Summer Reading: 5 books I own, 5 books I want.

summer reading list 2014

I haven’t stuck to a reading list in awhile and the growing stack of unread books on my shelves and on my kindle are proof of this. I like a certain amount of freedom in my reading but I think it’s good to add in some structure now and then to keep things moving forward. As summer rolls around and bloggers, schools and libraries everywhere start curating their summer reading lists, I feel I’d be remiss not to add mine to the proverbial pile.

We’re looking at a jam packed summer that will likely have me e-reading more than not, so I’m focusing my 2014 Summer Reading List on 5 books on my Kindle and 5 books I’m seriously considering downloading to my kindle. I make no promises, obviously, and have little intention of trying to read all ten of these. I just like to give myself a wide selection. Anyway, here are some of the books I’d like to read this summer:

5 Books I Own


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – My book club is reading this next month and I’m hoping to finish it in time for the discussion. It’s a LONG book but sounds really good and it’s been getting a ton of press (you know, like winning the Pulitzer Prize – no big).

Requiem by Lauren Oliver – The last in a series that I bought awhile ago and then forgot I hadn’t read. One of many dystopian serials I’ve been reading in recent years. This one is about a society that considers love a disease.

Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster – Would a summer really be complete if I didn’t read a book by Jen Lancaster? I think not. It’s about a psychologist with her own tv reality show who helps people become their best selves while struggling to earn her family’s respect. Obviously hilarity ensues.

Reached by Allie Condie – Another dystopian series that I need to finish. In this series, the government pretty much chooses your entire life for you. They statistically determine your perfect spouse, career, etc. A momentary glitch showed the main character a glimpse at another life and…

The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes – I bought this one at the recommendation of Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy. The story moves from France 1916 during WWI to a century later following the lives of two women putting their beliefs to the test. Whatever happened to the girl you left behind?

Books I Want


Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan – A comedic memoir on parenting from a stand-up comedian. This has been getting a lot of press and reading the introduction online, I’m definitely hooked. I think my husband and I would both like this one, so obviously I should buy it right?

White Girl Problems by Babe Walker – A friend mentioned this one on Facebook and it sounds like something I’d like. After landing herself in shopping rehab, Walker wrote a memoir revealing the gut-wrenching hurdles she’s had to overcome in order to be perfect in every way, every day.

The One by Kiera Cass – Do you guys remember when I devoured all the previous books in this series in like two days? The latest book in the series just came out and I’m rabidly anxious to get my hands on a copy. It’s sort of like a dystopian royal version of The Bachelor and I’m obsessed.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – This one may get picked for book club this summer (crossing my fingers for an excuse to buy it).  Another literary pick getting a lot of press, centered around a bookstore that is more than it seems…

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – Now that I’ve read and adored Fangirl and Eleanor & Park, this one is next on my Rainbow Rowell Must Read Now List. It’s an epistolary love story centering around a company that monitors all internal email conversations. MUST READ NOW.

So that’s my list – what are you hoping to read this summer?

6 responses to “Summer Reading: 5 books I own, 5 books I want.”

  1. Jean Avatar

    I may have to look into your other dystopian suggestions. Like I need more YA dystopian in my life. I am intrigued though for a later when I have ran out of stuff to read..ha.
    I definitely need to own the Selection series. Sigh. It feels like it’s been a sweet forever since I read the last one.
    I was surprised to find The Night Circus ready to download from the library. So it looks like I’ve added to my previous list. I know I’m way behind on jumping on the bandwagon. I think I’m afraid that the heft of this one is going to take a lot of reading time. I’m guessing it will be worth it. 🙂


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      The Night Circus was amazing, you definitely need to read it!


  2. Betsy Avatar

    I added a few of yours to my goodreads list. I need to stop adding and start reading the ones I have lol


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      I’m so bad at that! It’s seriously an addiction!


  3. Maggie Avatar

    The Girl You Left Behind was a great read! I’m hoping to read her next one, One Plus One, when it comes out in July.
    I feel like I’ve read so many dystopian YA series that their just not holding my interest anymore. I guess I’m over it.


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      I think I am very close to feeling “over it” also though I do want to finish the book series that I’ve started.