After reading about Anne’s summer reading list at Modern Mrs. Darcy this week, I thought it might be fun to share the titles that are currently on my own to-read list for this summer! Some are new to me, some are re-reads, and some are old favorites that I’m excited to revisit. Enjoy!
Blackout by Connie Willis
It’s no secret that Connie Willis is one of my very favorite modern authors. In fact, if I could choose one modern author whose sheer storytelling power has inspired me the most in my own writing, I would probably pick Connie. Yes, she’s really that good. If you haven’t read her before, I highly recommend starting with To Say Nothing of the Dog (I’ll admit that it took me two tries to really “get into” this one, but once I did… it is a sheer delight!) and then, if you’re anything like me, obsessing over the rest of her witty and deeply profound stories. I won’t even attempt to deny that this one is especially moving to me since our recent trip to Europe, when I turned into a blubbering, emotional mess sitting in St. Paul’s cathedral, which figures prominently in both Blackout and the gripping sequel, All Clear.
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
We’re all at least mildly familiar with the story – it was, after all, something of a worldwide phenomenon – but did you know that the tale of Phantom began with a novel? Not only that, but it’s a fantastic read. I haven’t read it since high school, but our recent trip to Paris and actually visiting the Palais Garnier peaked my interest in reading it again.
The Story Within by Laura Oliver – I try to always be reading a book on writing, and this was a favorite from my 2014 reading. I’m picking up new things this time, which I always count as the mark of a true classic.
The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong – a childhood favorite, and my pick for the childhood favorite category for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge.
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton – Does it count as a re-read if I only made it through a third of the book the first time? Oops. I know this is a classic for a reason, and I’m determined to get through it this year.
“New” Reads: (Titles I have not read before)
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – I know. I don’t know how I’ve not read it yet either! I actually picked up my copy in a thrift store last year (score!), and I just haven’t dug into it yet.
Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford - I’ve made several false starts on this one over the years as well, and I’ve realized recently that I need some practicing with reading something more challenging. This one fits the bill perfectly.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss – I know I cannot call myself an English nerd without reading this one! It comes with the very highest of recommendations, and I can’t wait to read it.
The Irrational Season by Madeleine L’Engle – I adore Madeleine L’Engle, and I have made it a life goal to read every single book she ever wrote. This is book 3 in the “Crosswicks Journal” series, and I can’t wait to savor every word.
Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald: The Rise and Fall of a Literary Friendship by Scott Donaldson – This one was another thrift store find that looked intriguing, although I don’t know anything else about it. Obviously the subject matter interests me, though!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Another classic that I can’t believe I’ve never read!
Neither Here nor There and In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson – My dear friend Melissa recommended Bryson to me last year, and I am currently thoroughly enjoying his A Walk in the Woods. I can’t wait to enjoy these two, which are sitting and waiting on my shelf!
Finally, not yet released yet, but will be this year! The Lake House by Kate Morton (who is rapidly becoming my new author crush) and Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman (because, obviously, she’s my favorite and I’m pre-ordering this one!).
I know this list is ambitious to say the least, but realistically, it will probably carry me through the fall as well – my favorite reading season! What do you have on your summer reading list?! Tell me in the comments!