The OFFICIAL MRLK Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List | My Real Life KitchenOne of my favourite things to do EVER is read. Since I can remember, I had my nose buried in a book. From Roald Dahl, Judy Blume & Louis Sachar to Calvin & Hobbes and FarSide Comics, reading consumed my life. If I really liked a book, I would read it 4 or 5 times. A lot of my books were missing front covers or pages were falling out.

This love of reading came from both of my parents. Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings we would kick back in front of the fire (in the winter) or out on the back deck (in the summer). My sister and I would read Calvin & Hobbes while eating our cereal in the morning. When each of the new Harry Potter books came out, my parents bought 2 copies for us so that we could read it at the same time. We were absolutely insatiable.

Then – being a grown up happened and I stopped making time to read. I’ve been better in the last couple of years, but I have about 160 books marked “To-Read” on my Goodreads List (and I’m sure I’m missing another 100 or so) with no signs of ramping up. SO – I decided to create a summer reading list for myself. (I LOOOOVE when I have a goal). It’s a very random list, but it’s a combination of old, new, self-help & YA.

If you’d like to read along with me, let me know – we can start an online book club. (Without the meetings and the awkward small talk. I hate small talk.)

Summer Reading List

Note: All book description come from Goodreads & titles link to the Goodreads Page for the Book.

The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q Series) – Jussi Adler-Olsen
“Carl Mørck used to be one of Copenhagen’s best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl—who didn’t draw his weapon—blames himself. So a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Carl’s got only a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases for company. His colleagues snicker, but Carl may have the last laugh, because one file keeps nagging at him: a liberal politician vanished five years earlier and is presumed dead. But she isn’t dead … yet.”

This series was recommended to me by one of my cousins. I’ve probably walked by these books about 100 times at the book store, but never thought much of it. Just started the book and & really enjoying so far

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
“The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.“

I’ve already tried to get into this book and I just couldn’t. HOWEVER, some of  my lovely friends WOULDN’T stop talking about how awesome it is, so I figured the summer was a good a time as any to try again.

Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline
“Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

This book was recommended to me by a friend a couple of years ago and I have been waiting FOREVER to get it at the library (YES, I KNOW). It has finally come up so it goes on the list. It also sounds really interesting.

Paper Towns – John Green
“Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…”

Alright – straight up, I’m a sucker for John Green Books. They’re fluffy but also have SOME substance to them (not that there is ANYTHING wrong with fluff. I love fluff.) Also, I went to a VERY informative & scientific forum on Goodreads and was told that this is one of his best.

The Mime Order – Samantha Shannon
“Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…”

I actually didn’t really like the first book in this series (The Bone Season) when I first started reading it. It took me FOREVER to get into, but once I hit a certain point, I couldn’t put it down. I’m really excited for this book to come out this summer, I’m VERY curious to see what comes next. Also, clearly, I’m a fan of YA.

Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Every Day Lives – Gretchen Rubin
Whether readers want to get more sleep, stop checking their devices, maintain a healthy weight, or finish an important project, habits make change possible. Reading just a few chapters of Better Than Before will make readers eager to start work on their own habits—even before they’ve finished the book.

Want to know something funny? The whole reason I’m creating this list is because of this book. My Dad gave it to me a couple weeks ago & I’m only a few chapters in. However, Rubin suggests that if you want to create a habit, set a goal/timeline for yourself, write it down & hold yourself accountable if you want the to maintain the habit. For me, I want to get back in the habit of reading more. So, I was compelled this list of books. I really enjoy the book so far & when I’m finished, I’ll let you know what I think.

Landline – Rainbow Rowell
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.” (read more)

I just really love Rainbow Rowell. Eleanor & Park had me in tears, Fangirl was just adorable. I figure this book is a pretty safe bet.

Flowers in the Attic – V.C. Andrews
Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!

I have NEVER read this book. Not it school, not ever. Then, a few weeks ago, we were at my in-laws and they were watching the newest Lifetime movie of this book and I was HOOKED. So, this one is on the list. Plus, it’s a classic.

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons I Run Long Distance – Matthew Inman
“This is not just a book about running. It’s a book about cupcakes. It’s a book about suffering. It’s a book about gluttony, vanity, bliss, electrical storms, ranch dressing, and Godzilla. It’s a book about all the terrible and wonderful reasons we wake up each day and propel our bodies through rain, shine, heaven, and hell.”

I really love The Oatmeal. I got 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides as a Secret Santa Gift Swap gift a few years ago and have been obsessed ever since. I don’t know if it’s the crude drawings, the ridiculously over exaggerated humour & characters, but these comics actually make me laugh out loud. Also, as someone trying to get back into running, I’ve been told this will help motivate me again.

The Death Cure – James Dashner
It’s the end of the line. WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.”

I really enjoy this series. I don’t know why but I’ve been sucked in ever since the first book so I’m determined to continue.

What is on your summer reading list? Any of these? Any suggestions?

– Lisa

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