This post originally appeared on Anna’s 1st blog, Annamotion.
Last year I shared My 2016 Summer Reading List with you at the end of summer, but this year I wanted to mix it up. I will be sharing my summer reading list with you today, I will come back here to update my progress for accountability, and I will edit this post to write my review and lessons learned at the completion of each book. By the end of the summer, if I’ve reached my goal, I will have written about each book on this list.
I haven’t been able to read much since last summer due to wedding planning, navigating newly married life, new job, commissions, and preparing for my relaunch. But I want to read more this summer, so making this list and setting my goals will help! I’m setting my goal fairly low since I know I will still be extra busy preparing for the relaunch. Edit: I’ve been much busier than expected with the relaunch, so I extended my end date to the last day of summer.
Start Date: May 13th, 2017
End Date: September 21st, 2017
Goal: 7 books
Books read so far: 2
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Top 5 Books I Want to Read
This is a section you can find on your printable. It’s to help you remember which books you want to read the most so you can set them as a top priority.
- Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (I’m embarrassed to say I started this series last summer and I’m just now reading the final book)
- Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge
- Grit: the power of passion and perseverance by Angela Duckworth
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
I heard so many good things about this author from the wonderful book lovers in The Bookish Box Chats, so I had to check it out! This is the first book I finished to start off my summer reading goal. I loved it! My list will probably be changed up now because I have to add the other books in the series now! I just got Crown of Midnight (book 2 in this series) from the library.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fiction novel. I understand the hype for Sarah J. Maas now; her writing is very well done. The main character is a female assassin. Definitely a strong lead, though Maas portrays her human qualities beautifully as she develops throughout the book. She also has more fire and attitude than most female main characters that I’ve read about recently, which I found entertaining. I also enjoyed the clever way in which she slowly unveiled information and how she switched between different characters’ point of views. I look forward to reading Crown of Midnight!
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the book:
- “When she awoke every morning, she repeated the same words: I will not be afraid. For a year, those words had meant the difference between breaking and bending; they had kept her from shattering in the darkness of the mines.” (2)
- “She forgot about time as she drifted between pieces, voicing the unspeakable, opening old wounds, playing and playing as the sounds forgave her and saved her.” (144)
Other Books I Want to Read
You can also find this section on your printable. Here you can list all the other books you’d like to read this summer. You can list more than the number you put for your goal. This will help you if you go over your goal or if you change your mind and want to read another book first. I might alter my choices as I go along, but for now these are the books on my reading list!
I’ll be writing my review here soon! 🙂
I got roughly 2/3 through this book before I had to return it to the library and honestly I’m not sure if I’ll check it out again to finish it. It was that awful for me. There were some truth nuggets mixed in there, but it was buried in a whole lot of fluffy woo-woo nonsense. In the book’s defense, I think I just was not the book’s target reader. I think there’s a certain kind of person out there (well, obviously I guess, since the book is so crazy popular!) who could really benefit from what Jen says in her book. If you want to give this book a try, I suggest borrowing it from the library first to see if you like it before purchasing it. I, personally, think it’s a waste of money unless if this type of book is just spot on for you where you’re at in your journey of growth. If you need an empowering book, I suggest Daring Greatly instead. I haven’t even finished that book yet and I already have pages of notes and feel so empowered!
What’s on your reading list for this summer?