{Fireside Fridays} Summer 2016 Reading Plans

Once upon a time, I read fifty books in a summer. I will begin this post by assuring you that this feat will not be replicated this year. Not only am I older and thus reading larger, more intense books (or so one would suppose), but I’m going to be pretty busy in July and August (a post on that later). I still want to read as much as I possibly can, and hopefully this list will help keep me focused on that goal.

Usually, I pick up a beefy non-fiction tome to wade through in the summer. Last year it was The Making of the Atomic Bomb (*fond memories overload*) and the year before that, David McCullough’s 1776. However, I just finished such a book—Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton—so I feel like I need a break. Plus, like I said, I’ll be pretty busy and probably won’t have the time necessary for a book like that. I still hope to digest some deep, good quality stuff, though.

One last thing: money. As I was compiling this list, I realized that a lot of these books are ones I’ll have to buy (*frowns at the library*). That’s a bit of a problem since I want to save for traveling this summer. I know, I know, I should just suck it up and buy the book but I really hate spending money, guys. Especially when I feel like I should be saving it. All that to say, I may end up not reading a lot of these if I can’t get my hands on the book, but I’m listing them just in case.

Okay, enough chitchat. Here’s the list.



Death by Living // N. D. Wilson A friend recommended this, and it sounds like just the book for me—paradoxical, poetic. It’s about living in the now, making the most of your life, and writing your story. This is one I’m going to have to buy if I can’t find it anywhere else.

The Book That Made Your World // Vishal Mangalwadi Rachel mentioned this one on her blog, and it immediately caught my attention. A book exploring how the Bible impacted Western civilization (basically created it)? Yes, please.

Lavinia // Ursula K. Le Guin Sara Letourneau gave me a list of some UKLG books to look into, and this was one of them. It’s a retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid from the perspective of the Latin princess whom Aeneas marries. I love retellings of mythology, and this sounds absolutely fascinating.

A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold // Anne Elisabeth Stengl I feel rather ashamed that I haven’t gotten this book yet, considering that it’s by one of my favorite authors and a retelling of my favorite fairy tale ever. This is going to be a real treat.

Mysterious Island // Jules Verne Because I’ve enjoyed the majority of Verne that I’ve read (yay for 80 Days and 20,000 Leagues), and I’ve heard Captain Nemo (more yay) makes an appearance in it.

The Time Machine // H. G. Wells A book I’m currently reading compares Wells versus Verne, so I’m interested to read both of them this summer and see their differences for myself. Plus, I think it’s high time I read some Wells, and this books sound like a great introduction to him.

Ender’s Game // Orson Scott Card This’ll be a reread, and while I often chafe at the thought of spending precious reading time on a book I’ve already gone through, sometimes you just gotta do it. I realized the other day that I miss Ender’s Game. I need it back in my life.

Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist // Karen Swallow Prior Given the title, I probably don’t need to say why I’m reading this. I can’t wait to delve into this amazing woman’s life, and I hope to be inspired, challenged, and encouraged.

The Screwtape Letters // C. S. Lewis Another reread. This book is one that I feel I should read at least yearly because I so need to hear everything in it.

Dear Mr. Knightley // Katherine Reay A girl in foster care who turns to books for comfort, a mysterious benefactor, characters with secrets, pain and healing—yeah, let’s do this thing. Plus, my library has it. *much rejoicing*

Storming // K. M. Weiland I cannot tell you how many glowing reviews I’ve seen of this book, and it sounds quite fascinating.

Silas Marner // George Eliot A few months ago, I read Eliot’s Middlemarch for school and fell in love with it. I can’t wait to read more of her stuff, and from what I know about this book (I’ve already listened to an audio drama of it), I’m going to enjoy it immensely.

Well, there we are! Phew. Will I read all of these? HA. In your dreams. And of course I’ll read a bunch of other books not on the list. Still, I hope to read a lot of these, because they’re all so exciting, and I think it’s a good mix of genres. Keep your eyes peeled for reviews and such.

Do you have a summer TBR list? What’s on it? Have you read/do you want to read any of these? Here’s to a summer of bookish delight!

16 responses to “{Fireside Fridays} Summer 2016 Reading Plans”

  1. Yay for Lavinia! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

    Let’s see… Right now I’m reading A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly (historical fantasy set during the Prohibition Era / Roaring 20s). Here are some of my other upcoming / summer reads (well, the ones I can remember):

    – The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
    – The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
    – Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin
    – Rise of the Sparrows by Sarina Langer
    – Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
    – Legend by Marie Lu
    – The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

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    1. Thanks so much for that list! I hope to read many of the books you mentioned. =D

      Ooh, A Criminal Magic sounds like something I’d like. I’m going to have to look into a lot of these. Wolf by Wolf especially sounds fascinating. Happy summer reading!

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  2. when your money — and time — budgets are not big enough for all the books you want. *long sigh*
    I’m so glad you want to read the book, too! If you get to it this summer, we must find a way to discuss/rant about it! 🙂
    I just read Fierce Convictions this spring! *bounces* It is good. Hannah is amazing. read it. yes, yes!
    Lavinia sounds really neat!
    Screwtape Letters is the August book for my book group with Mommy!
    Silas Marner is good, too! But I haven’t read Middlemarch yet…. So many books to read! At least that one should be at the library. 😉

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    1. Exactly. *sighs with you*
      Yes, we definitely must! =D
      Oh, yay, I’m glad you liked it. *can’t wait*
      Hahah, yes, Middlemarch should be at the library. But it’s a big one, just to warn you. =P And have fun with The Screwtape Letters—it’s an incredible book.

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  3. Judith L. Livingstone Avatar
    Judith L. Livingstone

    Dearest Abby,

    You will be interested to know that I had to read Silas Marner for my English class when I was a sophomore in high school!

    All my love,



  4. Hmmm. Well, right now here’s some of the books I hope to get through this summer (though I’ve been lazy so far and it’s really difficult for me to read more than one chapter per day in any of these books. Ugh. xP).
    The Well of Ascension and the Hero of the Ages, by Brandon Sanderson
    Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (heard of some very good reviews for this one)
    The Lord of the Rings–MUST REREAD. Haven’t read it in too long.
    The Dream Keeper and Other Poems, by Langston Hughes
    Twelfth Night, Othello, and Hamlet, by the Greatest Bard
    Abigail Adams, by Natalie S. Bober (biographies, yay! Haven’t had them in a while. I could also have tackled
    the massive biography of John Adams by David McCullough, but I decided to start with Abigail.)
    The Terrible Speed of Mercy, by JOnathan Rogers (a spiritual biography of Flannery O’Connor)
    The Stranger, by Albert Camus (possibly)
    Some German works. I still don’t know which.
    Napoleone’s Buttons, by Penny Le Couteur & Jay Burreson (history and chemistry? So much yes!)
    Possible other books: Asia: A Concise History, by Arthur Cotterell (only read one or two chapters in it over the school year, and I REALLY want to know more Asian history) and Great Tales from English History, by Robert Lacey (a delight to read).
    My Bible. Sounds obvious and trivial, but I really need to start reading it more again.
    I hope your summer, and especially your move, goes well. ❤

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    1. Yayyyyy for Brandon Sanderson. *can’t wait to hear what you think of those* Oooh, that Abigail Adams bio sounds great. I read McCullough’s John Adams last year; an excellent book. And The Stranger. *nods* Very thought-provoking. I read it for a Comparative Religions class when we were on Existentialism. I also want to try that Great Tales from English History; it sounds great. Thanks so much for commenting. I love knowing what other people are reading. =)
      Thank you so much. ❤ I hope your summer is a blessing, too.

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  5. I’ve been meaning to read Ender’s Game and the Screwtape Letters as well *nods in approval* The other titles sound interesting as well, though! 🙂

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  6. *now wants to read all of these* #bookwormproblems

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    1. The struggle is real.

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  7. Ooh. Some of these sound intriguing. Like Lavinia and Hannah More. We studied the Aeneid (among other works) in a class this last semester, and I’ve heard good things about LeGuin, so I’ll have to look into that. Dear Mr. Knightley also sounds interesting, as long as it doesn’t parallel Daddy Longlegs too much. xD

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    1. Yesss, I’ve done The Aeneid in school, both for history and Latin, so I’m excited for Lavinia. And oh my storms, that was my first thought. I actually thought it was the same book at first and couldn’t figure out how I’d read it before if it just came out this year. xD I’ll let you know how it is (I just order it from the library).


  8. Victoria NightSky Avatar
    Victoria NightSky

    Eeeee I love this. We’ll have to discuss some of these at the end of the summer.

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    1. Yayyyyy. *can’t wait*

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  9. bookloverbabbles Avatar

    In your dreams 😂 Hahah, it doesn’t matter what’s on my tbr lisr because I just end up reading what I want to 😊😜

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    1. Haha, that happens to me too. I usually end getting at most half of my list done and then reading whatever else strikes my fancy. =P

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