Summer Reading List

In this post – books for the Summer

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I recently started reading leisurely again. 

I thought I would share the books I have read so far this Summer and what is on my book list to read.

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I used to love to read. And then after finishing school, I felt like I was just plain done with reading.  I was sick of reading. 

Like… don’t show me a book ever again.

I’m talking about novels, by the way.

Then, I started reading The Miracle Morning a few weeks ago which encouraged reading every morning for 10 minutes.

And I was hooked again. Now I have been reading a book a week!

Summer Books

Finished books:

I really enjoyed The Nightingale: A Novel. Here is the goodreads excerpt “Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.” 
My Review – a great historical fiction book.  Really well written, totally recommend reading!

Awaken the Highland Warrior from Goodreads ” Mis-adventurous historian Bree Kirkland discovers a one hundred fifty year old warrior buried in a crypt behind her house. But Faelan, the warrior, isn’t dead. When this chauvinistic Scottish Warrior awakes, he has no choice but accept the help of this modern-day woman who’s rescued him, but she’s more fearsome than the demon trying to kill him. If he’s not careful, she’ll uncover every secret his clan has bled and died to protect.”  
My review – entertaining book, but it is a fantasty/historical fiction/romance novel so may not appeal to all, great vacation read.

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series) from goodreads “Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.” 
My review – honestly, not that great of a book. I got 75% done and decided… you know, I just don’t care what happens. 

Currently Reading


The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Chronicles Series 1) from Goodreads “This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.”  – My verdict – I am only three chapters in, so far so good. I am really enjoying Cornwell’s writing style.


Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: A Novel (Outlander) from Goodreads “It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside-down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated.Her former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey. Lord John’s son, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere, is no less shocked to discover that his real father is actually the newly resurrected Jamie Fraser, and Jamie’s nephew Ian Murray discovers that his new-found cousin has an eye for the woman who has just agreed to marry him.

And while Claire is terrified that one of her husbands may be about to murder the other, in the 20th century her descendants face even more desperate turns of events. Her daughter Brianna is trying to protect her son from a vicious criminal with murder on his mind, while her husband Roger has disappeared into the past ” 
My review – I keep *trying* so hard to get into this book, but I am finding it confusing mainly because I don’t remember who all the characters are.  It has been so many years since I read the last Outlander book I have forgotten what had even happened.  I need to just reread the entire Outlander series again.  I didn’t really care for the most recent Outlander book, however I really loved the first four books in the series.

On the list to read next


All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel from Goodreads “Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”


The Duchess: A Novel from Goodreads – “The incomparable Danielle Steel breaks new ground as she takes us to nineteenth-century England, where a high-born young woman is forced out into the world–and begins a journey of survival, sensuality, and long-sought justice.”

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  1. July 25, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Reading is something that we should all treat ourselves to whether we feel that we have the time for it or not. It is such a healthy thing to do, benefiting both mind and body. You have a nice collection of books here. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    Thank you for this list and reviews of these books.

  3. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    I will look into some of these books. Many are my type of read.

    • July 25, 2017 / 10:53 pm

      Marion, I am glad you have found a new book to read. I would start with the Nightingale, it was so good, over 35,000 good reviews on Amazon!

  4. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Thank you for these recommendations. I look forward to reading Danielle Steele's new book, "The Duchess".

  5. July 26, 2017 / 1:59 am

    Thanks for sharing this list. I am still working on the book I bought back in May during our beach vacation! 😳 I keep forgetting to get it back out and finish it.

  6. July 26, 2017 / 4:00 am

    …Really enjoyed "The Nightingale", too. You will love "All the Light We Cannot See". I read it many months ago and just seeing the cover has me thinking maybe I should read it again soon.