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Excuse my messy bookshelves, but I just have to share my summer reading list with you. At any given time, my Barnes and Noble shopping cart is full of dozens of titles I desperately want to read—but that gets pretty pricy. And, there are a few books on these shelves that I have yet to open.

I just sold a ton of my books from the countless English classes I took in college at Half Price Books—you don't get a lot for these sales, but that's just so they can keep prices on what they sell as low as they do. I go absolutely crazy every time I enter that store, and buy at least 7 new reads each and every time. Hence the full bookshelves and entirely random list of books below.

Here are a few—okay, a bunch—of my favorite books right now. I'll separate into what I've read and what's on the docket for this summer.

books i've read (or re-read) the past few months

White Teeth // Zadie Smith
An Object of Beauty // Steve Martin
Little Bee // Chris Cleave
The Casual Vacancy // J.K. Rowling
It's Kind of a Funny Story // Ned Vizzini
Sarah's Key // Tatiana de Rosnay
Then We Came to the End // Joshua Ferris
The Bell Jar // Sylvia Plath
The Catcher in the Rye // J.D. Salinger
To Kill a Mockingbird // Harper Lee
Jane Eyre // Charlotte Bronte
Water for Elephants // Sara Gruen
Bossypants // Tina Fey
Not That Kind of Girl // Lena Dunham
Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? // Mindy Kaling
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series // Stieg Larsson
White Oleander // Janet Fitch
Cupcakes and Cashmere // Emily Schuman
Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home // Emily Schuman
Refinery29 Style Stalking // Christene Berberich and Piera Gelardi

books to read this summer

Leave Your Mark // Aliza Licht
Women in Clothes // Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton, and Sheila Heti
Cat's Cradle // Kurt Vonnegut
The Flamethrowers // Rachel Kushner
On Beauty // Zadie Smith
Home // Toni Morrison
Bright Lights, Big City // Jay McInerney
Questions of Travel // Michelle de Kretser
Palo Alto // James Franco
If On a Winters Night a Traveler // Italo Calvino
Bad Feminist // Roxane Gay
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie // Ayana Mathis
The Unbearable Lightness of Being // Milan Kundera
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting // Milan Kundera
East of Eden // John Steinbeck
The Road to Wigan Pier // George Orwell
Why Not Me? // Mindy Kaling


What are you reading this summer? Help me continue the list!