My 2019 Summer Reading List

My 2019 Summer Reading List | Haili Jean Photography

I am a major book lover, so this summer I made a goal to read twenty books. In middle and high school, I would have surpassed that goal in a matter of weeks, but as an adult and a college student, it’s HARD to read books. The reading itself isn’t really hard, but finding the time to actually sit down and read a book for FUN. That’s the hard part. But this summer, I had the privilege of working from home during the week, so I was able to add reading to my day.

Unfortunately though, due to my summer class and part-time job with my university’s library, creating this website and blog, and running my business, I didn’t manage to make time for twenty books. But! I did read fourteen (although I just finished the fourteenth one a couple of days ago, so I’m not sure if it really counts as summer—but I’m counting it because today is the first day of fall, so it was technically still summer!).

I don’t know if I have any book-lovers following along, but I thought it might be fun to share about the books I read this summer! Here are all fourteen of them in the order in which I read them:


My 2019 Summer Reading List

  1. Dumplin’

    You’ve probably heard of this one since Netflix made it into a movie in 2018. I watched the movie and loved it, so I decided it was a good book to start my summer off with. And I was right! It was really good and I would definitely recommend it to other people—especially if you like small town, YA novels with a good message.

  2. The Program

    I had almost bought this book many times before I finally decided to take it home with me early in the summer. I remember almost picking it up back when it first came out, but I passed on it time and time again for some reason. I did end up liking it, but it was a little depressing, because it’s about depression and suicide taking over and being handled very poorly. The teenagers in this world are victims of this awful program. If you like YA dystopian novels, then you might like this one! I didn’t continue the series, because they change the main character in the next book and I’m not into that.

  3. The 100

    I watched the 100 on Netflix and really liked the first couple of seasons. I’m a loyal person, so I’ve continued to watch the show even though it’s gotten kind of weird. But the book doesn’t follow the show AT ALL. Like some of the same characters exist and they do go to earth and find people living on the ground (spoiler alert), but other than that, the plot and story line are very different. The books are verrrrryyy juvenile, so if you watch the show and expect the books to be just as graphic and real, you’ll be disappointed. But I read the whole series and I still enjoyed it.

  4. The 100: Day 21

  5. The 100: Homecoming

  6. The 100: Rebellion

    The same goes for the first book, but I will say—the ending felt very rushed. I think the author could have written a whole other book, but instead, she rushed the ending and made it feel kind of weird. I was a little disappointed!

  7. Save the Date

    This was a cute read, for sure. As a wedding photographer who was deep in weddings this summer, I liked reading about a wedding from a client’s perspective. Obviously it’s a fiction story, but it was fun reading about all the things that go on outside of my role in a wedding. It was also a really heart-felt story about a big, sweet family, which I loved! I always love stories about big families that love each other, because I always wanted a family with siblings like that. If you like YA novels with cheesy but also relatable storylines, then you might like this one!

  8. Redeeming Love

    I can’t recommend this book enough! It’s one of my absolute favorite books. It makes me FEEL like no other book I’ve ever read and that’s saying something. It’s based on the book of Hosea in the bible and it is just SO GOOD. I don’t even know what more to say, except for READ THIS BOOK. This was actually my second time reading it and I can assure you that it won’t be my last.

  9. Three Dark Crowns

    I really enjoyed the story of this series. It was a fantasy world hidden in the real world, kind of like Harry Potter. I’m not saying the story is like Harry Potter, but it is literally an island with magic that is masked from the real world by a magical mist. It’s a story about three queens who must kill each other to decide who ends up on the throne. You get to see all this happening from their three perspectives. It’s dark at times, but I really liked it! I would recommend to anyone who likes YA dystopian or fantasy novels. I think this could be a really cool TV series or movies, with a Lord of the Rings or YA Game of Thrones vibe.

  10. One Dark Throne

  11. Two Dark Reigns

  12. Alex and Eliza

    I purchased this book awhile ago but had trouble getting into it at the time, but I think that’s because I have a difficult time getting into new books when I’m super busy. So when I actually had time to invest into a new book, I liked it. I’m a big happy endings girl, so I liked this one. It’s about Alexander Hamilton and his love story in the 1700’s. If you’re into historical romances with happy endings, you might like this book!

  13. Love & Gelato

    I was surprised at how much I liked this book. It’s about a girl who moves to Italy to be with her father after her mom dies. I thought it was going to be some lame teenage drama, but it was actually really good. It’s a fun read about Italy, relationships (both family and romantic), and it’s another happy ending, which I like. I would recommend this to an YA loving reader!

  14. Five Dark Fates

    The reason I read the final book of the Three Dark Crowns after a break is because it actually just came out at the beginning of September. I pre-ordered it and was excited to jump back into the story of magical queens on a magical island. It didn’t end the way I would have ended it, but that’s okay. You can let me know if you agree with me about the ending when you read it!


Currently Reading:

  1. Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley

  2. Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

When I say “currently reading,” I mean, these two books are on my night stands and sometimes I read them. Although I love self-help books and these two have some GREAT stuff inside, I’m not very good at reading these types of books. There’s just so much in them that it’s a little overwhelming and feels less fun to read and more like learning. When I’m reading a book that isn’t for school, I prefer it to be a fun read rather than a learning read. But I would like to finish these eventually, because I have already been moved by both of them.



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Now that I’ve told you what I read this summer and what is currently on my night stand, what should I have on my TBR list? The only book that is currently on this list is You Are the Girl For the Job by Jess Connolly. I can’t wait for it to be released so I can read it!

Let me know what other books you recommend in the comments! I’ll let you know if I’ve read it, will read it, or if it’s probably not for me.


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My 2019 Summer Reading List | Haili Jean Photography
My 2019 Summer Reading List | Haili Jean Photography
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