Summer Reading List 2024!

Summer Reading List 2024!

A new season is upon us! That means a whole new book list for us to dive into! This is always an exciting time and I’m looking forward to enjoying reading all these books. Out of all of the books I have listed I am only rereading one of them. The rest are brand new and waiting for me to enjoy.

For me, summer is all about romance, growth, history, and a bit of science fiction. Science fiction is the one genre I don't get a feel for what season it belongs to. For example, fantasy is an autumn genre, regency romance belongs to spring, and romance belongs to summer. So, I just lumped science fiction into summer, though it doesn’t feel so summery to me.

I have 14 books ready to introduce to you. Hopefully, I inspire you to pick one up yourself! 

Let's Jump In!

1. The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan

 I saw this book at Barnes & Noble out of the corner of my eye and the cover and title intrigued me. It sounds like a sweet romantic read perfect for the summer. I'm such a sucker for the back-in-the-day books, where life was difficult with war, famine, or just lack of technology that we enjoy today. And yet they can still enjoy life, find love, and have a sweet family and surrounding friends. It’s such a simpler way of life that I crave. 

 In the World War I era, this book surrounds three ladies who live in Britain. Fashion designer, Cressida Westcott loses her business and home to the war and is going to live with her niece and nephew in a small town. 

Her niece, Violet Westcott is looking forward to having her intriguing aunt come and live with them since life has been a bit dreadful since the war began. Her conscription letter comes along with her aunt, and she wants to find a husband. How she will ever find a husband when wearing a frumpy uniform that does nothing for one's figure is beyond me.

Lastly, we have Grace Carlisle, a vicar's daughter who is trying to fix her mother's wedding dress. So, she can still have the white wedding she's always dreamed of. She recruits the help of Cressida at the Sewing Circle meeting, where eventually they realize how much Cressida can teach them, and not just about sewing.

 

2. Down to Earth by Rhonda Hetzel

 I am always open to any book that brings new ideas to simpler ways of living. I am the type of person who wants to bake bread at home and plant a garden, and of course, we can't use regular laundry soap anymore, because that's bad for us. Sadly, I am forced to use some things, so I try to mix both ways of life, simple yet advanced in our day and age. 

Rhonda Hetzel in her books shows us how to find joy and meaning in a simpler way of life without actually breaking the budget. She shares ideas and tips she has learned throughout her life. Whether it be growing tomatoes or making your soap, Rhonda guides us through her book to a simpler but meaningful life. 

 

3. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

 

Wow! This book has been on my to-be-read list for about four years. And yet, I still haven't read it. I've heard this book is a must-read science fiction book. However, I found it in the fantasy section. So, I am not completely sure which genre it will be in until I read it. Either way, I will read it this summer and, hopefully, be fully enthralled with it. Enthralled enough to buy the next book in the series. If you're wondering, it is a trilogy. 

The world ends a few times in this book for Essun. Three times to be precise. First, Essun lives in a small town with her husband and children. When she comes home one day, she finds her husband has murdered her boys and kidnapped her daughter. Next, Sanza the empire that has been the driving force of innovation and government has completely collapsed under the reign of a madman who murders many of its citizens for vengeance. Finally, the continent everyone lives on, Stillness, has been torn apart and spews lava and ash to cover the earth's atmosphere for perhaps a few centuries. 

Essun ventures through all of the chaos to save the only child she has left, even if she has to break the rest of whatever is left of her life, civilization, and continent. 

 

4. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

I have watched the movie, and I always wonder if there is a book that goes along. Walking along the bookstore I stumbled across it and am so excited there is a book! My friends showed me this movie, and it nearly brought me to tears in certain parts. It is such a cute story of an Irish woman who travels to Brooklyn to escape the small town she is from, leaving her fragile mother and eccentric sister behind, and begins working in a new bustling world. It's full of romance, drama, and a longing for home. I am hoping the book is better than the movie. :D 

 

5. Rich Dad Poor Dad by  Robert Kiyosaki 

As a woman running her own business, I know little about money and much less about how to truly use it. So, I decided to read Rich Dad Poor Dad, which is the most prolific book about money out there. This book has probably helped many people become millionaires or at least not be afraid of money and how to use it.  

Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert Kiyosaki's story about the lessons his father and his friend's father taught him about money. His father is a poor father with a poor mindset about money, but his friend's father wants his money to work for him. Many lessons about money are filled within these pages which might just switch our mindset of how money should be used. 

 

6. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I believe I picked Red Rising randomly from Barnes and Noble. I must have liked the cover as well as the summary. Science fiction indeed, as this book takes place on Mars, and like any dystopian book, the people of Mars are separated into factions. However, I believe they are color-coded into groups.

We follow Darrow, who is part of Red. The lower part of society. He works day in and day out to make Mars a habitable planet for future generations. Sadly, he has been lied to his entire life. Life on Mars has been achieved and the other colors are enjoying the cities and parks, where he and his fellow Reds are slaving away. 

Justice is his main goal when he sacrifices everything to infiltrate the Institute and become one of them. The Institute is where the rulers of this world struggle for power, the Golds. The most brutal people in this society are his competitors, but he will not stop until he has won his prize. 

 

7. The Library of Legends by Janie Chang

I found this book when I was just scanning through books at a local bookstore. Super cute bookstore, and yet I can't remember the name of it. This book had once again a beautiful cover and a super interesting title. How could I not check this book out? 

This book is set in 1937 China, where Japanese bombs begin falling on the city of Nanking. Hu Lian, a nineteen-year-old girl who goes to Minghua University has to flee with her classmates and school faculty. They need to reach China's western province which is 1,000 miles away with the added fear of aerial attack from Japan. She is not only fighting for her life and the lives of the refugees around her. But is fighting to protect an irreplaceable treasure, a 500-year-old collection of myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends. 

Their constant vigilance and need to protect their treasure bring about friendships and romantic relationships. Lian forms a friendship and something of a romance with the handsome and wealthy Liu Shaoming. The constant fear when some of their classmates are arrested and even murdered, Lian realizes she must leave before one of her family secrets is revealed and puts her in much greater danger. 

She makes her way to Shanghai and learns much about the legends and their true origins. These books traveling along the country reveal secrets and awaken guardians and spirits who are trying to escape themselves. All of this can change the ways and fate of the country forever. 

 

8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

This book has been on my TBR list for a few years now. I am hoping to read it this summer. It's such a classic book, that everyone I know has read it except me. For some reason, I have always thought of it as a philosophical book, though it is that, it is also a captivating story. 

The book is an exotic dystopian world where babies are created on a conveyor belt, and designed to be leaders, menial workers, and everything in between. A place where 'Mother' and 'Father' are horrible titles, and people drug themselves to avoid feeling anything remotely uncomfortable. To take us through this world is Bernard, who is a leader but short, John, the only main character that is born outside of the World State, Lenina Crowne, who is a vaccination worker and is unorthodox because she only dates one man at a time, and a few more characters I won't mention. The world is intriguing and the writing is supposed to be genius in many way.  

 

9. The Sicilian by Mario Puzo

I have read The Godfather, and that is one of my favorite books of all time. I understand now why men are so obsessed with it. But now I found this lovely book hidden on my shelves and decided to pick it up and read it. It sounds like such a great read!

The story is set in 1950 Sicily, where Michael Corleone is getting close to finishing his exile. Before he can return, the Godfather has ordered him to find and bring back a man with him. The man is a young Sicilian bandit called Salvatore Giuliano. This man has stood up to the corruption of Cosa Nostra. He is a man of romance, loyalty, and violence. Michael Corleone is now forced into an unrelenting friendship with the ultimate Sicilian. 

 

10. Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

I am finishing Jordan Peterson's first book, 12 Rules for Life. And I am looking forward to reading his next one. I have read Beyond Order before, and I will say, his writing improved between these books. I enjoy his stories and analogies that go into such detail you kind of forget what the point was until he brings it all together in the end. 

This book brings balance to his other book. Whereas, the other book talks about discipline, guidance, and how to bring stability into one's life. This book flips it and is about how too much control can become tyrannical and leave us powerless. We need the Yin and the Yang to live a fully balanced life, where order and chaos can work together to build a prosperous life. 

 

11. Quiet Marketing by Danielle Gardner

I saw this book somewhere in the depths of Pinterest. Running an online store comes with a decent amount of challenges. Marketing is a pretty big one. How do I want to market my product? Should I put my face on every product? How about making personal videos to grow my personal brand? All of these questions running through my mind about how to market my product can be overwhelming at times. Slowly I'm realizing that I don't want to be the face of my company, but just let it be faceless. Sooo, how do I do that exactly? Well, this book teaches exactly how to be online, but not have to be online constantly promoting a product. 

A simpler way to market online, and find the ideal customer for you. I am looking for alternative marketing strategies rather than taking hours and hours on end to promote daily. Hopefully, this book will help!

 

12. The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

I have liked Gary Vaynerchuk for a few years now. I have read 2 of his books. To me, his books are more about flipping through them, reading the important parts, and leaving all of the fluff to be enjoyed later. He uses a lot of stories and examples, which are encouraging and fun to read. This book is no different. 

The Thank You Economy is about how the relationship between business and consumers has been changing and how to build that relationship so it thrives and both parties are getting exactly what they need. I've heard that this book could have just been an article, but I do like specific examples of certain things. So, I am going to give this a read and hope for the best. :D

 

13. The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam 

I have always believed I should read more history. I have friends who know so much, and yet I am left baffled by how much I do not know. So here I am trying to learn more. The Coldest Winter is a book I have had for at least 2 years, and the poor thing still hasn’t been read. This summer I am determined to read it. 

This book is an in-depth read about the Korean War and all the players involved. David Halberstam is a journalist who then takes his 45 years of writing to publish a narrative of the political decisions, miscalculations from the various sides, and a clear image of the common soldiers who suffered firsthand.

I am looking forward to reading about the "forgotten war" and hopefully remembering more about the people who lived through it.

 

14. Artemis by Andy Weir

I have not heard of this book! I love Andy Weir's books. The Martian is one of the best books I've read, with its humor and the massive desire for Mark to survive. I was looking through his book at Barnes & Noble to see if he came out with any new books. I saw this one on the shelf which has apparently been out since 2017. I am excited to read another one of his books.

Artemis is the first and only city on the moon, which can be a great place to live if you are rich and can afford all the luxuries the moon can offer. But for Jazz, a sort of criminal, it's not so easy and fun. She just does a few little illegal things here and there. 

Once in a while smuggling in contraband doesn't really make you a criminal right? 

But when you are struggling to pay the rent. You need to go big or go home. Jazz finds the perfect opportunity to solve all of her money problems with the one perfect crime. But pulling off this perfect crime leads to a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself which is much more than she bargained for.  

Seems like such an interesting concept and a fun character to follow along this city of the moon. 

 

Conclusion:

Well, these are the books I am hoping to read this summer! I got carried away a bit with the summaries, but some are quite long. I am sure one of these books will be a great summer read for you. 

I haven't read all of the books on my spring reading list yet. One day I will finish reading those, but now is the time for new summer books. I am excited to begin reading and hopefully finish them all. :D 

Let me know what you will be reading this summer! And perhaps maybe I'll add it to my list as well!

 

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