It’s Sooooo Hot and All I Want to Do Is Read

June 10, 2019


Last week a friend asked me what I planned to read this summer. Um, everything, and never go outside again until December?

Sadly, that will not happen. I have been mulling over what I want to read this summer, though. I often make a summer reading list, if only to try to get a few books off my TBR shelf/list. (Click here or here for previous lists.)  I’m a highly distractible reader, always diverting into unlooked-for paths (newest obsession: Lucy Knisley’s graphic memoirs), constantly seduced by unexpected reading tangents. 

Here is my tentative summer reading list for 2019:

I like to read the biography or autobiography of a writer every summer, so this year my major reading goal will be the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1. It looks like there are three volumes, but for now I’m only tackling the first. At 679 pages, it should take me a while.

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen. Looks like the Kindle version is free, but I have a pretty print hardcover version that is part of a set. This will be my summer classic.

At least one book from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide, perhaps The Island of Sea Women (one of my library holds, see below) or The Mother-In-Law

My library holds. I currently have eight books reserved, and even though I’m in varying positions on the hold list, sure as I’m alive, they will all become available the same week and I’ll have a mini nervous breakdown trying to read them all within the time allotted.

From my own TBR shelf:

Ride with Your Mind, Mary Wanless. Already in progress.


The Foundling, Georgette Heyer. I have several of her books on my shelf, but I’ve already started this one. If you’re looking for a fun, light read, you can’t go wrong with Heyer.

An art or creativity book, possibly The Journal Junkies Workshop, or The Muse Is In.

Though it’s likely I’ll go off on other reading tangents, I hope to finish these books this summer. Since “summer” here lasts until November I have a pretty good chance.

What do you plan to read this summer?

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4 comments

  1. Kathy your list is looking good friend. I am in the midst of reading Karen White's "Flight Patterns" and have a book waiting at the library for me on Pastels by Ann Heavener and currently reading a book by Bill Johnson "The Way of Life". Like you I have several others on hold and they will probably come in all at the same time...hope they can be renewed if I do not get them read within the time frame. Happy reading friend. Hugs!

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    1. Sounds like you have several good books going right now, too. Hope you have plenty of time to read this summer--and the chance to renew at will!

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  2. Of course the Journal Junkie and The Muse is In attract me! It sounds like a great idea to stay in and read through the heat! Here I'm savoring the cool airy days and nights until summer arrives...I'm audio book reading The Library Card and just finished Becoming. I envy prolific readers...I am a distracted reader in that I don't seem to be able to sit still for too long. Audio books from the library are wonderful for people like me!

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    1. Oh, to be in Maine right now! Isn't it great that there are formats for everyone who wants to experience the goodness of books? My husband is a Kindle fanatic and no longer wants to read paper books. I prefer paper, but will read on Kindle when I need to. I have only listened to a few audio books, since I only listen when I'm in my car. (How do you listen to yours?) They are certainly fantastic for long drives.

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