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Sarah Braesch lives in the D.C. metro area with her husband, boy/girl twins and two very loud cats. Sarah blogs at Sarah and the Goon Squad, Draft Day Suit and various other places. Her confessional blog, Sarah and the Goon Squad, documents the everyday life of raising a family in a way that is both empathetic and hysterical.

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Summer Reading

By Goon Squad Sarah |

I am an avid and unapologetic e-reader. I own a Kindle and an iPad, but honestly I do most of my reading on my phone.

Don’t judge me. I have good reasons. 1) I always have my phone with me. If I can read a few pages in the grocery store check out line, in the doctor’s office or at a very, very long red light I will. 2) It is backlit. I can read at night and not wake up my husband. 3) I know where my phone is. I can’t say the same for my Kindle. Also, my phone is always charged. It is sitting next to me now. Charging. Genius!

I also love ebooks because I can buy them without getting up off of my lazy butt. I can buy books tight from my phone. Not only can I just buy what I feel like reading right at that moment, but I have a huge backlog of books I want to read and so I already bought a bunch of them and they are there waiting for me.

Okay, I told you all of that to tell you this. Now that it is summer and I will be spending a lot of time at the pool (do I really have to be there for swim team practice?) I don’t necessarily want to take all of my electronics to be boiled in the heat and trampled by the children. Sure, I will have my phone there because I am entirely codependent upon it, but if I keep it out in the sun it overheats. Also, I think people think I am just playing Angry Birds and I want to come off as literate so it looks like I am going to have to get some old fashioned paper books for this summer.

I need your recommendations.

I have already read Jane’s book and Jenny’s book. It doesn’t have to be an easy beach read, last year I read most of Infinite Jest at the pool. I like fiction and non-fiction. It can be funny, it can be smart, it can be a classic or it can be totally off the wall and it is a huge bonus if I can get it at the library.

Help me readers! What should I read this summer?


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17 thoughts on “Summer Reading

  1. Laurie says:

    Do you still have Visit From the Goon Squad? Read that. I have some other ideas but I have no memory of anything at the moment, because I never read. I’ll let you know.

  2. I did read that. I thought it was excellent.

  3. Jeton Prince says:

    The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

  4. C A H says:

    Lost In Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

  5. J.R. Wirshing says:

    Only 1 recommendation? I can easily give you over 50! Most of my recreational reading is also self-improvement and/or leadership development-oriented. My top recommendations start with “Positive Personality Profiles,” “His Needs, Her Needs,” “The Five Love Languages,” “Love & Respect,” “The Magic of Thinking Big,” “Launching a Leadership Revolution,” “Rascal,” and “How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success.” Good Reading!

  6. Kristen says:

    I just read Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff and thought it was EXCELLENT. I’m getting ready to start her most recent book, Arcadia, and I’ve already heard great things about it.

  7. Kim Z Dale (@observacious) says:

    I’m not sure of your tastes, but 2 books I’ve enjoyed on beaches in summers past are
    Fluke: Or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

    Fluke is a funny and twisted mystery about a marine biologist studying humpback whale.

    Life of Pi is a thought-provoking, almost spiritual story of boy who survives a shipwreck of a boat full of zoo animals only to find himself trapped on a lifeboat with some of the animals, including a tiger. (The first 1/3 of the book is slow with exposition, but the pay off is worth it.)

    Whatever books you choose, I hope you enjoy them!

  8. Laura Case says:

    This is why you need to be on GoodReads. You get to see what your friends are reading, what they’ve rated it, and then add books to your to-read list!

    Here are my fave books I read in 2011 and 2012:
    Marcelo in the Real World
    Ready Player One
    Rules of Civility
    Fault In Our Stars
    Divergent … and then Insurgent
    Before I Go To Sleep
    Packing for Mars
    The Passage
    Theory of Light and Matter
    Ape House
    Language of Flowers

  9. Michael D. Cudahy says:

    Love David Foster Wallace. You didn’t say if you enjoyed “Infinite Jest” or not, but if so, try reading “Consider the Lobster” by him. I saw someone mentioned “Name of the Wind.” I would second that recommendation as well! I read on average, a book every three days, so I could go on for ever! Happy reading!

  10. Ingrid says:

    City of Thieves
    State of Wonder
    The Night Circus
    Cutting for Stone

  11. There are awesome suggestions, you guys. Please keep them coming.

  12. Issa says:

    I just finished Jenny’s book. Loved it. Um…next up is whatever Anna Quindlen’s new one is. It has cake in the title. I remember this. Ha. Can’t remember the name and my seven year old is hogging my kindle in the moment. I also sorta want to read 11/22/63 again. I read it so fast when it came out and I barely remember it.

  13. Lori Jo Vest says:

    The Hunger Game Series – written for adolescents, readable by adults. Loved all three books.

  14. Randy Talbot says:

    I just finished reading (actually listening to the audio book) a 19th century classic, “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexander Dumas and I eagerly recommend it.

  15. ClumberKim says:

    When I don’t know what to read I reach for Driving the Green (Strawn). It’s about the building of a golf course in Florida. Golf and commercial real estate. Written by a historian. Good stuff. I’ve read it at least 10 times.

    I also re-read all of Jane Austen every few years. For some reason, I always start in the summer. Jane feels more like winter reading but inspiration tends to strike me when it’s hot.

  16. Korinthia Klein says:

    Anything by Kazuo Ishiguro.
    The Family Fang
    Non-fiction: You’re Wearing That?
    I wish I had more time to read! I think the phone solution to getting in some reading on the go sounds brilliant, but my phone is just a phone and I never remember to charge it unless I’m going on a road trip.

  17. Sarah says:

    If you like Charles Dickens: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    Historical fiction/dystopian societies: The Plot Against America
    Patti Lupone’s memoir
    The Happiness Project

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