summer reading list

Summer is my favorite time to read. You can sit outside in the sun by the lake, on the beach, in a hammock—whatever suits you—and just read for hours on end. Every summer I go through books like crazy, especially now that I’m in college and don’t get the time during the school year to read like I used to. So to plan ahead, I made a list of some of the books I’d like to take on this summer. I tried to mix classics with contemporary, some repeats with new bestsellers, so it’s not a cohesive list with a common theme. I have Vonnegut and Hemingway, Salinger and Plath. Some poetry by Richard Siken. Jandy Nelson’s bestseller. Cartoons illustrating how complicated life is. They’re simply books I want to read (again, in some cases).

summer books 2018

  • Crush, Richard Siken — a repeat, but a short poetry book that captivates; winner of the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets
  • The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger — another repeat, but one I’ve been waiting to return to
  • The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath — a new one for me
  • Dirty Pretty Things, Michael Faudet — contemporary poetry, short and sweet
  • I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson — another repeat, but perfect for the summer
  • The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut — I’m a big fan of Vonnegut, as ridiculous as he is, and this is one I haven’t gotten to yet
  • It’s All Absolutely Fine, Rubyetc. — witty illustrations and some stories (the title is why I bought it)
  • Algedonic, r.h. Sin — another contemporary poet
  • The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway — one I’ve been waiting to read all year
  • Whisper to Me, Nick Lake — just finished this one (expect a post soon!), a Michael L. Printz Award-winning author