How to Choose Books for Your Summer Reading

beach readingSummer is my favorite season of the year. I absolutely love warm weather and the feel of sunshine on my shoulders. The Summertime is also many readers’ favorite time of the year because it’s a space where clocks and time are slowed and the easiness of life takes over. For some, summer reading is a perfect opportunity to catch up on the reading you’ve been wanting to do all year, but hadn’t had the time. Choosing books for the summer can be both an arduous and exciting task. If you are like me and want to read many books over the course of the summer, you may want to “spice” up your reading list with a variety of choices. Below you will find the type of books you may want to add to your reading list for those hot summer days spent in the shade or out on the beach.

1. A classic-You can’t go wrong with a novel written by one of the greats. Opt for one that is set in the summer or in a hot place, to maximize your summer feels.

2. A mystery-Go for a page turner or a real thriller. It’s perfect for those nights around a bonfire on the beach, or if you need good travel book for those long train rides.

3. A self-help book-The summertime is the perfect time to reflect on all you’ve done so far during the year, and to see if those New Year’s resolutions actually held up. Pick out a self help book that really stretches you and your mind. I find reading self-help books during the summer helps gear me up for the schedule packed and zooming fall season.

4. A biography-If you’re typically not a fan of non-fiction, try opting for a biography on someone whom you really admire. Take a peek inside their life and find out the not quite ordinary.

5. A contemporary/modern novel written by a person of color-No this does not mean go pick out a Maya Angelou quote book, or to lug around Roots. This mean go find a newish-sort novel written not by an old dead white guy. This mean do your research and find out who the hot writers are right now and how they are impacting the community. Any minority community that is. If you want to diversify your reading, now is the time to do so.

6. A graphic novel-Because sometimes while the sun is beating down on our backs, the last thing we can concentrate on a string words put together. Try reading a graphic novel and let the pictures do the talking for you. It’s also a great way to spice up your reading, and try something new if you never read any graphic novels.

7. A play-Generally Not many people grab stage plays to read, and I for the life of me can’t understand why? Plays are some of the most fascinating reads. Try one out this summer.

8. A coloring book- Yup. I said it. A coloring book. With adult coloring books coming into fruition, more people are recognizing the calming and therapeutic nature of drawing. So grab your pencils, crayons, or whatever you like best, and start filling in your rainbow pages.

9. A study book or some subject. Yes I know. The summer is NOT the time to be pressing your brain too hard, or to think about school or teaching. However, it actually is the perfect time to exercise those brain muscles and keep brain in tip top shape. I’m not so great at math. And even though I’ve already graduated university, I want practice my math skills because it keeps other parts of your brain sharp as well!

10. A series-You know that ten part saga you’ve been wanting to start all year but didn’t have the time? Well here’s your opportunity! Begin a book series. That way, if the series is extremely good, you’ll have something to look forward to reading the entire summer.

I hope the above list of suggestions really help you in choosing your summer reading list. Remember it’s your reading list, so always choose something that is tailored to your taste. What other suggestions do you have for picking out summer reading?

Happy Reading!


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