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Tell Me What To Read: Summer 2017 Reading Picks

You guys seriously never fail.

And I think the recommendations on Monday’s post were the best they’ve ever been in all the years I’ve been doing this series (since 2009!). There were so many good suggestions, plus mini descriptions of them that made them all sound so appealing.

I requested at least twenty or thirty titles from my library and now I need to start doing some arm workouts so I’m strong enough to carry my library haul next week.

Anyway! Here’s what I’ve picked for this round: a non-fiction title I’d never heard of, a young adult historical fiction/romance, and a middle grade fantasy that everyone is raving about.

I’d love it if you read along too.

P.S. Some of the suggestions were for books I’ve already read (and I’ve reviewed some of them too, if you want to see what I thought!):

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  • Reply Tina Ristau April 20, 2017 at 4:24 am

    So I obviously wasn’t quick enough to suggest something for you when you asked, but I still feel the need to throw in a couple of great books I’ve read this year: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (the topic itself sort of turned me off when I read a synopsis somewhere, but I forgot about it by the time I read it and ended up loving it), The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel, and The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak.

  • Reply Abby April 20, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Ooh you should definitely listen to Echo! The narration is superb and there is music (and not just harmonica music) throughout the whole book to fit with the story. I recently reread it in paper form and it felt like something was missing.

  • Reply Kim April 20, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Echo is SO good on audio!

  • Reply Amanda April 20, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I loved Echo! You should definitely listen to the audiobook!

  • Reply Meg April 20, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I will definitely put the June and July picks on hold!

    I loved the premise of Loving My Actual Life, but I personally thought it was nowhere near as well done as Gretchen Rubin’s books. Interested to see what you think though!

  • Reply Karen April 20, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I’d love to know what you thought of The Year of Living Danishly, as I picked it for our book group meeting, and it wasn’t that well received. I really enjoyed it, though, and also enjoyed Leap Year, which came out a few months ago.

  • Reply Lauren @ Always Me April 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    My Lady Jane is awesome! Hope you love it! 🙂

  • Reply Jennie April 21, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I love Echo! It’s long, but such a beautiful story. And I had seen your June pick ages ago and forgot all about it. I’m in!

  • Reply Alison Walker April 21, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I read ‘Loving My Actual Life Last Year’ – and I’m still thinking about it. It is a lot like Gretchen Rubin’s ‘The Happiness Project’ (which changed my life) – but with a biblical foundation, which I loved.

    Your other two picks are on my to-read list, so I’m going to try to read along with you in June and July!

  • Reply Abby Johnson April 21, 2017 at 11:39 am

    My Lady Jane is so great and the audio is amazing! If you have access to it, I highly recommend the audio!!

  • Reply Katherine Current April 24, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Wow…. I hope you get to this one with all the comments that made it in before me! Looks like someone might have tried to spam your comment section… That’s the worst!

    Anyway, I would HIGHLY recommend listening to the Audiobook of Echo. I’m a huge reader, and I love a good audiobook. Echo is the best audiobook that I’ve ever listened to! Not to give anything away, but the story has a lot of music mentioned in it, and the audiobook version incorporates the music that the characters are talking about into the story and its absolutely beautiful! I got it from my library with no issues (didn’t even have a hold line on OverDrive), so hopefully the same is true for you!

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  • Reply Leslie July 6, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Did you ever get around to reading Loving My Actual Life? Just curious what you though about it. The older I get the more I realize that I don’t have time for bad (or even meh) books. Your reading tastes closely parallel my own (even more so than MMD) so I was just curious what your thoughts were on this one. I don’t see a review on your blog or a rating on Goodreads. Thanks!

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw July 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

      I haven’t read it yet, but I just downloaded the audio version so I’m planning on it ASAP!

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