The Ultimate Summer Reading List (a challenge)

So because (between two jobs and this blog), I’m not busy enough, I’m starting a perennial reading challenge.  Buzzfeed has its Ultimate Summer Reading List of 100 beach reads.  I’ve read 34 of them, but will re-read everything (except for the ones I’ve read recently; links to reviews will be added as I go).  This won’t happen this summer but hopefully will happen by the end of the year.  By the end of next year at the latest.

(13/100; * means I’ve read it before but will reread it)

1)  Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

2)  I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

3)  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

4)  The Vacationers by Emma Straub

5)  Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

6)  Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

7)  Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

8)  The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

9)  Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson*

10)  The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

11)  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

12)  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling*

13)   Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

14)  The Martian by Andy Weir

15)  Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

16)  Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

17)  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

18)   My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

19)  The One and Only by Emily Giffin

20)  Save the Date by Jen Doll

21)  Go Ask Alice by anonymous

22)  The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

23)  Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

24)  Lost Girls by Robert Kolker

25)  The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

26)  Summer House with a Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

27)  Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding*

28)  The Bees by Laline Paull

29)  Walks With Men by Ann Beattie

30)  The Heiresses by Sara Shepard

31)  Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead

32)  The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

33)  One More Thing by B.J. Novak

34)  Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare*

35)  I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

36)  Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

37)  The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls by Anton Disclafani

38)  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

39)  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn*

40)  Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris*

41)  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

42)  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold*

43)  Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

44)  The Fault in our Stars by John Green*

45)  The Help by Kathryn Stockett*

46)  Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

47)  Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbett*

48)  The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han*

49)  I Am Having So Much Fun Without You by Courtney Maum

50)  The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Neffenegger*

51)  Bossypants by Tina Fey*

52)  Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes

53)  The Princess Bride by William Goldman*

54)  Ophelia Speaks by Sara Shandler

55)  Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

56)  The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus*

57)  The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger*

58)  Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen

59)  The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

60)  Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews

61)  The Quick by Lauren Owen

62)   Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

63)  State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

64)  The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

65)  This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

66)  Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld*

67)  The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez

68)  Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquirel

69)  The Accident by Chris Pavone

70)  Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold

71)  The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd*

72)  The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

73)  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*

74)  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen*

75)  The Cider House Rules by John Irving

76)  Wool by Hugh Howey

77)  My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult*

78)   Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

79)  Young Money by Kevin Roose

80)  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Sitterfeld*

81)  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

82)  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Maggach

83)  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

84)  Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

85)  Defending Jacob by William Landay

86)  Night Film by Marisha Pessl

87)  NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

88) Delancey by Molly Wizenberg

89)  Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

90)  Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella*

91)  The Luxe by Anna Godbersen*

92)  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon*

93)  Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

94)  Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way To Monogamy by Ophira Eisenberg

95)  All Day and a Night by Alafair Burke

96)  Bicentennial by Dan Chiasson

97)  Jaws by Peter Benchley

98)  The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

99)   Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro

100)  One for the Money by Janet Evanovich*

Anyone else in?  And how many of these have you read?

11 thoughts on “The Ultimate Summer Reading List (a challenge)

  1. You’ve never read Jaws?!?

    This is an ambitious list. Some of them are on my to-read list as well. There’s no way I can commit to reading all of them. No way.

        1. There are a bunch for me; I’m betting Jaws will be one. Also Psycho, The Exorcist, The Godfather, Election, Little Children, Fever Pitch (soccer to baseball, added a Stephen King cameo), Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me (loved both novellas, just not as much as the movies)…so a small bunch, but still. :)

  2. Surprisingly I have read 28, and a couple are on my to read list. Wool is one I own and can’t wait to read.I really enjoyed the Night Circus and LOVED the Cuckoo’s Calling. The Sequel comes out this week. Can’t wait.

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