5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

I’ve always been a little book worm. But as I get older and busier, I find that I have less patience for books that don’t hook me right away. This means I spend a lot of time researching books and starting books to see if they’re my style. Thank goodness for public libraries!

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on some reading so I wanted to share what I’ve read so far this summer. I tend to gravitate towards more lighthearted, fun reading, rather than heavy or thrilling subjects. There’s too much horror going on in the world already so when I escape away while reading, I like it to make my heart smile.

Let’s start with the books I’ve enjoyed and finished this summer!

1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I might not have known about this little gem of a book except for that one of my high school creative writing buddies is starring in the film that’s set to come out in the US soon (it’s already out in the UK). I thought I’d give it a try and I’m so glad I did.

This book focuses on Juliet Ashton, a young English writer, just after the second world war. As she searches for a new writing subject, she makes friends with a wonderfully charming literary group on the island of Guernsey.

This whole book is written in letter format, which made me very wary at first, but I ended up not minding at all. This book is definitely worth a read and I can’t wait to see the movie!

2. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

This story follows sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper who is struggling after the death of his wife until he finds a charm bracelet of hers that takes him on an exciting adventure.

I have to admit, I wasn’t on the edge of my seat with this one and it wasn’t a wild page-turner, but it did keep me wondering and reading. It was sweet and interesting!

3. Still Me: A Novel

For those of you that read Me Before You (or saw the movie), this is the third and most recent book in the series. I tried to read the second book (After You) right after it first came out and I just couldn’t get into it. It was too somber and strange and I missed the upbeat, feel-good tone of the first book (that is, until it got really, really sad).

So I actually didn’t read the second book but decided to try jumping into the third and I have to say that I loved it. I was glued to this book and finished it really quickly. It’s not so much a romantic story as it is one of inner strength and finding out who you are amongst challenge.

4. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Okay, this one definitely isn’t a page-turner but after having it recommended by several yogis, I gave it a try. I struggle with effective communication a lot of the time (hey, passive aggressive tendencies and holding everything inside!) so I can use a lot of help.

This book details how communication affects every aspect of our relationships and how we can be calmer and more effective when we speak, whether it be in relationships, work life, or every day conversation.

There’s a specific formula that is offered, which I love, and I’ve tried it out on my husband a few times. Getting direct and to the point, while remaining at ease, is what it’s all about!

5. Legend

I’m actually picking this one up from the library today so I haven’t started it but based on all the hype and good reviews, I’m guessing it’ll be worthwhile. It’s another post-apocalyptic young adult novel but who doesn’t love those?! I’ll let you know how it goes!


Now, here are a few books I tried recently but couldn’t get into. They might be worth a try though!

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine– I know, I know, SO many people love this book and it’s going to be a movie eventually, but I really hated it. Like, massively. I got about fifty pages in and had to stop. The main character, aside from not being a believable personality, was unlikable in a way that made me not want to spend hundreds of pages invested in her story. And after reading spoilers of the ending online, I’m glad I didn’t go on that journey. But I know so many people are obsessed with this book. Isn’t it so interesting how people can have such different reactions?!

The Keeper of Lost Things– I don’t think there was anything wrong about this book, per se, I just couldn’t get into it. It didn’t enthrall me and I had a hard time being absorbed in the story. It felt like work to get through the pages I read. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mindset to be reading?

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry– Again, maybe I just wasn’t in the mood to read or was preoccupied. I thought the premise was really sweet and based on all the good reviews, it’s a beloved little story, I just didn’t have the will to get through it. I might try it again sometime though!

What are you reading this summer?? I’d love to hear and get some new ideas! Have you read any of these?


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4 thoughts on “5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

  1. Annie Olver says:

    Thank you Malia!! I love books very much too.
    I have read the Guernsey Literary book and fell in love!
    Thank you for the recommendation, I just purchased the Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.
    Books that take me places are amongst my most treasured. Here are a few you might like:
    Author Alexander Mc Call Smith is wonderful.
    One series in particular takes you to Edinburgh Scotland and surrounding islands, Isabel Dalhousie Series.
    Read in order, think you might like them!!
    Also The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series by same author will take you to Botswana, amazing. Nice because there are about 13 or so books in this particular series. Happy Summer :)) annie


    • Malia Bradshaw says:

      Sounds like we have a similar taste in books because all your recommendations sound amazing!! I’ll definitely have to give them a try, thank you for the suggestions! I hope you enjoy Arthur pepper 💕💕


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