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!):
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Emma by Jane Austen
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together by Twyla Tharp
Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott
Cooked by Michael Pollan
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
On Writing by Stephen King
Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis by George Sayer
Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C.S. Lewis by Abigail Santamaria
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Zealot by Reza Aslan