What’s On Your Summer Reading List?

Guys! Guys! Guys! Have you noticed? Have you noticed that it’s actually summer out there? What that means for pale Scottish-Canadians like myself is that I do my outdoor activities early morning or in the evenings, which leaves the rest of my summer weekends free for… reading! And writing, but more on the reading right now.

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I’m always wishing that I read more. Literally, my book shelves are full of 80% to -be-read books and 20% of my favourite keeping-forever books. My husband has actually tried to enforce a ban on buying books… but then Kevin Kwan’s sequel to Crazy Rich Asians came out and I had to break it. Sorry David!

Given that my fall/winter are about to get crazy with the last trimester of my pregnancy, I wanted to bask in second trimester energy and actually create a reading list. Here’s what I’m up to this summer:

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

I adored the first book. It’s a satirical novel about Asia’s super rich and elite and what happens when you bring an American (of Chinese mainland descent) into the mix. China Rich Girlfriend is the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians and I’m already loving it. Kwan can weave such a great story and make his characters simultaneously outrageous, yet believable.

The MomShift by Reva Seth

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The MomShift is the average woman’s answer to Lean In. While I adore Sheryl Sandberg and agree that we need more women at the top, her book didn’t appeal to my situation. I’m a much more average woman with zero aspirations to be a senior leader of a company. That said, can’t I still  be successful in my career after having kids? Seth interviewed over 500 women and so far it’s showing that things are looking good!

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

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I have terrible habits. Fact. I can binge-eat sugar, binge-watch reality TV and binge on laziness. I can also binge on hard work, household chores and family time. Where is my balance and why don’t I have the habits to reach balance? I’m looking forward to reading this book and hopefully applying the lessons learned.

Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes

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This novel centres around a dying man on a quest to find out if he has an heir. In his youthful days he was quite the ladies man, even receiving a note indicating he may have fathered a child, but it’s only as he’s nearing the end of his life that he makes the effort to find out if it was true at all.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Georgie McCool’s marriage is in trouble. She works ridiculous hours as one of the comedy writers for a TV show and is about to get her first big break. The only problem is she has to skip Christmas with her husband and kids in Omaha to get the script finished on time. Georgie finds a way that she can perhaps fix her marriage, but it involves reaching back into the past via the telephone.

Truth, I started this book ages ago and never finished it. It’s not that it wasn’t good, but it was once again the failing of my read-ten-books-at-once issue. I always lose focus or interest in at least one of them. Note to self: stick to no more than two books at once *goes to put away the other eight books*

What are you all planning to read this summer (or winter, as the case may be!)? 

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5 Responses to What’s On Your Summer Reading List?

  1. Irma July 10, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    Victoria! I want to read all those books!! Which is bad because like you, I have the same “to read” and “will read again” collection in my book shelf (and shame on David for even trying to limit those impulsive, must-have buys!!).

    • Victoria Smith July 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

      Oh, poor David. Technically we’re on the pre-baby budget, so I totally understand where he’s coming from. Heck, I’m limiting his gaming purchases, so I suppose the trade off is only fair. Fingers crossed that China Rich Girlfriend is my last Kobo purchase for months and that I can actually stick to my new rules.

  2. Nicole August 4, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    I loooooved Landline. The audiobook version of it is super good too — you could listen to it while you clean with all your pregnancy energy.

  3. Bianca S August 24, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    Great list of books! The Power of Habit seems right up my alley 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with your readers. I wanted to recommend a book I think you might really enjoy called “The Pedestriennes” by author Harry Hall (http://www.pedestriennes.com/). During the Industrial Revolution the sport of endurance walking was taking off (and of course it was hugely dominated by men) until a group of women, calling themselves the Pedestriennes, took over. Endurance walking was a BEYOND difficult sport that required the competition to last for days and weeks. Madame “Ada” Anderson (top walker among men and women) walked 1,008 miles and it took her one week. Her feet were so swollen they had to wrap them in turpentine and raw beef! The book tells the story of many successful women endurance walkers and the controversy and difficulty that followed their career choices. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is a fascinating look into a sport I had no idea existed! Hope you will give it a read

    • Victoria Smith August 24, 2015 at 11:51 am #

      Interesting. I’ll have to keep it on my radar. Thanks for sharing, Bianca.

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