Good writers read good writing. While you are writing your work-in-progress, keep reading great books. Here’s our recommendations for a super summer reading list.


Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan

Death in the Baltic: WWII Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff by Cathryn Prince

Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill

Good Prose: The Art of Non-Fiction by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd

The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard

Gulp by Mary Roach


After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story by Michael Hainey

Her by Christa Parravani

Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neurochemist Examines his Former Life on Drugs by Marc Lewis

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

With or Without You by Domenica Ruta

The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne

Fiction and short stories

Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Damage Control by Amber Dermot

Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Sun by Philipp Meyer

Tenth of December by George Saunders

What’s on your summer reading list?

4 thoughts on “Summer Reading List

  1. Thanks for the summer reading list, Jill! I’ m off for the summer, & want to read some good books!
    ALSO enjoyed reading Sandy’s blogs-really glad the cousins are collaborating!
    All my best,

    • I hear there’s no time “off” when you’re living on a farm Staci. You’ll find some great books on the list. I, too, enjoy reading every word Sandy writes.

  2. Summer is my favorite season, mainly due to the extra reading time I have. Right now I’m enjoying “The Other Wes Moore” and have a pulpy Stephen King waiting on deck.

    • Mine too and with all the rain this late spring and summer, it’s given me more time to read more fiction at the expense of the yard and garden. “The Other Wes Moore” is one I forgot to add to the list. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while. I’m ready to dive into “Kindness for Weakness” by Shawn Goodman. Thanks Jenna. More reading time in the hammock….Summer time.

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