My Summer Reading List

My kid has acquired a total of FOUR reading logs this summer. I’m not complaining. I’m excited he’s reading chapter books now. I also like it because it gives me an opportunity to sit down and read a book myself. Surprisingly, I struggle at this. If Aiden does a quiet activity I always feel like doing housework. I wasn’t that mom that napped when baby napped. (Did any mom actually do that voluntarily?) Similarly, if you ask me to go to the movies I’ll hesitate to answer because I know I could be doing something productive in the time it takes to watch the movie. You have to force me to relax! What is wrong with me?!

So look, I made a reading list that I’m going to try to accomplish. I even made a pretty graphic! I want to have fun with it and explore a variety of genres. I referenced a HUGE list on my phone of titles I want to read should they become available at my library, and narrowed them down to these. I also have alternatives if they’re not available to me.

Something Non-Fiction: Bossypants by Tina Fey – I got this at the thrift shop and am excited to read it! I love Tina!

Something Fiction: In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende (just finished this! as a first-time reader of Allende I am sold on her ability to tell stories of people who could exist in real life. she creates stories and characters based on her personal experiences, historical events, and pay homage to the lives of women. at the same time I was reading this, current U.S. immigration events took a terrible turn and it affected me emotionally more than normal.)

Something Fun: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – I had this on my list for a few years but now that they’re making a movie I had to put this closer to the top of my priority list. I’m aware that this novel perceives certain Asians in a particular way that isn’t a positive one, and I’m not here to act like this book represents me, but I’d still like to read it as just a work of fiction.

Something Young Adult: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – I’ve heard good things about this! I’m pretty sure there’s a wait list…
Alternative: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Something Classic: I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb – I’m not sure what makes a book a “classic” but this was published twenty years ago so it makes it good enough for me to read.
Alternatives- Dante’s Inferno / The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes

Something Super Serious: (I left this category wiiiiide open, but I’m using it as opportunity to read something that has educational value) How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care) has been in my possession for close to ten years. I bought it at the suggestion of my choral conductor because I expressed some thought-provoking comments at my audition! I don’t remember what I said, but I made sure to make myself seem like I know what i’m doing as a singer. He let me borrow his hard-copy and I started to read it, then bought a copy for myself after I’d borrowed his for far too long. I’ve read bits and pieces but never from cover to cover. As a student of music I’m probably doing myself a disservice for not actually reading it!

I think six books is good. I’m setting the bar really low but even a part of me thinks this is a really big goal to accomplish. Let’s find out!

What books are you reading? Are you just trying to get to the end of articles? Did you know there are book club-style groups for reading articles?

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