I have been crafting Summer Reading lists for a number of years, and while my track record for SRL completion is not great, this year seems particularly hopeless. It has been years since I’ve experienced a true Summer Off at this point – oh, the pleasures of youth! Instead, I have Summers Living with a Schoolteacher: we must accomplish all of the Summer Fun and I must assist with the Summer Projects and do any major trips during our Summer Traveling. While I also work full time, with kind of a lot of madness going on at work. NBD.
Also, I have a freshly-toddling toddler who is probably going to learn how to climb the furniture and maybe the walls any day now. He’s going to need a new level of supervision soon. Also, he thinks snatching Mommy’s books out of her hands is a fun game.
Ah, Summer Relaxation.
So this year, I’m sticking more stringently to the following Summer Mantra:
SUMMER BOOKS SHALT BE ENJOYABLE.
I tried to divide my list evenly amongst the various audiences and forms I enjoy, and between backlist and new stuff, but I also asked myself repeatedly: “Would you be excited to pick this up? Would you be interested in reading it even with a toddler sticking a chubby, grimy finger in your ear? Would you want to read a few pages even if you are exhausted and sweaty after a long day and your shiny, mind-numbing phone was within arm’s reach? Here’s what I came up with. Wish me luck!
Young Adult Books
The President’s Daughter by Ellen Emerson White
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman
Middle Grade Books
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by Leuyen Pham
Marlena by Julie Buntin
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro
Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm by Sarah Menkedick
Summer Reading Lists Past