Summer Reading List 2016

Today I'm linking up with Lucky to Be in First to share some must reads for Summer 2016!

It's no secret that I LOVE books and have been a book hoarder my whole life, so I had to jump on this link up! I could talk (or write) about books all day...but I'll spare you all and try to keep it as brief as possible!

Up first are 5 books you should read this summer. These are books I read recently and enjoyed!

1. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter- After not being able to put down this psychological thriller, I started reading Slaughter's Grant County and Will Trent novels, and can't stop. Slaughter has a gift for writing about flawed characters in a way that makes you still want to root for them, and her plots twist and turn at a breakneck pace! WARNING- this lady gets GRAPHIC ("Slaughter" is an appropriate last name!) so if you're not a fan of gory crime scenes or turned off by bad language you may want to skip out on this one.

2. Explore Like a Pirate by Michael Matera- This is all about using gamification to enhance your lessons. Read it, and then link up with Sweet Sweet Primary for her summer book study!

3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood- I'm usually not big on dystopian novels but this sucked me in from the start. Quite honestly, some of the scenarios Atwood describes in this book don't seem too far off to me these days, which is very scary! This book is part of a trilogy, and I hope to find time to read the other books sometime soon.

4. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman- This book stayed with me for days after finishing it. Caden Bosch is a teenager struggling with mental illness and the book provides you with two perspectives: how people around Caden are reacting to his increasingly paranoid behaviors and how Caden deals with his illness by creating a fantasy world to help him deal with his flawed mind. Shusterman's son suffers from schizoaffective disorder, and his experiences helped shaped the fantasy world described in the book. It is heartbreaking and revelatory at the same time, and really gives insight into mental illness in a way I have not read before.

5. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradel- No, this isn't a cookbook! It's the delightful story of Eva and her unlikely rise to becoming one of the most celebrated chefs in the country. Eva's story is told by the people surrounding her in her preteens, teens, and twenties, and the author cleverly weaves all these people together in unique and interesting ways. If you're a foodie or you're into charming character studies, this is the book for you!

Here are some books I'm looking forward to reading...

The Fireman by Joe Hill- If you're a suspense/horror person and you're not familiar with Joe Hill (aka Stephen King's son), you need to check out some of his books! Looking forward to reading his newest one, about a plague that causes people to spontaneously combust!

End of Watch by Stephen King- Speaking of King, this is the last book in the Bill Hodges trilogy (which includes Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers) and I can't wait to read about the final showdown between Detective Hodges and Brady Hartsfield!

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty- Moriarty is the queen of the beach page turner, and I have a feeling it's only going to take me a day or so to blow through this one!

The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros- I've been hearing great things about this book and am looking forward to reading it as part of my SAVERS morning routine!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr- Late to the party on this, but it's part of my reading challenge and I'm excited to dive into it!

I hope you found something new to add to your list! Let me know if you found something you liked in the comments.


  1. Oh my gosh thank you for this list! I needed some new recommendations. Seriously. I got on a roll of Elin Hilderbrand books- and need to expand my brain a tiny bit, I think... :)
    Happy Summer to you!!!

  2. I hear you about the Elin Hilderbrand books, once you pick one up it's hard to put them down! It's always good to expand your mind and read new things. I have never been one for science fiction/futuristic settings but I've been trying to branch out a bit and found a few that I enjoyed!

  3. Great recommendations! I am working on the Explore Like a Pirate Book right now and am loving it!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post! I am wnjoying that book as well!


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