I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My mom recalls that anytime she was looking for me as a child, she could always find me one of two places: reading in bed (in the winter) or reading under a tree (in the summer).
Not much has changed since those days. When I need to take a mental health vacation day, I shut off my phone and curl up with a good book.
Sometimes I get really crazy with it and read in a tent on my back acreage:
Like a lot of people who enjoy the nostalgia of reading, it took me a bit to come around to the whole e-book thing.
Once I started traveling a lot, I found that it was impractical to carry multiple books with me in my luggage and finally made the switch over to using a Kindle. I still order a physical copy now and then, but nothing beats the convenience of an instant download.
This past year, I took things a step further and dove headfirst into the world of audio books. As a total Amazon junkie (I couldn’t live without my Prime and Kindle Unlimited subscriptions), using Audible was a natural decision!
Oddly enough, Audible reached out to me about sponsoring a post on The Wanderlust Kitchen. I jumped at the opportunity and knew just what I wanted to write about: summer reading!
Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. The dog days of summer are upon us and it’s time to sink our teeth into some page-turners.
Summer is the perfect time to catch up on some reading – I especially love listening to books on Audible when I’m camping, gardening, or on a long road-trip.
I’ve tried to limit these summer reading lists, but I read a LOT and it was hard for me to avoid turning this post itself into a novel.
To keep things simple, I’ve divided this post into two sections: the first is my recommended reading list, which contains my personal recommendations for books to read this summer. I’ve read every one of these books within the past six months, and knew I had to share them with you all.
The second section contains my summer reading bucket list (which is pretty self explanatory). If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to hear your opinion of the book in the comments section – but NO spoilers!!
All of these books are available for listening on Audible — you can head over and download your book of choice with their handy 1-month free trial! Make sure you come back and tell me how you liked it.
Alright, without further adieu…
Recommended Summer Reading List
|| Fiction ||
Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
If you liked LOST, you’ll love this book. It has action, adventure, romance, and mystery. If you read it, let me know what you think about the ending!
While You Were Mine by Ann Howard Creel
This was a total tear-jerker for me. It’s a very classic-style novel and is also interesting from a historical perspective.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Do you like thrillers as much as I do? I’ve ridden on quite a few trains around London this past year, so this book really interested me. If you enjoyed Gone Girl, you’ll like this novel, too. The main character is kind of a mess, but you’ll love her in spite (or because) of it.
The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons
This book was SUPER interesting. It’s a mystery with plenty of suspense, but it doesn’t skimp on the character development. FitzSimmons is coming out with another book in what he’s calling the Gibson Vaughn series (named after the series’ protagonist). Definitely pre-ordering that one!
The Magicians (Book 1 of The Magicians Series by Lev Grossman)
This quote by George R. R. Martin says it all: “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.” I really loved this series, even though it was hard to read at times as some of the material gets pretty dark. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED. I’m just about ready to re-read these three books!
The Atlantis Gene (Book 1 of The Origin Mystery series by A. G. Riddle)
I love dystopian novels and science fiction, and this series delivered an engrossing reading experience. I couldn’t put it down! Also check out his awesome new book, Departure.
|| Nonfiction ||
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
I love anything by Tara Brach – she has lots of speeches and guided meditations on Audible! It’s not very often that I can say a book truly changed my life, but both Radical Acceptance and True Refuge helped shape me as a person.
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Another author whose books are always wonderful. I love listening to something inspirational in the morning, and Hanh knows just how to make me feel centered and remind me to focus on what’s important.
Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel
I was first introduced to Esther’s work though a TED talk on long-term relational love. I was blown away by her no-nonsense approach and her amusing anecdotes. This book provides a ton of insight into the unique challenges we face in modern relationships.
My Summer Reading Bucket List
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet. As someone who recently lost a parent, went through a divorce, and lives in the Pacific Northwest, this seems like something that will really resonate with me.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
I don’t know how this is possible, but I *still* haven’t read The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Once I finish that, I’m looking forward to reading In Defense of Food and Cooked (all by Michael Pollan!)
The Post Human Series (Omnibus Version) by David Simpson
A dystopian series that’s nearly twenty-five hours long? That could get me to Europe and back! Don’t mind if I do.
Vanished – Book 1 of the Callahan & McClane Series by Kendra Elliot
I adore mystery/crime/suspense/thriller series, so I have a feeling I’m going to love these books!
Siddhartha’s Brain: Unlocking the Science of Enlightenment by James Kingsland
I double-majored in Psychology and Philosophy, and I’ve always held a strong interest in Eastern philosophy. This is definitely going on my list for morning-inspirational-reading.
Alright, I think that’s probably enough to keep us all busy this summer! Don’t forget to let me know what you think it the comments below 🙂
For more book recommendations, check out my list of International Cookbooks as well as my Top 10 Free International Cookbooks on Kindle Unlimited!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.