August Reading List

There’s nothing quite like a good book paired with a summer day, is there? I find I read much more during the summer than other times during the year. Perhaps it’s because I’m spending more time outside, or maybe it’s because I tend to travel lots during the summer. It also might have something to do with the longer daylight hours. Regardless, I’m always on the hunt for great books during warm weather months.

Below are five recommended reads to sneak in during the month of August.

1. The Light We Lost

Looking for a book you’ll fly through? Here it is! I stayed up until 2 a.m. one night finishing this book by Jill Santopolo. I just couldn’t put it down! It’s a compelling story about growing up and coming into your own; it’s about love, destiny and the choices we make along the way.

“Love does that. It makes you feel infinite and invincible, like the whole world is open to you, anything is achievable, and each day will be filled with wonder. Maybe it’s the act of opening yourself up, letting someone else in— or maybe it’s the act of caring so deeply about another person that it expands your heart.”

2. The Time Traveler’s Wife

This book by Audrey Niffenegger is, hands down, my favorite book of all time. It’s a beautiful love story that’s so very human, yet with the element of time travel woven in. This was the book that taught me how relatable and, well, human sci-fi can actually be. (Oh, and if you’ve seen the movie and didn’t love it, please read the book! It’s a million times better.) It’s beautifully written, and speaks to the power of being present.

“When we met I was wrecked, blasted, and damned, and I am slowly pulling myself together because I can see that you are a human being and I would like to be one, too.”

3. Letting Go of Leo: How I Broke Up with Perfection

I firmly believe anyone who’s ever been a middle school girl should read this book by Simi Botic. Anyone who’s had a less-than-ideal relationship with food should read it. So many of Simi’s experiences with her body and food and self-worth resonated with me because I’d felt them, too, and I’d wager many of you will feel the same way.

“The fact that it was hard didn’t mean I was failing. These were growing pains. In hindsight, I wouldn’t have sped up a second of it. I needed every second of the challenge to make me who I am today.”

4. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

I love this book by Cheryl Strayed because you can pick it up and read any chapter in isolation, or start from the beginning and read through until the end. Cheryl addresses a multitude of people and topics, so I think anyone is sure to find a chapter (or several!) that resonates with them. As a long-time fan of Dear Sugar, I find her writing to be masterful, and her insight is always inspirational.

“Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.”

5. A Man Called Ove

This is a precious story written by Fredrik Backman about curmudgeonly Ove. Readers will come to love Ove as they learn more about his past and his kind heart (no matter how hard he tries to hide it from view).

“He was a man of black and white. And she was color. All the color he had.”

photo credit: Angello Lopez