When I was a kid, I really wasn’t much of a reader. I would read for school but you would never see me pick up a book if it wasn’t a part of a classroom assignment. That all changed when I decided to pick up the first Harry Potter book. I was late to the game, the first 4 books had already been published. However, it gave me the opportunity to read all 4 books in just over a week. Harry Potter opened up a world I could get lost in, where the characters and details were so vivid it still doesn’t feel like fiction. And to many of us, it isn’t since these characters and story are just as much a part of our childhood as anything else. Harry Potter taught me that reading could be an escape and I’ve been picking up books ever since. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I’d thought I’d share the 10 Books on My Summer To-Read List!
10 Books on My Summer To-Read List
If you are a fan of suspense novels like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, this will be a book you want to add to your to-read list as well! Lo Blacklock, is a journalist who writes for a travel magazine. She has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. However, Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.
I’ve heard so much praise about this memoir that I knew it was one that I need to read. Before turning 30, Erin Loechner had built a fan base of over 1 million worldwide. She was constantly praised for her authentic voice and effortless style. In a sense, she had it all. In Chasing Slow, Erin turns away from the path she was on and re-focuses her priorities and shifts her perspective (and yours) to the journey that matters most.
I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction so after reading this description of this novel, I knew it is the type of book that I’ll enjoy. Based in 1922, it follows the story of the story of Count Alexander Rostov. Rostov has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
I’m always looking for books that can inspire me. In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are.
If you enjoy suspense, here is another one to add to your list. By the same author as The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers another urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read. A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
I’ve been a huge fan of Jennifer Weiner’s novels since I started reading them back in college so when I heard that she has written a nonfiction book centered around her own life, I knew it was something I wanted to read. Like any Jennifer Weiner novel, it will be a raw look at her life making you laugh and cry.