Before I dive into my Summer 2020 Reading list, if you missed my last post; I Stand With You, Always. I urge you to please give it a read. I will not stay quiet on this topic of Race in America, Canada and the world. I truly hope that this sparks lasting change in the world around us. I truly hope what you are seeing on the news and on social media lights a fire in your heart, and makes you want to fight harder for our kids so they will never have to worry about fighting for something that should never have been something to fight for anyways.
I also want to apologize in advance, I have a lot on my heart, and in my mind about all that’s going on and really struggled to write this post today.
To me Summer means warm days, and time spent outside on the patio with family and the smell of barbecue lingering in the air. It means cold ice cream on warm summer nights, drive in movies and day trips to the lake. The one thing I love the most about summer is: it means more books, more time to read! Since most stores where I am are still closed, I’ve been doing a lot of hunting online for some good summer reads, along with what I have on my bookshelf, and I’ve compiled a list of what’s on my summer 2020 reading list!
UNTAMED – GLENNON DOYLE (Well Being, Self Help)
I’ve seen this book floating around social media for sometime now and have heard nothing but rave reviews! I’ve never read a book by Glennon Doyle, but I got a chance to read some backstory on her: Glennon Doyle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, as well as the New York Times bestseller Carry On, Warrior. An activist, speaker, and thought leader, she is also the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women led nonprofit organization.
Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. This is how you find yourself. There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent—even from ourselves. Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get.
This Book is for You If: You’re looking for motivation in your life, If you want to change but need to courage to do so. This is a book of empowerment.
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING – DELIA OWENS (General Fiction)
Another book I’ve seen floating around all over social media, and receiving a lot of praise!
For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
This Book if For You If: You love a Murder mystery, naturalist guide and stark depiction of societies hierarchal states – this novel has it all as we search for a truth among the many this novel passes through. If you give it a chance, I am sure you too will not want this novel to end. (Taken from the comments section)
JUST MERCY – BRYAN STEVENSON (True Crime, General True Crime)
I’ve been wanting to read, and watch this movie since I saw the trailer a couple months ago! Now more than every it seems like we all should be reading and consuming more information to make sure we are all striving to be actively anti-racial.
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
This Book is For You If: You simply want to educate yourself on the issues that tear us apart.
YOU SAY IT FIRST – KATIE COTUNGO (Young Adult Romance, Fiction, Romance)
OKAY, I mean come on, I feel like everyone loves a good summer romance! I was browsing the Chapters/Indigo website when I came across this and it just looks so light and fun and something that is an easy sweet read.
One conversation can change everything. Meg has her entire life set up perfectly: she and her best friend, Emily, plan to head to Cornell together in the fall, and she works at a voter registration call centre in her Philadelphia suburb. But everything changes when one of those calls connects her to a stranger from small-town Ohio. Colby is stuck in a rut, reeling from a family tragedy and working a dead-end job. The last thing he has time for is some privileged rich girl preaching the sanctity of the political process. So he says the worst thing he can think of and hangs up. But things don’t end there.…That night on the phone winds up being the first in a series of candid, sometimes heated, always surprising conversations that lead to a long-distance friendship and then—slowly—to something more.
This Book is For You If: You love a summer romance novel!
LABYRINTH – CATHERINE COULTER (Romance, General Romance, Thriller)
This book has been on my shelf for a couple months now, initially I was planning on taking this abroad for a trip but alas that trip never happened so here we are.
On a Tuesday afternoon, Agent Sherlock is driving in downtown Washington when her Volvo is suddenly T-boned at an intersection. As her car spins out of control, a man’s body slams against her windshield and then—blackness. When she finally regains consciousness in the hospital, she’s told about the accident and the man she struck. No one knows yet who he is or where he is because he ran away. From DNA, they discover his name is Justice Cummings and he’s a CIA analyst at Langley…and he’s still missing.
THE BEST OF ME – NICHOLAS SPARKS (Fiction, General Fiction)
This book. This damn book has been on my bookshelf for years I feel so guilty about not reading and always starting it, but finding something else to read instead. So here’s to me reading it this summer !!
In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths. Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives.
This Book is For You If: You are a fan of Nicholas Sparks, love a summer romance and want a more mature love story.
ONE OF US IS LYING – KAREN M. MCMANUS (Teen Fiction)
I don’t typical read anymore teen fiction novels but I know that this novel has been getting a lot of attention as it is currently being made into a Netflix TV Show.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
This Book is For You If: You are a fan of Pretty Little Liars, and the Breakfast Club. If you like a good ol’ murder mystery.
I hope you enjoyed my Summer 2020 Reading list ! What’s on your list?
I hope you are all staying safe, and healthy. Sending love to you all.