20 Books I Want to Read This Summer

Let me just tell you from the start, I never do this. I never plan books I want to read in advance. I've never made a list of books for the upcoming weeks or months or year. I've always read as I wanted to, grabbing whatever struck my fancy at any given moment.


I'm giving it a try. Why not, right? 

These are all books that are sitting on my bookshelf and have been for some time, which means I really need to buckle down and dive in or they'll just keep sitting there while others cycle through. It's time to give them a shot. They struck my fancy at some point, if they've ended up here in stacks on top of the shelves that are too full to fit another page, so I'm committing to giving them a go this summer.

Here are the 20 books I want to read this summer (hold me to it!):

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

  4. Emma by Jane Austen

  5. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

  6. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

  7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  8. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

  9. The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together by Twyla Tharp

  10. Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott

  11. Cooked by Michael Pollan

  12. Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

  13. Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett

  14. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

  15. The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

  16. On Writing by Stephen King

  17. Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis by George Sayer

  18. Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C.S. Lewis by Abigail Santamaria

  19. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

  20. Zealot by Reza Aslan

What about you? What are you reading this summer?

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