My summer officially started yesterday (I wrote my last final on Wednesday). Although I’ll be working and studying for my upcoming fitness certifications in August, I’m definitely going to take some time before school starts again in September to slow down a bit and enjoy the summer. Part of that relaxing will be reading. I thought I’d put together a list of some of my favorite books that I’ll be reading this summer.
I was a huge bookworm as a kid. My parents would reward me with a trip to the bookstore to pick out a book. When we moved to a different city when I was elementary school, a huge pro was that I was within walking distance of a library. I’d go almost every week and borrow an armload of books to enjoy. Not much has changed as I grew up. I still read, though not nearly as much as I used to.
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory I’m a huge fan of historical fiction. This was actually the first Philippa Gregory book I ever read and I finished it within a couple days because it was just that good. Instead of focusing on the Boleyn sister you usually hear about (Anne), this book looks at the life of Mary. If you at all enjoy drama (cause there was a lot of it in King Henry VIII’s court), definitely check out The Other Boleyn Girl (affiliate link).
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella These books are kind of silly, but oh so much fun to read. They’re quick and easy to read, perfect for a day at the beach or sitting on a dock at the cabin. Becky gets herself into tough situations but always manages to figure out a way to fix things. Confessions of a Shopaholic (affiliate link) is the first book in the series. Actually while writing his post I found out that there’s two new books in the series that I haven’t read yet. I just put them on hold at the library.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett I think just about everyone has seen the movie, but The Help (affiliate link) is an even better book (that’s saying something cause I thought the movie was great). Kathryn Stockett is great at describing scenes perfectly so that it feels like you’re right there. It’s another book that draws you in and you miss it for a day or two after you finish reading it.
The Heather Wells Series by Meg Cabot These books follow former teenage pop star Heather Wells as she solves the mysteries that happen where she works – at a residence for a New York City university. Heather is a really likable character and throughout the entire series you’re rooting for her to end up with her love interest. Size 12 Is Not Fat (affiliate link) is the first book in the series. By the time I got to the final book in the series I was kind of sad that there weren’t going to be anymore. I liked them that much.
The Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling My two favorite Harry Potter books are Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (affiliate link). One of my favorite characters is Serius Black, who is introduced in Prisoner of Azkaban. Order of the Phoenix feels like the first “grown up” book in the series. There’s two great fight scenes in it, one of which involves Dumbledore fighting Voldemort.
Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery These are some of my all time favorite books. I love how inquisitive and stubborn Anne is, even if those qualities lead her to get in trouble. I’ve read all the books a few times now, but my favorites are still the first two – Anne of Green Gables (affiliate link) and Anne of Avonlea. One of these days (hopefully sooner rather than later) I want to visit Prince Edward Island – all because of Anne.
Leave a comment with one of your favorite summer reads. I love to hear what other people are reading.
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