Book Lists Tell Me What to Read

Tell Me What to Read: Summer 2015 Edition

May 18, 2015
Great suggestions for summer reading. You'll definitely find something to love here!

I seriously love reading book lists and book recommendations.

One of my favorite ways to spend down time is searching through book lists and putting as many books on hold as I can until I max out my library card.

So obviously Tell Me What to Read has long been one of my favorite things. I can’t tell you how often I go back to look at your recommendations on the previous posts.

I’ve read about five books in the last ten days (hello, vacation), so I’m ready to kick off my summer reading again.

Suggest something fun (although that doesn’t need to mean chick-lit – I’m up for non-fiction, memoirs, young adult, middle grade, AND chick-lit), and I’ll pick three to read in June, July, and August.

So! Your job: Comment with the title of a book you think I should read. 

My job: I’ll choose three from the suggestions and announce them next week.

I’ll read one a month – June, July, and August. Feel free to read along.

I’ll write a review of each one here. Even if I hate the book, I will not hate you.

And . . . go! My library card is at the ready.

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  • Reply Kristen Miles May 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Smart Money Smart Kids by Rachel Cruze and Dave Ramsey.

    Great ways to teach your kids about money and how to work. It's also practical and works in the real world (I have 5 kids).

    Oh and one more. Born to Win by Dr. Kevin Leman. I'm an oldest child and I kept saying things like "oh, that's totally me!".

    And obviously I'm a non- fiction junkie! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Abby May 18, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I just finished The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Short enough for summer reading and I personally thought the author was cute and quirky. I know the reviews are mixed but I loved it.

    • Reply Emily May 19, 2015 at 11:19 am

      I'd second this vote. I loved this one too!

  • Reply Kristin @ Going Country May 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Kind of hard to find sometimes, but . . . "The Old World Kitchen" by Elisabeth Luard. It's relatively old–from the 80s. It's a cookbook, a huge compendium of peasant recipes from all over the world. I probably won't actually cook from it, but the anecdotes and history in the intro. to each recipe are fascinating. Mark Bittman called it, "The best cookbook you've never heard of." I think he's right.

  • Reply Kayris May 18, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. I just finished it and I loved it.

  • Reply Carrie Jo May 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski. YA nonmagical fantasy–which I did not know was a genre until I read this book about a teen girl in a Rome-like fictional country who is physically weak, but has a mind brilliant enough to guide military strategy and shape international politics with her father, a celebrated general…but then she has to live with the consequences of the policies she suggests.

  • Reply Stephanie May 18, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead or The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  • Reply Christina May 18, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales – Contemporary YA

    The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – Middle Grade Historical Fiction

    I didn't notice the coincidence in the titles until I typed them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lori May 18, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
    by Atul Gawande

  • Reply Ash May 18, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Flyboys by James Bradley, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan. (I laughed myself to tears with the last one!)

  • Reply Carrie May 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

  • Reply brit May 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. Just won the Pulitzer Prize. It was a compelling novel that gave me a different, more personal view of WWII.

  • Reply Nora May 18, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    All of A Kind Family by Sydney Taylor is the read-aloud I'm doing with my kids right now and we are all enjoying. up for us is My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. For myself, I always read your recommendations and I've been working my way through your blog reviews and lists so don't have any new to add ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sheila May 18, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Papa Married a Mormon, if you can find it. It is such a fun and sweet story.

  • Reply Chrissie May 18, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I just read "The Royal We" by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (aka the Fug Girls), and it was delightful. And I'll second "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins because I'm reading it right now and it's a page-turner. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply diana May 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      I really really enjoyed "The Royal We"!

  • Reply Grace Haynes May 18, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

  • Reply Melanie May 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I love mining the comments on these posts for recommendations!

    Most of what I've read and loved lately you'd already read! If you haven't already read it, I highly recommend 12 Years a Slave.

    I haven't yet read the following, but I've heard good things about all of them:

    Creativity Inc – Ed Catmull
    Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin – Jill Lepore
    In the Kingdom of Ice – Hampton Sides

  • Reply Melanie May 18, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I just looked more closely at your photo and since you have To Say Nothing of the Dog in your stack (I LOVE that book), I have one more recommendation. You might want to check out Doomsday Book by the same author. It's actually the first book of the Oxford Time Travel Series.

  • Reply Alyssa May 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr! So good!

  • Reply Tyler P May 18, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah! Historical fiction set during World War II – a page turner and a beautiful story.

  • Reply Alison May 18, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    One of my recent favorite reads is Being Mortal. Although, I hesitate to suggest it because it is a deep read and not necessarily ยจfunยจ. I found myself really thinking about quality of life and aging in ways I hadn't before. I consider a book especially good if it challenges me to think outside my comfort zone.

    And on a happier note, my sister in law won your baby carrier giveaway. She was showing it off at my brother's wedding this past weekend with her 13 day old baby #3. She loves the carrier! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sierra Burton May 18, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer…shoot you've probably already read it. But this is a series I couldn't stop reading.

  • Reply brittney perry May 18, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    For some extra LM Montgomery, The Blue Castle is nice summer read (probably not a crazy, can't put it down, five stars, but a very comfortable four).

  • Reply swedisheik May 18, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    The Edge of the Earth, by Christina Schwarz.

  • Reply myr_heille May 18, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand!

  • Reply Michaela Kathol May 18, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith! It's like a YA Pride and Prejudice with a little magic, mystery, royalty, and romance. The characters are so human and real; I still get butterflies everytime I re-read it!

  • Reply EmFrid May 18, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    If you haven't already then Watership Down by Richard Adams. My favourite childhood book.

  • Reply Simone May 18, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Possession by A.S. Byatt, beautiful love story cum historical detective type story AND it has poetry in it. Makes this one of my favourite English novels.

    Or if you feel brave and want to try something exotic, it is summer reading after all, read something foreign: A Father's Affair by Karel Glastra van Loon. Wonderful story about fatherhood. (No idea of the quality of the translation though.)

  • Reply Tina's Blog May 18, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I am finishing up the audiobook version and really enjoying it even though it's not about a happy topic at all. Very thought provoking non-fiction.

    And I know I'm being nosy, but where are you moving?

    I will be on vacation in North Carolina in mid June. My best friend from high school lives in Wilmington. Any must sees and must dos you can pass on?

  • Reply Shelly May 18, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Who Rides a Tiger by Doris Miles Disney or Stuff Parisians Like: Discovering the Quoi in the Je Ne Sais Quoi by Olivier Magny

  • Reply Megan B May 18, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    I highly, highly recommend The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser. I rarely buy books for myself (I'm a library junkie) and this is one of the few that I have in my personal collection. It's just that good.

  • Reply blaine and michelle May 18, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    The Royal We was adorable.

  • Reply Tracey May 18, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I also loved The Royal We, but I am recommending The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh. Fantastic middle grade novel that will give you goosebumps.

  • Reply Lady Susan May 18, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    It is always a challenge to suggest a book that you haven't already read. I suggest The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. I see that you have the Eyre Affair in that picture. Fforde can get pretty trippy—subsequent books in the Thursday Next series, but I found The Last Dragonslayer to be quirky but still normal enough to be enjoyable. I am currently listening to the second in that series (Song of the Quarkbeast) and am enjoying that as well.

  • Reply Lady Susan May 18, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    I just looked back on last summer's books and noticed that you didn't get around to reviewing them. (o.k…..that sounds really anal and nit-picky. I don't mean that to be the case. I guess I am too tired to come up with more tactful phrasing.). What did you think of the Light between Oceans?

  • Reply Jenn May 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Complications by Atul Gawande

  • Reply Emma May 19, 2015 at 7:07 am

    I know I've recommended the fun and fascinating non-fiction Packing for Mars by Mary Roach…but I promise I won't mention it again after today ๐Ÿ™‚ My favourite book in the last month has been the most recent Penderwick book. I can't remember you mentioning this series but it feels like they would be right up your alley as they are lovely family stories about sisters.

  • Reply Salmah Shahnawaz May 19, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Yayy! Totally one of my favourite things too!
    This is not new but for some reason I found this book very enjoyable – The House of Joy by Sarah Kate-Lynch. Also The Cousins' War series by Philippa Gregory had me binge reading: The Red Queen, The White Queen, The White Princess and The King's Curse. But The White Queen was my favourite

  • Reply Unknown May 19, 2015 at 10:58 am

    So hard to pick just one – some of my recent favorites:

    History of the Rain – unique writing style took me a bit to get into but really enjoyed it

    Dancing Fish and Ammonites – (memoir by Penelope Lively- made me think)

    The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett – a quick fun read

    The elegance of a Hedgehog – I loved this book

  • Reply Emily May 19, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I also second the Elegance of the Hedgehog, I loved that one.

    I also really liked Camilla by Madeleine L'Engle

    Or if you're looking for something more classic and Russian I'd recommend Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak.

  • Reply ramseyerramblings May 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I enjoy a good old "whodunnit" murder mystery from time to time. One I picked up at a library sale that was a complete hit was Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham. It's part of a series but each story can stand by itself. It's well written (descriptive without dragging on) set in England which I enjoyed and it kept me guessing throughout the entire story line! Unlike some of your other readers, I do not recommend Elegance of the Hedgehog. I prayed for that book to end just so I could have closure and move on with my life.

  • Reply Deborah May 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Please read The Boys in the Boat. It's the best book I've read in a really long time.

  • Reply Daniella Elyse May 19, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Room by Emma Donoghue is one of my favourite books. The content itself is not the most pleasant, but the narration of book is outstanding. It's told from the perspective of a four year old boy, and I feel like you could really appreciate that. Check it out!

  • Reply Katie May 19, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbot, or I second The Boys in the Boat.

  • Reply Saskia May 19, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Mr. Churchill's Secretary, by Susan Elia McNeal. It's fun read and solid enough to be enjoyable.

  • Reply Katie May 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Two books that I have loved are "The Alchemist" by Paulo Cohelo, and "The Historian" by Elizabeth Costova. The Historian is about the quest to find Dracula's tomb, and is written in letter form similar to Dracula.

    Another fun read that my friend wrote is called "The Inventors Secret (Cragbridge Hall)" by Chad Morris. I believe it is more of a middle grade book, but I thought it was a fun book. It's the first in a trilogy, but I haven't read the other 2 books.

  • Reply Fleurthefearless May 20, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    French Kids Eat Everything and You Only Live Once

  • Reply Jessica Marvel May 20, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring – sweetest story – in my top 5.

  • Reply Kimmie Merkley May 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

  • Reply Bookmark Dragon May 20, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I think you'd have a strong reaction to After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Hopefully a strong, positive reaction! It's kind of like Rainbow Rowell's Landline, but shorter and (according to me) stronger. It really is a wonderful book, and I wish more people knew about it. Best of luck selecting books!

  • Reply Rebecca Wright May 21, 2015 at 4:54 am

    The hypnotists love story!!

  • Reply Rebecca Wright May 21, 2015 at 4:54 am

    The hypnotists love story!!

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