Back when I was in grade school, I spent a significant amount of my summers reading. It started with my mom requiring my brothers and I to read for 20 minutes five days a week. I would usually groan as I typed in twenty minutes on the kitchen stove timer and took my book into the living room to read. However, most of the time I would end of going over the time minimum in order to find out what happened at the end of the chapter or even the end of the book. Reading has been an ingrained love of mine. Though I read so many phenomenal books at school, it isn’t quite like fun reading.

I had a slower summer this year, so I occupied my time with copious amounts of reading. Today I will be discussing the books that I got through this summer!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

That’s right, Philosopher’s Stone, not Sorcerer’s Stone. One of my favorite things to do while on vacations is to buy books. No matter what book I get, I love being reminded of the places I have been when I decided to pick it up. While I was in London this past winter, I had to pick up the Philosopher’s Stone for a read.

This version had a few word conversions common in the British English language differing from the United State’s English (even a few I had to look up). I’ve read the Sorcerer’s Stone too many times to count, but it’s always a delight to come back to a childhood favorite. Not only did it remind me of my trip to London and Paris, but it also took me back to reading the Harry Potter series as a kid. I am quite particular on the books I read more than once, but I have found that coming back to such a memorable childhood favorite put me in such a good mood. I was so glad I decided to start off my summer with this one.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Yes, you read that correctly. I read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series. When I was on spring break with friends in Boulder, Colorado this past spring, we came across a ice cream shop with a book store. Of course each of us got a scoop of ice cream, but one of my friends and I came across two books containing the entire Chronicles of Narnia series. We both had to pick them up, and I was finally able to get through it this summer.

Though it was a bit strange reading kids stories, I had  a lot of fun doing it. I had seen all of the Narnia movies, but I didn’t have the chance to read them or have them read to me as a kid. After visiting The Eagle and Child (the pub where C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and other incredible writers met for their writer’s group), I wanted to take a swing at some of C.S. Lewis’ work. It was a phenomenal series that I highly recommend. There was lots of adventure, and the Catholic references were out of this world! It’s definitely a book I plan to keep for a very long time.

A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

This was a pretty unexpected book for me to read. I’ve been so focused on plowing through the classics until I came across this book at the book store. I remember seeing it on a table of summer recommendations last year, and I was enticed. I had loved reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in high school, so this one stuck out to me. After receiving it for Christmas, I finally had the chance to start it this summer.

This has been one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Reading about what it may have been like being the wife of the famous F. Scott was so fascinating. As a writer, it was interesting reading about the struggles of authors in the 1920s. It was a very exciting time in the United States history to read about, as well as the time in Paris (I love reading books that are set in Paris.) I haven’t quite reached the last page of this book, but I recommend it to anyone, especially those who have picked up one or two of F. Scott’s books.

Did you read any really good books this summer? Comment them bellow! Also, make sure you are subscribed to the email list so that you are notified every time I post.

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