I feel like it’s been forever since I wrote a Listed! post, so here we are! I have a very very detailed and thought-through book list in mind for the books I want to read this summer break and so I hope this post will help me realize this. Because – I can see it coming already: I thoroughly plan what to read and bring on my summer break and I never end up reading the books I brought, but instead discover new amazing books, instantly buy them and never read the ones on my TBR. So maybe, just maybe, this post will hype up the books I want to read so that I can, for once, stick to my plans. Plus, I’m just about to head to the bookstore to buy one or two books I’m planning to read during the first vacay, so there will be no weaseling out for them!
Books to read by the pool and beach!
Save Me by Mona Kasten: I actually think this is a German original, and I have not read a German book in what feels like years. It’s a cute contemporary about a girl dreaming to go to Oxpford University and then is thrown into the world of glamour, luxury and power – it’s sounds perfect to read by the pool. I usually never read super intense books when I go to places where I chill by the beach or pool simply because I always get tired of lying in the sun and cooling down in the water – so I always go for a light contemporary book.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: I never actually read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, but I watched the Netflix movie and it was beyond cute. So, I thought why not read the book that made her famous originally?! The synopsis sounds perfect for summer break: beach, summer, contemporary.
Educational/non fictional books!
I usually take the summer break to educate myself a little further as it’s the only time of year where I have absolutely no responsibilities, no school work and nothing to learn. Usually. This summer, as I graduate next year, will however have to be a productive one (two presentations and preparing for my maths exam). Nevertheless, summer break will not only be full of work, so here are the books I choose to educate myself!
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari: I am currently in the middle of Sapiens (I never actually finished reading it last year and now it’s the perfect opportunity!) and this book has proven itself useful in so many courses already, that I will surely read Harari’s second one. Not historical this time, it will focus on everything that will or will not happen to mankind and our earth in the future and I am excited to dive in and see if any of his predictions are happening already!
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari: I have not yet made up my mind whether to focus on Homo Deus or this book because both of them sound super intriguing. I could use some new life lessons, so maybe this will be a little guide to university – I don’t know, maybe it will have some new perspective on things. We will see.
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt: as one of my mayor courses in school, I have politics and economics and funny enough, my teacher actually used an excerpt of this book in order to properly analyze a text. In order to have some extra knowledge we could use in class, we should all read this book, she said – and as a matter of fact, I had bought it last summer and never had the chance to read it. So maybe, maybe, if I have enough time and the additional energy after two non fictional books, I will read this one!
That’s it – I will not make this list any longer and by that, more unrealistic to stick to and so this is where I call it the end. Tell me: do you have any recommendations for books to read by the pool/beach, and if so, please comment because I could use a few more relaxing books! Happy reading!