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Summer Stack

Summer Stack

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Usually I’ll enter the summer with grand intentions to read more but have nothing to really show for it because I went too big. My goals were too grand, or I left them ambiguous and overarching, thinking that “read more” would translate into actual reading. Often, it doesn’t, so let’s talk about being specific and realistic in our summer reading by first starting with naming the books I want to have read when fall comes back around.

Here’s my Summer Stack, an actual stack of books I want to read this summer.

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The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie

If I want to begin more of a read-aloud culture in our family, starting with this book seems like a no-brainer. Sarah is such a delightful person, and I’m excited to learn from her as I get started in reading aloud more to my own family. That book is almost like summer reading for my summer reading; it’s the best kind of homework.

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

This book is about a guy and his girlfriend who planned this huge railway trip across the United States, but she breaks up with him before they leave. Since the tickets are in her name which is Margaret Campbell, he has to find another Margaret Campbell to go so he can go, too. Which is the sweetest little rom-com meet-cute ever. We all know what will happen, but I’m excited to read this one. I like a good rom-com love story.

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Anne Bogel says this book is great for Liane Moriarty fans, which I am, and it’s about a mother-in-law who supposedly commit suicide but it might be murder, and everyone in the family, including the daughter-in-law who had a difficult relationship with her, has motive.

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The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

One twin is on the beauty pageant circuit, and the other very much is not. But when the competing twin gets sick, she begs her sister to pretend to be her in the pageant so she doesn’t lose her spot. And of course the non-beauty-pageant twin starts to crush on a guy involved in the pageant who think she’s someone else we totally know where this is going, but I love it.

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddi

This is a Pride and Prejudice retelling set in a Muslim community in Toronto, and I’m so excited to read this one. I’m only fourth on the hold list, so I’ll throw everything else down once it comes in.


Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

I’ve never read anything other than a Gourmet cookbook by Ruth, but I love memoirs around food. This one is about her time at Gourmet magazine as a food critic and writer, so I’m pumped to read it. This is my only nonfiction book, but obviously, it’s heavy on narrative since it’s a memoir.

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Recursion by Blake Crouch

Blake Crouch’s book Dark Matter is one of my favorite novels ever. It’s so exciting and surprising and just scary enough. I loved it. Don’t read descriptions though; just enjoy the process. I’m excited to give Recursion a read after it comes out June 11.

The River by Peter Heller

This one is about two college friends camping and canoeing along a river when they come across someone alone in the woods half-dead from an attack and something else is chasing them. It’s billed as a suspenseful thriller, and I can’t wait to read it.

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

I’m actually a couple of chapters into this one already but had to put it down for a couple of library books I’m getting through, but I’m so into it so far. It’s a story where multiple storylines converge, and it all centers around this girl who was pulled from the river. Because I’m not too far in, I don’t want to give anything away, but it has a little magical realism, the setting is rich and easy to imagine which I love, and the writing is solid. I can’t wait to finish this one.

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I really loved Eleanor and Park and tend to like a YA love story. I don’t know much about this one other that it’s in a genre I enjoy, especially in the summer, by an author that I’ve enjoyed before.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

This is a super hyped book about marriage, and based on the description it ticks a lot of my boxes - intrigue, interesting characters, a story that moves, and solid writing. I tend to not dig too deep into what books are about because I like to be surprised, but I know enough about this one to assume it’ll work out.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

It’s described as a love letter to books and based on how much I’ve talked about them so far in this episode and also everywhere else in my life, that seems right for me. From what I understand, it’s about a heartbroken man who has a bookstore on a river where he helps fix people’s problems by giving them the exact book they need, but he can’t do that for himself. There’s a journey and companions on the journey and that’s about all I know, but a book like that seems perfect in the summer.

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