Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom so I’m not that sad. With that said, I really enjoyed Fleishman is in Trouble and am about halfway through Age of Vice and have loved it so far.
Couple of the best so far...
F- only time will tell (JArcher)
NF- Finding Meaning (DKessler)