My 2015 summer reading list

“Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own.”
– Charles Scribner, Jr.

The Sky in La Rioja (Spain)

While I don’t read as much as I would like to, I love reading and sometimes come across books that I obsess about the same way others do about Games of Thrones. With all the extra time I have this summer, I want to bring regular reading back into my life – specially when it means I can shamelessly lie on a sun bed for hours and still justify to myself that I’m doing something.

Here’s what’s on my summer reading list:

It’s not me, it’s you – by Mhairi McFarlane 

Mhairi McFarlane’s books re funny, witty and relatable – and this one is no exception. The main character, Delia Moss, finds herself in a horrible situation and fights to deal with it the best she can, all the while discovering who she really is and what she truthfully wants in life.

Luckiest girl alive – by Jessica Knoll 

As a fan of Gone Girl, I’ve been dying to read this book. The book “explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to have it all, and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cut-throat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears”. I probably won’t be able to put it down!

Also: Pacific Standard (see: Gone Girl and Wild), together with Lionsgate, have already grabbed its movie rights!

Red Queen – by Victoria Aveyard

According to one enthusiastic reviewer on Goodreads: “Red Queen is Game of Thrones with Katniss as the Mockingjay with X-Men in a tantalising YA twist of magical perfection”. Yeap. You got me completely hooked already!

The Empathy Era – by Belinda Parmar

Belinda is the founder of social enterprise Little Miss Geek and the CEO of Lady Geek – a consultancy dedicated to transforming the way companies engage and sell to women. I love all things related to empowering women and innovation (even more when they combined), so this this books is a clear must-read!

New York, USA

Are you there, vodka? It’s me, Chelsea – by Chelsea Handler

Am I super late to the party? Ok, Probably. So, I’ve got to admit: I have no idea who Chelsea is (I mean, I do – I googled her and learned that she played a role on This is War), but everyone raves about her books, so I’m going to join the masses. It sounds like a fresh fun beach read!

What Alice forgot – by Liane Moriarty

I loved the agility and characters in The Husband’s Secret and can’t wait to dive into another of Liane’s books. I’m attracted to stories in which the character tries to reconstruct past events (just as in Elizabeth is Missing, for example), so I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to let it down!

Unbecoming – by Rebecca Scherm

So, the first Goodreads review I read said that this book is “a little cocktail mix of Gone Girl and The Goldfinch with a little garnish of The Talented Mr. Ripley“. This, of course, sounds almost too good to be true! But if there’s only a tiny little resemblance to any of these, I’m happy. Also, the story itself, revolving around a runaway living in Paris under an assumed identity sounds like a great start!

The tipping point: How little things can make a big difference – by Malcom Gladwell

I love to read about complex phenomenons explained with in simpler terms. The Tipping Point is the name given by epidemiologists for the moment in an epidemic when everything can change all at once. Malcom takes this concept and applies it to sales, marketing and social change.

Have you read any of these books yet? What’s on your summer reading list?

29 thoughts on “My 2015 summer reading list

  1. Hi Kate! I saw that you like culture, so you might also like lenguages. I haven’t read it yet, but there is this book called “THOUGH THE LANGUAGE GLASS. Why the world looks different in other lenguages.” i find it supper interesting, and i’ve been told that is good. So if you run out of books.. that is the one on my list, that i recomend you the most.

  2. Looks like my summer reading list just got longer! 😉 I started the tipping point but sadly never got the chance to finish it before it went back to the library, but I’ve reqd Malcolm gladwell’s David and Goliath and absolutely loved it. It’s about how we as a society view advantages all wrong. So interesting! Thanks for the post, I always enjoy your blog!

    1. Thank you, Emma! It took me forever to pick out one of Malcom Gladwell’s books for this summer (I figured that maybe reading all of them on one go would be a bit excessive hehe) but I’ve heard great things about David and Goliath – will definitely put it on the list!

  3. This is the third time someone has mentioned The Red Queen, and it can’t be coincidence! Off to fill up my Kindle I go!

  4. I’ve read The Tipping Point and found it insightful in many areas of life. It’s optimistic and gives us reason to look for and find The Tipping Point. I want to read The Empathy Era, based on your brief review and the title itself.

    I’m reading a 1969 vintage book by Laurie Lee, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning. It’s a memoir by a young man from England who sets out on foot to see the world. He tells the stories of those he meets, as well as his own story on foot. Description is delectable!

    I’m about ready for another Joe Sandilands Investigation mystery in Barbara Cleverly’s series of novels that take place in the early 1920’s in Britain and India. I’m reading them as “research” for an historical fiction story I’m writing located in India. This gives me ideas of language usage, and info on the caste system.

    Thanks for sharing your reading list, Kate!

    1. Wow, thank you for these tips! I admit I also try to take writing inspiration from some of my favorite books – some really have a way with words that transports you to an entire different era.

  5. We seem to share the same taste in books – I read Blink many years ago (Gladwell’s other book The Tipping Point is also a great read) and have recently finished The Happiness Project. My book club is reading Me Before You, a short and powerful story.

  6. Its not you, its me is on my reading lost as well. I need to read You had me at Hello too. Just recently read the book ‘Game of Scones’ and that was a fun summer read. Right now im reading ‘Stranger Child” by Rachel Abbott and i’m loving it. Its a psychological thriller that keeps me reading all night. I loved all Malcolm Gladwell’s books so I definitely recommend that 🙂

    1. Someone had recommended “Stranger Child” to me! I must note it down. I just finished Its not me its you – it’s really a fun and light read, perfect for lounging at the pool 😉

  7. Blink is a really interesting read- you made me think about the little list I made after finishing it (books to read that were referenced or people recommended because they knew I was reading it). I’ll write about when that happens soon:-)
    Also- the Happiness project is a wonderful book. If you like it, try her book about habits ‘Better than Before’. Awesome! I saw her speak a few months ago and she has a really good dynamic in person too.

    1. I had really been hoping to read Blink for such a long time – everyone tells me it’s really good! I had read the Happiness Project years ago, but hadn’t realized she had another book on habits – thank you for the tip!

  8. My book club is reading Unbecoming for our next book and it sounds fantastic! I love Patricia Highsmith and Donna Tartt, so that review you mentioned makes me even more excited to read it 🙂

  9. I love all Chelsea Handler’s books! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

    Next on my reading list is Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson about expat life in the U.S. And UK.

  10. My Summer Reading List includes:

    Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking- by Malcom Gladwell

    Sharp Object by Gillian Flynn
    If you liked Gone Girl this is by the same author and just as great!

    The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
    nice read about self growth and reaching ultimate happiness

    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential)
    here it’s okay to judge a book by it’s cover

    Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
    If you like Jodi Picoult and mysteries then I recommend this book

    1. Oh I read Sharp Objects (and Dark Places, too!) – they were both brilliant! Thank you so much for the recommendations – I have to look into Jodi Picoult. I admit, I hadn’t heard of her books before!

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