Goodbye Summer Reading List: 2017 Summer Books

Hello. My name is Sara and I am a bookaholic.

(“Hi Sara.”)

As a kid, summer meant three things for me: beach, countryside, and books.

My vacations were spent largely ignoring the awesome places my family took me to in favor of the imaginary worlds of my books.

(Not an exaggeration, I have pictures immersed in reading in the middle of a rain forest, and my first trip to Italy was spent with my nose in the 5th Harry Potter book.)

Even though I grew up and started appreciating life more and thus reading less, summer still means a reading pile so big I know I’m going to have books leftover until Christmas.

Here are the five best books I read this summer (and the one I didn’t have time for).

(Warning: I’m keeping my recommendations vague and non-spoilery so as not to spoil it for those who still haven’t read the books and want to in the future.)

The Classic: On the Road by Jack Kerouac

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Last year I went on a huge reading trip, and after finishing works by the Lost Generation (still love Fitzgerald, still tolerate Hemingway), I threw myself at the Beat movement.

It… Didn’t go well.

Ginsberg was fine, but I didn’t like Burroughs, so I put Kerouac on the self, only to be picked up now.

Still aimless and still different, this book isn’t so much about a story as it is about the surrounding era. It’s a book makes me want to drink, crank up some jazz and go on a cross country journey just because. Like the movement, like the author, it’s a book that feels cool.

In summary: if you’re going Beat literature, start here (and maybe end here as well).


The non-fiction: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

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As someone who tries to keep up with the world, I watch my fair share of American late night TV(specifically Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert), so when a couple of months ago Senator Franken went on a publicity tour to sell his new book, I was intrigued enough to get the ebook.

The story of a comedian turned politician is riveting on its own, and the book didn’t disappoint. I learned, I laughed, I said “Why God, why?”, the works.

If you like your politics to come with a size of humor and aren’t offended by chapters like “Tax-dodging, rape-joking, pornographer for Senate”, this book is a summer must.


The fun fiction: Say Goodbye to Hollywood by Jenny Trout

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If you pick up one book of my rec list, let this be the one. Jenny Trout is a seasoned writer and a hilarious blogger, whose 50 Shades of Grey recaps made me laugh out loud nonstop.

When she wrote a book based on the behind the scene rumors of the movie, I knew I had to have it! Read it! Bask in its existence.

So I did and unsurprisingly loved the book. It’s got romance, it’s got laughs, it’s all around hitter that I wanted to reread the second I finished it.

(So I did because summer is made for indulging.)


The Comic Book: Spider Gwen

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Am I officially outing myself as a comic book nerd? I guess I am.

Spider Gwen exists in a world where she was the one bit by a radioactive spider and Peter Parker was just her boyfriend. The stories are fun (Gwen is in a girl band called the Mary Janes), the illustrations beautiful in pastel colors that are clearly trying to appeal to the female crowd (and managing, because I’m a sucker for pretty things), and Gwen’s characterization and growth are great to see.

As someone who loved her in the original Spider Man’s books (yes, I have old collections starting in the 60’s), this what if world is my current favorite thing print Marvel is doing.


The yearly re-read: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Does this need explaining? I’ve read this book so many times I’ve lost count, and I still love it.

If you haven’t read it yet… Where have you been?! Go read it!



(Or watch one of the movies, if you’re feeling lazy.)


The One That Got Away (And I Will Read In The Fall): Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

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A romanticized version of the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler? This Hamilton lover says YES PLEASE. I just ordered my copy and will be reading it in the fall.

(I’ll let you know how I like it later.)






What were your favorite books this summer?



Sara A.



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