The Dream Teams Summer Reading List!

Christen Irwin Maybe You Should Talk To Someone.


It was so hard to add just three books to include in our reading list this month, but in all honesty, my reading eyes
have been much larger than my time availability as of late.
I love to read, and my goal is to carve out a little more time to do so... somehow moving forward. I've also made a number of purchases from our 
Listen, Learn and Amplify Blog Post that I really want to start reading as well. 

I just started I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown, and its been incredibly eye-opening and insightful. Recently I've finished Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, and I'm sad it's over (highly recommend), it was one of those books that you just want to keep going, I've even had a few dreams about where the characters might be now!

Here are a few books I have on my list for this Summer! If you have any recommendations, be sure to leave them in the comments below.

Christens Picks


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

This book has been highly recommended by anyone I have spoken to this summer, and its been popular enough to gain the attention of Reece Witherspoon. There is now a new TV series based on the book that I am desperately trying to avoid before I read the story first!

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

I listed to a fantastic interview and podcast featuring Angle Thomas last year, and this book has been on my list ever since. She is an unbelievable speaker and author, and I have heard nothing but exceptional things about this book, I can't wait to dive in.  

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

I asked for this book of poetry last Christmas, and my mom was sweet enough to get it for me. I'm now embarrassed to say that I still haven't made the time to enjoy it. This was the second book of poetry following Rupi's hugely successful first book called Milk and Honey. This book is based around all the things that I would love to do more of moving forward: "A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honouring one's roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself." ( Doesn't that sound so lovely?


Rachels Picks

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

I am reading Born a Crime with my book club, I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but my mom has already started it and has said it is humorous and an easy read.  I am looking forward to reading this book later this week.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

I am quite behind on my books with the book club I am a part of, but this is another book our group has started to read.  I don't know a lot about Conversations with Friends, but I've heard that it keeps you on the edge of your seat and is a juicy story.  Sometimes, not knowing anything about a book makes it that more intriguing to read.

Look for Me by Lisa Gardner

I first read Lisa Gardner's book, Find Her, when I randomly picked it up at the library.  Find Her was a great read and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.  If you like thrillers and playing detective, you will like Gardner's books.  I even persuaded some of my family and friends to read it.  My friend recently picked this book up for me, which has made me really excited to add this book to my summer reads.


Cindys Picks

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

I have had this book on my Good Reads list for over a year! The only reason I haven't picked it up is because I really wanted to get my hands on the hardcover. The illustration is so incredibly beautiful but such a rare find. This novel was written by Japanese author Haruki Murakami and translated by Jay Rubin. It follows a young man in Tokyo searching for his wife's missing cat and later his wife, crossing paths with strangest characters along the way.

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David-Wallace White

This has made its way on and off my list several times. I am a super anxious person and get fixated on fixing everything all at once and in this case (and most) that would not be attainable. This book is a deep dive into what the future of our earth holds. How climate change will affect food shortages, refugee emergencies and much more. It is a heavy, but much-needed read.

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russel 

Apparently my summer will be filled with heavy reads. I have already started My Dark Vanessa and am loving it so far. This novel is about the intimate relationship of a 42-year-old teacher and his 15-year-old student. Although the topic makes for a very uncomfortable read, it brings to light how easily anyone can make sense of a nonsensical situation, even a decade later. 




We hope we've added to your summer reading list and we would love for you to add to ours! Be sure to leave your recommendations below! 

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