Summer Reading Lists
I recently ran across an article about Barack Obama’s 2019 summer reading list and thought — how cool is this? I mean, of course, I looked for titles I have read or if I am reading some of the same books — and I am! I, too, inspired by the loss of one of our American literary geniuses, Toni Morrison, feel the need to revisit her works and read the ones I have been meaning to read.
Here are some recommendations for you if you are looking to finish a few more great reads this summer before the long hot days and humid firefly nights dissolve into Autumn.
The collected works of Toni Morrison (I am currently re-reading The Bluest Eye)
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Inland by Téa Obreht
How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
Maid by Stephanie Land
Reese Witherspoon has a book club, Hello Sunshine. Her summer reading books this year:
The Last Guest House by Megan Miranda (for August)
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker (July pick)
The Cactus by Sarah Haywood (June pick)
Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club is now in its 22nd year!
The book club is currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. The book club to date has featured 80 books! I have read a few more than a dozen of them and I have to say, I do enjoy Oprah’s literary tastes!
Tom Hanks is apparently a writer and literary fanatic — who knew? A recommendation from him is A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. Emma Warson has a feminist book club on Goodreads called Our Shared Shelf which previously recommended Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. Sarah Jessica Parker frequently recommends books on her Instagram such as She Would Be King, by Wayetu Moore.
I just finished Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens — and I half expected it to make every list I saw — it is that good. Get it. READ it.
Summer reading is a joy — don’t let the summer pass you by without a good read!
Regardless of what book club you follow or what celebrity’s literary comments get your attention, the focus on reading in the summer months is refreshing to me. I hope that you have made some time this summer to curl up with a good book and while away a sweltering afternoon anchored to the pages and lifted in story.
Reading is a gift, a pleasure, and if you’ve forgotten or neglected it, pick up a book — any book — and just read. It’s good for you!
Christina Ward is an avid (albeit slow) reader, a pretty decent nature poet, and a writer of dang-near anything. Thanks for stopping by to celebrate books with her for a few moments! Stay in touch!