Thoughts By Natalie

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List | Thoughts By Natalie

Lately I’ve been more and more interested in fiction—which is surprising, but also really fun. I think summer is a natural time to dive into novels and dare to enter the imagination of an author. It’s beautiful how the mind can float away to another world of characters and plots just by reading words on a page. As I eagerly await the sweetest arrival at the end of the summer (baby Jack), I’ll be distracting and entertaining myself with all kinds of tasks and activities, but especially reading. These are six of the books on my list this summer.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I admittedly have already finished this one thanks to all of the free time I had to lounge and read on our babymoon. A love story about two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group, this sad-sounding book is, yes, a tear-jerker, but also guaranteed to make you laugh. It’s beautiful and tragic, and possibly the best novel I’ve ever read. I loved every bit of it, and can’t wait to see the movie this week!

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan. I stumbled upon this book through BookBub a month or two ago and have yet to dive into it. A story about summer, the beach, and family, it sounds right up my alley—I’m a sucker for any kind of book based on summer in New England (if you are too, check out What Remains—a gem of a nonfiction read—and anything by Elin Hilderbrand).

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m a little late to the game on this one, as I know it’s been out for a while. But I’ve heard a lot of good things about this creepy thriller of a novel, and I’ve decided I absolutely have to read it before Ben Affleck stars in the movie later this year.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I owe the knowledge of this book to my friend Jane, who told me about it at a wedding we recently attending in Dallas. Apparently the author, Pierce Brown, attended Pepperdine while Jane and I were there—how cool is that? According to Jane, if you liked Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, you’ll love Red Rising. Since I absolutely loved both of those, I feel confident this is going to be a great read.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. From twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child to 39-year-old divorcee with three kids, this book is all about what happened in between, a period of time the main character, Alice, has completely forgotten and is desperate to remember in order to piece together her life.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub. Described on Amazon as “a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole,” this is a book I’ve seen popping up over and over again as a must-read. Thus, I’m totally going to read it. Hope it lives up to the hype!

What are you planning to read this summer? What are some of your favorite novels (taking recommendations!!)?

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  • Andrea
    June 9, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I always love a good summer reading list! I’ve read What Alice Forgot and Gone Girl, both really good and am adding Red Rising to my list!

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      June 10, 2014 at 11:27 am

      I just started Gone Girl this weekend and am liking it so far!

  • Stephanie
    June 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Haha! I love that you’re more interested in fiction as I have recently found myself drawn more to non fiction. Let me know how Maine goes as I loved that author’s The Engagements.

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      June 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Haha, love it. I’ll definitely let you know about Maine!

  • Joanna @ Love Always, Jo
    June 10, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Thanks for sharing! I love book lists! I loved Gone Girl. Can’t wait to see Ben Affleck in the movie.

    I’m picking up Emily Giffin’s new book from the library today.

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      June 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Oh yes, I am SO EXCITED for the Gone Girl movie!!

  • Molly
    June 10, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I read Maine and loved it as well! I think the author did a great job creating such intricate stories for the three main characters. I am currently reading The Fault in Our Stars and am loving it so far. It’s such a good mix of good writing, humor, and unique ways to view life. I would recommend reading Reconstructing Amelia. I completely lost myself in that book every time I sat down to read it. It’s like a thriller/tragedy/mystery version of Mean Girls.

  • Kimberly
    June 10, 2014 at 10:38 am

    The Fault in Our Stars is so good…about 75% done and don’t want it to end. I second the Reconstructing Amelia recommendation! I would describe it as Gossip Girl meets Gone Girl. Another recommendation is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Gets you thinking about how you want to live your life…love a good fiction book that is also thought provoking!

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      June 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Yes, I felt the same way about The Fault in Our Stars—I read it so fast because it was amazing, but hated that I finished it so quickly!!

  • Mathilda
    June 16, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    I also loves The Fault in our stars, I was laughing and crying all the time while reading it. Maine was a great novel too. But Gone Girl – well I really was so bored by it.