My Unbreakable Summer Reading List

The summer has barely arrived and already I feel it slipping away from me. Part of me just wants to curl under a rock and finally get to the hoards of books I’ve been meaning to read. Ah, if life was perfect I could just read all summer.

However, considering the fact that this summer is probably going to bring some MAJOR life changes for me, I really want to spend bunches of time with my family and friends making awesome memories.

Look at this fantisimal summer adventure list I’m working on:

  • Lots and lots of stand-up paddleboarding at our local lake
  • Hiking in the Appalachians
  • Bonfire (with smores of course)
  • Attend a baseball game
  • FIREWORKS (I’m a lil obsessed with fireworks)
  • Local amusement park with my co-workers
  • MORE HIKING (seriously, can’t get enough)
  • Serve at a local bible camp
  • Watch a sunset from epic location
  • Finally get my driver’s liscense
  • Go to an outdoor symphony concert
  • Go Lazer Tagging for my lil sister’s high school graduation
  • Run a 5k with my lil sis
  • Run a 10k with my lil sis
  • Stargaze… always
  • Makeshift prom… okay it’ll be a just dance party
  • Cheer my lil bro on at his smarty-pants event in the state capital
  • Roadtrip to Kentucky with my big sister
  • Drive to Illinoise for the NATIONAL COLLEGE TRAINING that I’ve been looking forward to every single day since I first heard about it a year ago.
  • Roadtrip to Georgia with my big sissy
All things considered, I’m starting to lose confidence in my plan to read 24/7. The problem is, I’ve tried narrowing down my reading list but it won’t budge. I need some serious help. Your help.
I’ve decided to post some of the books I’m considering to get your recommendations. THANKS
Maybe I’m being too ambitious? HELP! I cannot narrow it down. Have you read any of these? Is there something missing that I should add? What to read? 

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

28 thoughts on “My Unbreakable Summer Reading List”

  1. How Green Was My Valley is one of my favourite books of ever. I gasped audibly when I saw it just now. Apart from my parents who I forced to read it I know NO ONE who's read it, no bloggers at least!

    It's the most beautiful book. The writing is absolutely incredible. By the end of it you feel an affection for Wales that will surprise you. The descriptions of the countryside, of the singing, of the community, of the food …. it's so beautiful it hurts sometimes.

    And the storyline. Oh, the storyline. Llewellyn does these incredibly single sentences that change everything. A couple of them are still burnished behind my eyes.

    Also, 1984. That's the only other of those books I've read but it is a book and a half. Orwell is a genius. It's one my favourites, too. Yes maybe it will break your soul but I would recommend 326%.


  2. I ran a 5k just the other day! 🙂 It isn't that hard, once you have trained for a while.
    I want to read Unbroken this year. My Mom and younger brother have already read it, but I have so many books on my shelf that I needed to read and get back to the library that I just haven't gotten around to checking it out and reading it.


  3. Both of your lists look awesome to me!! I definitely have to make time for some picnics this summer, too.
    The only one I've read on your book list was the Time Traveler's Wife, which I really enjoyed, except that sometimes there were sex scenes and I had to skim. That was really un-delightful. :p but other than that, as far as I remember the book was good!


  4. The only book I've read on this list is The Time Traveler's Wife, which I LOVED but it took me awhile to get through. I'm a slow reader, though, which is why I only set my goal for the YEAR at 15. But why not shoot high? What do you have to lose? =)


  5. Your summer looks like so much fun! You should definitely read Unbroken! I'm reading 1984 too! Also, those books on accents and maps look like fun! And the Know It All book! I'll have to check that out! Good luck on your driver's license! I need to get mine too :/


  6. The Crucible and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain are both FANTASTIC. If you get a chance, you might consider both the movies, too! The Crucible is a play, so it's obviously intended to be performed rather than read, and I found the movie to be a really good rendition of the book—but that's because the director and the author are the same man! You'll have to share your thoughts when you read both; I'd definitely love to hear your thoughts once you read them. 🙂


  7. Okay, sounds like those are both must musts. I didn't realize the crucible was a play, so I should be able to read it pretty fast. I saw the trailers for the movies and they look good. Can't wait to get started! THANKS!


  8. Thanks! I've been putting off my license for WAY TOO LONG. Honestly, I've been putting off 1984 for like five years now. I wish I had a book club or read-a-long to help me with Unbroken and 1984, I feel like they are the kind of books that could greatly benefit from a social reading. Let me know what you think about 1984!


  9. CONGRATS! Yeah, I've run a couple of 5ks now and really enjoy them. Have you ever tried one where they throw stuff at you? Like mud, or bubbles, or paint? I've heard of a lot of unique 5k ideas and I think I'd like to try one of those next.


  10. WOW. I found How Green Is My Valley because I've been on a Welsh obsession lately. Don't you love it when you find some random completely unknown book that just cuts right through you? It is so painful because the rest of the NEEDS TO KNOW… and yet kinda special that you have your own treasure : )


  11. Yes! My aunt who works in a bookshop sent it to my for my birthday a couple of years ago. I have to admit, at first I was kinda: “hmm, Penguin classic I've never heard of set in a mining village in Wales …. can I not?” Which just goes to show, you never know when you've discovered your next favourite book.

    Yes, makes me think of a quotation from John Green: “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.”


  12. So when I first started reading your summer adventure list, I thought the second thing said “PANIC.” And I’m like… um, I guess that could be considered adventurous…? Hehe. OKAY, awkwardness aside. This is such a fantastic list! (Both of them.) Gosh, road tripping, SUPing, hiking, fireworks… your summer sounds like it’s going to be EPIC, girl. I’m not much of a reader, so I don’t know any of these books except for Go Set a Watchman, which I’d love to read but haven’t gotten around to yet. So I’m afraid I won’t be very helpful in that department. But gosh, you’re super ambitious! Good luck. (;



  13. Ah, glad to hear that your summer is going to be fantasically amazing as well. I'm serving at a local bible camp called “summer school of truth”.

    The idea of narrowing this list down has kinda dwindled to a “haha that's not happening.” My new strategy is to just read as fast as possible and see what I can fit in. I'd love to hear your thoughts on To Kill A Mockingbird and the other books as you read them!


  14. 1984, The Crucible, Unbroken… : )

    It's going to be a good summer!

    P.S. I'd like to check out that On the Map.

    Ruth @ Great Book Study


  15. Ooh, I love that quote. And lemme tell you I just got the book from the library and am thoroughly enjoying it so far. Thanks so much for the recommendation!


  16. It sounds like you're going to have a lovely summer! What a great list! And what a great book list, too!!! I have quite a few of these on my to-read list as well. =)


  17. Okay. READING UNBROKEN IS NOT EVEN A CHOICE. There shouldn't even be a doubt in your mind about that. At all.

    😛 I'm obviously kidding, but yes, Unbroken is amazing, and I think you'll enjoy it. Even though it's nonfiction, it reads like fiction, and the details are so vivid. It's also an extremely inspiring book; I found it amazing to see how Louie Zamperini became a Christian and used his horrid experiences to help others.

    Also, I would definitely read Go Set a Watchman. Obviously, I can't say anything about how good it actually is, but I know I'll definitely be reading it when it comes out because To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books ever.


  18. GOOD TO KNOW! I've heard so many great things about this book. And of all the books I listed above, it seems to be the most recommended. Sounds like it is just going to have to happen : )



  19. Yeah, I saw it in a bookstore when I was at the British Library in London. I didn't buy it there because… museum gift shop prices… but I've been trying to get ahold of it ever since.


  20. To kill a mockingbird and the Crucible are musts. Personally I prefer Brave New World to 1984 and didn’t like the Time Travellers wife that much, but you could still do a lot worse 🙂


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