Summer 2017 Reading List

Happy Monday! I collaborated with Jessie, a fellow English major from, to bring you some of our top reading suggestions for this summer! You can find her top Summer 2017 Reading List picks here, and you can check out my Summer 2017 Reading List on her blog! Without further ado, here’s Jessie’s Summer 2017 Reading List, perfect for taking a break from school and getting lost in a good story! 

I am so excited to be guest posting on Sam’s blog! We are both English majors so we clicked right away when it came to reading! I wanted to share some of my favorite summer reads with you because it was always slightly difficult for me to find the perfect summer read when I would be looking for one. So, here is my ultimate Summer 2017 Reading List… oh and no spoilers either!

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

Summary: When thirty-eight-year-old New Yorker writer Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true.

This book was a surprising life changing read to me. I picked it up because I saw that it was new and was curious what this was about. When I found out that Ariel was a writer herself, I was so happy because I love reading about others who make careers out of writing! Pick this book up, you won’t regret it.

You can find The Rules Do Not Apply on Amazon for $10.99

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

Summary: The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love.

If you are needing spiritual assistance or wanting to fight the unwanted task of feeling unwelcome then this book is a must-have for you. It gave me so much encouragement and joy after reading it. Lysa really hits on some important aspects of life and how to incorporate God in it all.

You can find Uninvited on Amazon for $10.99

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Summary: Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident and that she’s carrying his baby, she’s devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it’ll never break—because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever

I read this book a while back but I will never forget the amazing impact it had on me. If you are into dramatic romances, this book is for you. Prepare yourself, it will definitely tug on your heartstring.

You can find Someone Like You on Amazon for $5.99

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Summary: Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey take readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

Poetry is one of my favorite types of literature to read. Rupi really touches base on so many different aspects. Through the pain and victories of her life, she ever-so eloquently depicts many situations of these things. I loved this book so much that I had chosen it to do for my final Senior Seminar in college and have even applied a lot of her truths to my own life.

You can find Milk and Honey on Amazon for $8.99

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Summary: Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results.

Okay, I don’t know about you, but I love to attempt to get my life together during the summer, so what better way than to use the KonMari method to clean up your space. She takes you step by step of her foolproof method of cleaning up and getting your life back through experiences, moments, and joy rather than material things.

You can find The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up on Amazon for $8.99

South and West by Joan Didion

Summary: Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles–and here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. She interviews prominent local figures, describes motels, diners, a deserted reptile farm, a visit with Walker Percy, a ladies’ brunch at the Mississippi Broadcasters’ Convention. She writes about the stifling heat, the almost viscous pace of life, the sulfurous light, and the preoccupation with race, class, and heritage she finds in the small towns they pass through.

Joan, Joan, Joan. This woman. She is so expressive in her writing. You get to see the inside of her amazingly detailed journal through this book. It’s a smaller read but something that you could definitely enjoy while on the beach one day.

You can find South and West on Amazon for $11.99


So there you go! As you can see I am definitely a sucker for memoirs and nonfiction literature! I don’t know what it is with me, I just love to learn about others lives and the experiences they went through! I hope you enjoyed this Summer 2017 Reading List and don’t forget to check out Sam’s Summer 2017 Reading List on my blog here!

Jessie is the owner of, a Christian lifestyle and travel blog. Follow her on Goodreads to see more of her reading recommendations!

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