Summer Reading List

summer reading list

So I’ve sort of fallen off the reading wagon this year. As my Goodreads goal reminds me so often, I am so behind!

My school schedule allowed for limited reading this year, and I struggled with finding books that I really loved earlier in the year which caused me to fall behind as well.

But that’s what summer is for! I want to finally tackle a bunch of the books that have been on my TBR list and cross some heavyweights off my list. And what better time to do that than summer? I have no plans for the summer except to work and blog and write and so I hope to fall in love with some great books.

Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility

Despite my claim of being an Austen fan, I have still not read all of her books! I know, it’s terrible but I plan on rectifying this this summer! I have all of her books, but just never got around to reading the others. I recently finished Persuasion and loved it, and so want to read both Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility next.


Another confession: I have never read Dickens! For some reason it was never on my English reading list in high school and so I never got around reading him. I have no idea where to begin, but I definitely want to read one Dickens by the end of the summer. I’m debating between Oliver TwistBleak House, and Great Expectations. Any suggestions anyone? What’s your favourite Dickens novel?

Harry Potter

Up until a few years ago, I used to routinely reread the Harry Potter series but it’s been a few years since my last reread and so I’m dying to go back to Hogwarts! I recently watched the seventh movie with my brother and I was dancing with excitement of returning to the world, and now I’m dying to start the series all over again.

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian

I read Artemis Fowl as a kid, and kept up with all the books until the last one. I used to love this series during high school and so really want to go back to it to find out what happened in the end. I can’t remember the last book so I might have to do some digging on the internet before I begin this one but I’m excited!

Roald Dahl

During my last placement in a grade 4 classroom, I began to read my students Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and it was wonderful! I had such a fabulous time reading it that it made think about all the other Roald Dahl books I haven’t read. I’ve had some of them read to me and have seen the movies of others, but I’d love to go back to my childhood and reread these classics.

Children’s Books

So overall I just want to read a whole bunch of kids books! Working at Chapters, I spend a lot of time in the kids’ section and there are so many wonderful books published in the past few years that I want to read. But because I spend so much time reading teen books, I never get to go back to middle grade chapter books, but this summer I really want to!

And that’s my summer reading list! Do you have any suggestions? What will you be reading this summer?

Thanks for reading,


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  1. Lydia says:

    I read Great Expectations earlier this year and it was my first Dickens! I didn’t love it, because I really disliked the majority of the characters, but his writing is beautiful. And I’ve been recommended by a few people to go for Bleak House as my next Dickens, so maybe that would be a good starting place for you?
    Hope you enjoy Mansfield Park and S&S. Jane Austen is fabulous! (:
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    • Ikhlas says:

      Thanks for the recommendation! I googled it to see what peoples’ favourite Dickens was but there was no unanimous decision so I wasn’t sure. But I’ll definitely check out Bleak House!
      And yes, I love Austen! I’ve read everything else but those two, and so I plan on rectifying this.
      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Natalie @ Browsing Bookshelves says:

    Definitely read Sense and Sensibility before Mansfield Park! Mansfield Park is my least favourite Austen novel 😛 I have yet to read a novel by Dickens either! I started reading Great Expectations last September to help rectify that situation, but I just couldn’t get into it and ended up stopping around the first 150 pages. I should probably give it another try…eventually! Great summer reading list! Enjoy!

    • Ikhlas says:

      Thanks for the tip, Natalie! I had a similar situation with Mansfield Park where I couldn’t get into it last summer and abandoned it. But I’ll definitely read Sense and Sensibility before it!

      And we should totally do a Dickens read-a-long! Just so we can encourage each other 🙂

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