If you are a bookie like me, your summer reading list is so long that you could not imagine reaching the end before your vacation ends and you must start preparing to re-enter the real world. This year, I have decided to cut down my list to a more reasonable number, choosing the six books that I am most excited to read. I figured, why not share my list and give a little summer reading inspiration to all of you! So, here it is. A condensed reading list that covers all different genres for your many different summer adventures.
Book One: My ‘Beach’ Book
An Invisible Thread by Laura Scroff and Alex Tresniowski
When my mother told me that her book club fell in love with Laura Scroff’s new novel, I have to say, I was a bit skeptical. My mind was completely changed, however, when I opened it myself and found that it was an inspiring tale that everyone can relate to. An Invisible Thread recounts the true story of a woman who began by taking a young, boy who was begging on the street to McDonald’s and ended up with a life changing friendship. This quick, yet enjoyable, read is perfect for relaxing on the beach, and you won’t have to rush in order to finish it before your trip ends!
Books Two, Three, and Four: My ‘Boring, Long, Plane/Train/Car Ride’ Books
Inferno by Dan Brown
What is better for spicing up a long ride to your vacation destination than a fun adventure novel! Dan Brown, the author of one of my favorite books, The DaVinci Code, has created another exciting tale following Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor, as he attempts to discover what landed him in an Italian hospital with no memory and a strange object hidden in his coat. While it is a longer book, it certainly kills time and keeps you excited the whole way through.
The Secret History by Donna Tart
Another gripping tale, perfect for college students. Donna Tart’s international best seller is another fun, fiction book that is perfect for passing time. Based around of group of college students who are introduced to a new way of thinking by their rather interesting professor, this book takes you through their journey from normal college kids to corrupted young adults.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This book has been recommended to me over and over again, and now I understand why. If you like twists and turns, this beautifully written story is the book for you. Paulo Coelho writes of a shepherd boy who goes on an incredible journey to find treasure buried under the Egyptian pyramids. As he travels, he is introduced to an array of characters, among them an alchemist, who help him on his quest. While it is not as long as the other books I mentioned for this category, it still hooks any reader and keeps him or her guessing through the whole novel.
Book Five: My ‘Sitting On My Back Porch’ Book
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Most busy, hard-working women, such as myself, do not have time to take a real vacation, so traveling to the beach is not the time to indulge in our reading lists. After a long day of work, however, it is nice to unwind and sit down with a good book in the comfort of your own yard. Tina Fey’s autobiography is the perfect mix of humor and inspiration for every working girl.
Book Six: My ‘It’s Raining On A Sunday’ Book
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Cross
Any Gossip Girl fans out there? Well if you loved Gossip Girl, Lauren Graham, who recently released a novel about a girl struggling to make it as an actress in New York City, is the author for you! This book is a light, easy read, that will keep you giggling and inspired the whole way through. For a rainy, summer day, I cannot think of a better book to lift your spirits and keep you looking forward to the sun coming out again!