Summer Reading

One of my favorite parts of my day is riding the bus to and from work. This may sound odd, but 15 minutes each way armed with my Kindle provides time to read that I haven’t had in the last few years. In fact, I’ve been reading so much that when I saw the list of the most popular books of Summer 2011, I was happy to see how many I’ve read. Please to enjoy.
  • Denotes books I’ve read this summer.
  • Denotes books I’ve read before this summer.
  • Denotes books I have/plan to read before the end of the summer.
  1. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
    Suzanne Collins
  2. Water for Elephants
    Sara Gruen
  3. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
    Suzanne Collins
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
    J.K. Rowling
  5. The Help
    Kathryn Stockett
  6. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
    Suzanne Collins
  7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
    Stieg Larsson
  8. A Visit from the Goon Squad
    Jennifer Egan
  9. The Book Thief
    Markus Zusak
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
    J.K. Rowling
  11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
    J.K. Rowling
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
    J.K. Rowling
  13. Room
    Emma Donoghue
  14. What Happened to Goodbye
    Sarah Dessen
  15. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
    J.K. Rowling
  16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
    J.K. Rowling
  17. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice, #1)
    George R.R. Martin
  18. Bossypants
    Tina Fey
  19. Divergent (Divergent, #1)
    Veronica Roth
  20. Pride and Prejudice
    Jane Austen
  21. The Catcher in the Rye
    J.D. Salinger
  22. Beauty Queens
    Libba Bray
  23. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
    J.K. Rowling
  24. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
    Cassandra Clare
  25. Jane Eyre
    Charlotte Brontё
  26. The Time Traveler’s Wife
    Audrey Niffenegger
  27. The Picture of Dorian Gray
    Oscar Wilde
  28. Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11)
    Charlaine Harris
  29. The Kite Runner
    Khaled Hosseini
  30. Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)
    Gayle Forman
  31. Paper Towns
    John Green
  32. The Great Gatsby
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  33. The Last Song
    Nicholas Sparks
  34. Lolita
    Vladimir Nabokov
  35. Linger
    Maggie Stiefvater
  36. Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)
    Lauren DeStefano
  37. Along for the Ride
    Sarah Dessen
  38. Never Let Me Go
    Kazuo Ishiguro
  39. Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1)
    Emily Giffin
  40. The Art of Racing in the Rain
    Garth Stein
  41. The Hobbit
    J.R.R. Tolkien
  42. Matched (Matched, #1)
    Ally Condie
  43. Fahrenheit 451
    Ray Bradbury
  44. Before I Fall
    Lauren Oliver
  45. Looking for Alaska
    John Green
  46. 1984
    George Orwell
  47. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    Rebecca Skloot
  48. Unwind (Unwind, #1)
    Neal Shusterman
  49. North of Beautiful
    Justina Chen Headley
  50. Moby-Dick or, The Whale
    Herman Melville
Other books I’ve read this summer that didn’t make the top 50 include:
  • Thirteen Reasons Why
    Jay Asher
  • Dracula
    Braham Stoker
  • Commencement
    J. Courtney Sullivan
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book so far, but it got me to wondering: what books on the list have you read? Which would you recommend, or which do you think aren’t worth the time? Better yet, which books do you think should have made the Top 50 that you don’t see? I’m always looking for new reads, and I’d love any input I can get!
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