2016 Summer Reading List (8 books)

Now that my exams are finally over, I can relax and have fun in the sun. I’ll swim, bake, write (a lot), and ooh!  I could go horseback riding. One of my best friends started lessons today and she invited me to go sometime. SQUUEEEEEE! If I should tell you something about myself, it’s that I absolutely adore horses. I just do. They’re amazing creatures but I haven’t had the privilege to ride one yet! Ha, that’s going to change soon.

Of course, I cannot forget one of the most important things (aside from food and sleep<3)- reading! For as long as I can remember, my summers were spent between the pages of beautiful, fictional worlds. I used to just lie on the carpet and read as my grandma prepared lunch. The sun would peek through the big window and cast a little box of light where I read.

Libraries have always been one of my favourite places. What a dream-come-true they are! Millions and millions of delicious books. I remember having my poor mom carry home a huge bag bursting with books. Sorry mom!

Sigh, the good old days.

To this day, I believe a summer is not complete without some quality reading time. So without further ado, here are 8 books I plan to indulge in this summer!

1.The Unexpected Everything
By: Morgan Matson
Summary: Andie has always lived a very planned life until a political scandal throws her carefully planned summer away. Now she has to live with her dad do things she’s never had to do before (i.e. walking dogs) Andie learns that sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

This book speaks to me. I love schedules and plans- I don’t think I can endure a summer where everything is unexpected. Who knows? Maybe I’ll learn something!

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2. A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, and Other Badass Girls
By: Jessica Spotswood, J. Anderson Coats, Andrea Cremer, Y.S. Lee, Katherine Longshore, Marie Lu, Kekla Magoon, Marissa Meyer, Saundra Mitchell, Beth Revis, Caroline Tung Richmond, Lindsay Smith, Robin Talley, Leslye Walton, and Elizabeth Wein
Summary: A collection of 15 stories about strong American girls paving their own road to success.

I’m really looking foward in reading this book. I mean c’mon, 15 badass girls from hobos to heiresses who face murderers to marriages? How cool is that!

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #1)

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3. Deep Blue 

By: Jennifer Donnelly
Summary: Serafina is the heir to the ruler of the seafolk. Worried about not meeting her mother’s expectations, Serafina meets her worst fears as the kingdom disrupts into chaos. She and her friend must embark on a quest to look for an assassin and stop a war. Along the way, they meet other mermaid heroines and form a strong bond of sisterhood as they save their underwater world.

I know, I know, this book sounds a little cheesy and perhaps childish. The little girl in me was drawn to the whole mermaid idea so I’m going to give it a try. 😀

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4. To Kill a Mockingbird
By: Harper Lee
Summary: I haven’t found a short and sweet summary on this but according to Goodreads, this book “takes readers to the roots of human behaviour—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humour and pathos”.

This is a popular classic book that I must read- I want to see this “masterpiece of American literature” myself.

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5. Animal Farm
By: George Orwell
Summary: One day Mr. Jones forgets to feed the pigs, sparking a huge rebellion lead by the pigs. Soon the pigs take things into their own hands quoting: “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.” The socialist/communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union is touched on in this book.

This is another classic that I probably should read. Plus, the plot is so unique! Pigs overthrowing a farm and establishing their own rules seems to be something that jumped out a Robert Munsch.

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6.Little Women
By: Lousia May Alcott
Summary: A tale of four sisters and how they survive poverty and the absence of their father during the civil war.

I’ve read simplified versions of this book when I was younger and I think it’s quite interesting. I’m ready to read the real version!

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Image from Penguin Books

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
By: J.K. Rowling
Summary: Harry’s life changes forever when he is enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

I have tried countless times in the past to try to get through a Harry Potter book. Unfortunately, I have not yet succeeded. Maybe this is the summer I will!

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8. Business Adventures
By: John Brooks
Summary: A collection of 12 stories about Wall Street that reveal the nature of the world of finance.

Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, yup, they recommended this book. What more is there to say?

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What is on your reading list this summer?

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