Summer Reading List

Summer 2015 Reading Lists | Paper Doll Tales

I’m a reading addict.  It’s an affliction that became evident early in my life (I spent virtually all of my childhood summers camped on the couch for hoooooooours with a three-foot stack of library books beside me) and has culminated in the inevitable career of English teacher, in which I scrape out words, chapters, and imaginary worlds like lines of crack trying to addict a new generation of readers.

My friend Kara, a fellow reading-addict, is cruel.  She sent me a text that caused me to lose sleep:

summer book list | Paper Doll TalesI was totally super duper helpful in narrowing her selection to 7 options.  7 out of 8.  Because I love all those books (except for one I haven’t read), and it’s just cruel to ask–like picking a favorite child.  They’re all favorites all the time for all different reasons.    We’re in the weeds together, Kara and I.  #bookaddictproblems

Something about the long light of summer days makes me want to expand, not shrink, my reading list.  While I miss the coffee-blanket-snowstorm-fireplace reading moments of winter, my reading capacity truly blooms in the sun-sand-napping-grass stains-sweating-sunset months.

I won’t play favorites, but I will share some kid and grown-up favorite books we’ve discovered this year.  I’ll also give you a peek at my “to-read” stack for the summer.  Can I ask you to return the favor?  Because if you’re a fellow reader, you know there’s no such thing as a stack of books high enough.  The addiction is ravenous and must be fed.


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  1. Papa Larry said:

    Looks like a bunch of girly-girl books to me.

    June 23, 2015
    • Beth said:

      You’re not into girly-girl motherhood lit? At least Salt, Ready Player One, and Midnight in Peking should qualify as boy-boy books!

      June 23, 2015
  2. Jo said:

    Thanks for a great list! (Sorry Larry–you’ve got a point, but…). Add “Life on the Color Line” by Gregory Howard Williams. (… definitely not a girly-girl book).

    June 23, 2015
  3. jes Beckman said:

    I look forward to reading some of the books you posted. I just finished leaving time-I loved it!

    June 24, 2015
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