Summer 2013 Reading List

To know me is to know my love of books. As an only child, I took to reading pretty early as a way to entertain myself, and somewhere along the way I fell in love with books. I have a forever growing spreadsheet of books I want to read, so every few months, I pick several books from the list and commit to reading them. This summer, I have six on my list.

The Happiness Project (Gretchin Rubin) I'm not big on self-help books, but I've been wanting to read this one for a while. There are a TON of mixed reviews, and it definitely doesn't appear to be a deep read, but I'll reserve judgment until I read it and report back.

Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) I wanted to read this when it came out last summer, but didn't. Which is surprising, given my love for psychological thrillers. (Confession: I am pretty much obsessed with any type of psychological criminology.) I typically stay away from books that are all the rage (Harry Potter, 50 Shades of Grey, etc.), so I think I was a little hesitant, but I can't fight it anymore. I'm reading it.

And the Mountains Echoed (Khaled Hosseini) I'm a huge fan of good character development, and if his first two books were any indication of the third, I'm going to love this one. This may be the one I'm most excited to read this summer.

Dream With Little Angels (Michael Hiebert) I saw this one in the bookstore a couple of weeks ago when it was released, and immediately fell in love with the synopsis. It has a distinct To Kill A Mockingbird feel, which is one of my all-time favorites.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (Susan Cain) As an intense ISTJ, I feel like this book was made for me. I started talking about this book with one of my best girls, L, a couple of weeks ago on Twitter, and have been obsessed with wanting to read it since then.

A Place at the Table (Susan Rebecca White) I don't remember where I ran across this one last month, but after finding it on Amazon, I knew I had to read it. The first six words of the description are: "Celebrating the healing power of food." That's all it took to get me hook, line, and sinker. Plus, the reviews are wonderful. I definitely won't be missing out on this one.

So tell me, fellow reading enthusiasts: Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What's on your reading list this summer? Are there any other must reads out there I need to add?