The Dream Team's Summer Reading List

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Our Summer Reading List is here! Be sure to add us as a friend on Goodreads to for our full reviews.

Christen's Summer Reading List

I am hoping to take a little time off this summer and actually get through a few books... not always easy with two kids to entertain, but a girl can dream! What are you hoping to read this summer?

Realm Breaker (Realm Breaker, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

I've already got this on my shelf ready to go (and snagged a signed copy too, which feels extra special), but I am trying to get through my number 2 book (below) before I start it. I'm an Aveyard fan and loved her Red Queen Series (not to mention the ombre covers of her beautiful books... yes, I do judge books by their covers... haha)
The first in her newest series, Realm Breaker, is about a band of unlikely characters coming together to save the world from destruction. "Together, they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army, unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed."
A little fantasy, adventure and Y.A. = I'm in!


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

I actually just started this book after hearing nothing but fantastic reviews about it. Only ten pages in, and it's already blowing my mind. Not that the information is mind-blowing or complex, but it's simple and impactful. I expect that a lot of it won't nessicarily be new information either, but that it will be presented in a way that makes you think logically about efficiently using your time. The book isn't about getting more done in less time, but getting only the right things done and well. "Essentialism is not one more thing- it's a whole new way of doing everything."


Dream First, Details Later: How to Quit Overthinking & Make It Happen! by Ellen Bennett

As a big fan of Hedley & Bennett Aprons, I was so excited to learn about this book written by the dreamer and creator behind the now infamous brand. A book about jumping in and letting go of the anxiety that comes with starting a new business or bringing an idea to life. This book explores Bennetts's foray from line cook to multi-million dollar business owner and the guts it takes to get there. The book is filled with awesome illustrations and acts a playbook of sorts to stop procrastinating and start doing. I can't wait to dive in.

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

A good friend just recommended this book to me as well as Highway of Tears, by Jessica McDiarmid, and I hope to read one, if not both, this summer. In light of some of the horrific information to surface about residential schools across Canada, I am on a mission to educate myself further on the unspoken history of our country.
This book follows "5 alternating points of view from former residential school students as they struggle to survive in 1960s Vancouver." Five Little Indians is inspired by the author's experiences, and in all honesty, I feel nervous to read it because I just can't imagine what these individuals endured. No, this isn't a light summer read, but I truly feel it's the most important on this list.

Rachel's Summer Reading List

I have not been keeping up with any reading over the past couple of months - I honestly don't know how we are already in mid-June. With the summer weather already here - I can't wait to spend time outside curling up with a good book. From my last reading list, I did start reading "Just My Type," - which is interesting, but I have fallen into a boring patch and have not been able to push past it. Here's to some more fictional reading for this season; my full summer reading list includes:

The Push by Ashley Audrain

My cousin Ro recommended this book to me last year, and I've seen it everywhere since. It was written by a first-time author that was born in Toronto [go Canada] and has been on the top-selling booklist since it was published! "The Push" is a psychological thriller [my fave genre] about a mom who thinks there is something wrong with her daughter.
I love a good book that keeps you on the edge of your seat - this will definitely be part of my books to read for this summer!

Transcendent Kingdom by YAA GYASI

This is another book that I saw my cousin has been reading [can you tell she has good taste?] and wanted to add it to my list. "Transcendent Kingdom" follows Gifty, a fifth-year candidate in a neuroscience program determined to discover the scientific basis for why suffering happens, based on her life experience. I would love to read this book because it gives a personal perspective on the themes of immigration, depression, grief and the science behind; topics that are not normally discussed so openly.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

A book that has been on my list since last year, "The Midnight Library," is a book that is hard to get a hold of - my family has been on the waiting list at our local library for half a year! We are close to the end of the waiting list and will soon be able to read this book. This book follows the main character, Nora Seed, who comes across a library that allows her to go through her life and decide what life she would like to have lived if it was up to her - each book in the library shows her a different path. A whimsical novel that allows you to think if you could have done something differently - would you?

Cindy's Summer Reading List

For once, I'm on schedule to reach my yearly reading goal (although my list is not as long as Joe's). I do have a book that I included in my Fall Reading List, but I had swapped it out for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, so it has made its way back onto my summer reading list!

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

This is definitely a heavy read. A deep exploration of the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche, the Bell Jar is about a brilliant young woman named Esther Greenwood who is slowly and relentlessly consumed by her mental illness. This classic has been on my shelf for some time, but with the warm weather and boost of vitamin D,  I think I'm finally ready to take it on. 

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Since reading House of Hallow, I've been on the hunt for my next thriller, and I hope this is it. This book is about Lowen Ashleigh, a writer hired to complete the unfinished work of a grieving and injured woman. She is given the keys to the Crawford home and begins to sort through years of notes to complete the series best-selling author Verity can not. As she makes her way through a mess of pages, she uncovers an unpublished autobiography outlining details of Verity's traumatic life, including the day of her daughter's death. These pages depict a very different and much darker story than what Verity has told her husband of that tragic day, and Lowen's feelings begin to grow for Verity's husband; she wonders how this truth will change their circumstance. 

THE GARDEN OF EDEN BY ERNEST HEMINGWAY 

I had included this classic in my Fall Reading List but felt it would make for a better summer read, so here we are. The Garden Of Eden was worked on for 40 years before finally released in 1986 (twenty-five years after Hemingway's death). It is the story of David, a young writer, his wife Cathrine and the woman they both fall deeply in love with. I believe this novel is incomplete, but it sounds like a steamy read and I'm excited to add to my collection of classics. 

Joe's Summer Reading List

Six months into the year, and I'm well on my way to reaching my goal of 48 books by the end of the year. Thanks to my recent foray into audiobooks (Libby courtesy Toronto Public Library), I've managed to complete 38 books already. Is listening counted yes? As much as I enjoy listening to audiobooks, I think summer afternoons call for a good book and a shady spot under a tree. So, I've decided that I'll only count books that I actually visually read towards my yearly goal. I using my summer reading list to build momentum to finish my challenge strong!

What if? Serious answers to absurd hypothetical questions by Randall Munroe

The moment I read the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. Former NASA roboticist Randall Munroe answers and explains, in detail - with science-backed facts and figures, some of the most absurd questions one could possibly think of. One of my favourites is the comparison of the bandwidth between the Internet and FedEx. I linked the answer for you; spoiler alert FedEx is Faster, kinda!

Desi Delicacies: Food writing from Muslim South Asia

I cannot wait to devour the pages of this book, as one would the scrumptious meals described within its pages. Relatively new to the food writing genre, I'm fascinated by the role food plays in shaping culture and the effects of culture on food. Personally, so deeply infused with my soul is Biryani that I no longer refer to it as food but as an emotion. Many satisfied Sunday afternoons have passed with a great big helping of Mrs. Khans Biryani in the days gone by.

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I remember reading this book years ago, and I remember that I really enjoyed it. However, I cannot remember anything else about it. I am looking forward to rediscovering this classic over the summer. On a side note, I grew up flying kites every summer, the kids from the neighbourhood would pool in our money and buy the kites, but the bulk of our money would go in buying strong thread (Manjha) that we could use when duelling with the kids from the next street. It was a community affair.

Sabine's Summer Reading List

Although I didn't finish the specific books on my Winter Reading List, I have definitely kept up with reading and am on track to reach my 2021 reading goals! I will admit that I have to give a lot of credit to BookTok (the book side of TikTok) for always having my back with amazing recommendations.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

This book only came out in May 2020, and I had already been recommended it by a friend last summer but never got around to reading it! Now that summer is coming up again. I know this will be the perfect book to read poolside or even at the cottage. Not only was it originally recommended by a friend, but this book, along with Emily Henry's newest book, "People We Meet on Vacation" (which I am also excited to read), have somewhat blown up on the book side of TikTok with many many people recommending them. Although I still love a non-fiction/self-help book, I think my heart will be with easy fiction reads like this one this summer. 

The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz

This particular book has been on my list for quite some time now, and the way I got my hands on it was kind of ironic. I have heard about this book since I first started listening to podcasts and diving into understanding the Law of Attraction and similar topics. There were a few times I almost bought the book but decided against it because there were others I wanted to read first. Well, a few weeks ago, as I was helping my Oma move some stuff from her basement (Covid safely), I found myself wondering if she had that particular book, and right after that thought occurred to me, there it was on her bookshelf. It just felt like a weirdly meant-to-be moment because it belonged to my Opa and wasn't something she ever really looked at! Needless to say, I have brought it home with me and hope to read it in small intervals over the summer because I just KNOW it will provide me with a lot of insight and be a re-read on my list.

The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life by Lauren Martin

 Finally, this last book is one I picked up a few months ago but haven't gotten the chance to get into yet. I heard about this book because Lauren Martin, who wrote it, was actually a guest on one of my favourite podcasts (I've probably mentioned it before, but if you're curious, it's Mood with Lauren Elizabeth). This particular episode was one of those where I listened as I was driving and kept having those "aha" moments and resonating so much with the conversation. Any who, I bought the book almost immediately after and am so excited to read it! It essentially discusses our different moods, triggers them, and how to use them to our advantage. As someone who certainly has many moods and always used to see that as a bad thing, I'm excited to dive in as I felt I related a lot to the content she brought to the podcast.
P.S. The episode is "Turning Our Worst Emotions Into Our Best Lives with Lauren Martin" from MOOD with Lauren Elizabeth if you wanted to give it a listen (10/10 recommend)

We're super excited to get started on our lists! Follow us on Instagram and Goodreads to keep track of our progress and reviews! 

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