2020 Summer Reading List

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Summer plans look a little different today than they did a few months ago. With travel being cancelled or postponed to later in the year, some may need more than one “beach read” to survive the long summer. The uncertain summer might afford you the opportunity to read something out of your comfort zone. Let’s be honest, this summer might actually afford you the opportunity to actually sit, read and enjoy a book. The days will be long, so now is the chance to savor the moment. We can have a lavish summer in our heads with the help of a book or two or maybe even three.

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Memoirs

 

Born  A Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous, young boy (Trevor Noah) who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

 

Productivity

Finish by Jon Acuff

Year after year, readers pulled Jon Acuff aside at events and said, “I’ve never had a problem starting. I’ve started a million things, but I never finish them. Why can’t I finish? Because the sneakiest obstacle to meeting your goals is not laziness, but perfectionism. We’re our own worst critics, and if it looks like we’re not going to do something right, we prefer not to do it at all. That’s why we’re most likely to quit on day two, “the day after perfect”—when our results almost always underper­form our aspirations. 

Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

Fiction

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place the man hunting them for dead doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

 

Movie Worthy

My Year of Saying No by Maxine Morrey

When a long-term relationship ended, her best friend’s scheme to get Lottie back in the swing of things seemed like a good idea. She’s kept her promise to Jess to see it through but, as a lover of the quiet life, Lottie couldn’t be happier to say hello to a brand new year.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, blogger, Alix Chamberlain, calls her babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler, Briar, to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix’s efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged.

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

From the author of Me Before You, set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond to deliver books as a part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library.

 

For Older Kids

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. But William had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy, and he dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his life and the lives of those around him. His neighbors may have mocked him and called him misala—crazy—but William was determined to show them what a little grit and ingenuity could do.

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Hugs and love,

Dee Dee

Have you read any good books this summer? If so, please leave a comment below sharing your great read.

Dee Dee Wheaton

Dee Dee Wheaton is the editor and main contributor of her family’s blog, The Wheaton Takeover. She writes and edits her posts listening to hip hop and r&b while sipping hot tea. Dee Dee and her family have temporarily relocated to Dublin, Ireland from Houston, Texas. They are traveling the world, learning and experiencing new things everyday and loving life one day at a time. Through their blog, they share their worldwide excursions, experiences living as American expats in Ireland, lessons learned along the way and glimpses into their crazy life.

2 thoughts on “2020 Summer Reading List

  1. I am so happy that l can interact with you all again. My email was an issue for so long. I will be in touch. Love you all.

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