My 2020 Summer Reading List // Books I WAS Going to Read this Summer

Ah, the joys of summer – warm sunshine, shorts, ice cream, swimming, bonfires, fireflies, and best of all, no assigned reading. During these glorious months of freedom, you can read whatever you want. I have discovered many of my favorite books during the summer, and was ecstatic to begin my pleasure reading again this year. However, there is one teensy weensy detail that has prevented me from getting my hands on new books:


Unfortunately, I failed to realize this until after I had made my summer reading list. Unless the library reopens soon, I probably won’t be reading a few of these books in the near future (because you best believe I’m not paying for every book on my list – I have a guinea pig to feed). Despite this dreadful calamity, I thought I’d share a few books on my summer reading list just for kicks and giggles. So without further ado, here are the books I was going to read this summer.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale: A Novel by [Kristin Hannah]

This is book is a favorite of my mom, my aunt, and my cousin, so of course I have to read it. They’ve been talking about this book for years, so I decided it was finally time for me to check it out. Fortunately, we own a copy and I’m reading it right now. It tells the story of two sisters with completely different personalities and experiences working behind the scenes of World War II. It’s been interesting so far, and I’m excited to continue reading it!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) by [Suzanne Collins]

It’s no secret that I love The Hunger Games series and the messages in it. In fact, I’m rewatching all the movies right now with my grandpa, who has never seen them. You can probably imagine how hard it was to contain my excitement when I found out that a new book was being released, especially since I was on a class Zoom call. O_o It was all I could do to keep from jumping up and down with excitement when my Mom told me, and thank goodness I happened to be on mute. XD I’ve pre-ordered the book, and unless shipping is delayed because of our current circumstances, I will be returning to Panem shortly. (You can definitely expect a review on this one coming soon!)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Hear me out on this one, ok?

I’ve heard mixed reviews on this series – some people love it, some people hate it. My friend Victoria recently recommended these books to me, so I decided to read the first installment and establish my own opinion about it (if I can ever get hold of a copy). Only time will tell if I go on to read the rest of the series or not, we’ll see what happens. :)

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by [Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul]

I have heard soooo much about this musical and the novel based on it, and I’ve been meaning to read it for ages. I was finally going to check it out, but since the library is closed, I might try and find a taping of the musical to watch instead. If anyone knows where I can watch the musical online, pllleaasseee let me know! :)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Everyone I know who has read this book raves about how good it is. They say it’s one of their favorite books, and they couldn’t put it down. I tried reading this book last summer, and just couldn’t get into it at the time. Frankly, I did not find it engaging and it didn’t capture my attention the way everyone said it would. However, I’m going to give it a second chance and try reading it again to see if I can get through it.

What is on your summer reading list? Are you bummed that libraries are closed? Are you STOKED for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes? Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you! :)

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

15 thoughts on “My 2020 Summer Reading List // Books I WAS Going to Read this Summer”

  1. Ughhh libraries being closed has thrown me for such a loop! I no longer have books and movies and TV shows available to me until further notice. *sigh* I’m glad you found a way to put a positive spin on it and still chat about what you’ll be reading soon, or eventually! <3
    Hey Meredith! Long time, no chat! :D I wanted to let you know that I've created a new blog! And I'm really excited about it <3


    1. AHHH MAGGIE!!! I’ve missed you so much, my friend! You have no idea how happy I was to see your comment come through! XD I just checked out your new blog and I LOVE it! ❤❤
      Aw thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed reading it! :) Now I’m off to read your new blog, see you over there! XD

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      1. Aww Meredith! Thank you so much! *hugs* That means a lot! <3 I'm sooo excited about continuing to write posts there :D
        You're welcome! And great! See you there :D

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  2. Very good choices, Meredith. And yes, Divergent has a lot of mixed reviews. But, in my opinion, its a lot like the Hunger Games, not better, but just a little behind. Totally recommend the whole series.


    1. Thank you! A lot of people I know agree with you about Divergent. I just finished it and agree that The Hunger Games is definitely better.
      Thanks for reading! :)


  3. This is a great list of books!

    I can help with getting a copy of Divergent! If you have Amazon Prime you can borrow the eBook for free. Also, try your online library. A lot of times they’ll offer eBooks to check out. And if you don’t like eBooks, you can try BookOutlet or used bookstores(if they’re open where you live)

    Anyway, you’ll have to let me know how that Hunger Games book is! I’m undecided on whether to read it or not. I also need to read Divergent.


    1. Thanks!
      Oh. My. Goodness. Diamond, you’re a lifesaver!! XD I hadn’t even thought of looking for books online because I just assumed I would need to pay for them, but I was able to find a free copy of Divergent thanks to your help!! :)
      Yes, a review for the new book will be coming soon. ;) As for Divergent, it’s ok so far. Definitely not the best but it’s not awful either.
      Thanks again for your help! :)

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  4. I lovee the hunger games and the book thief. And ofcourse divergent! And shucks with the libraries😭😭 Amd with most online stores which refuse to deliver books where I live🙄🙄🙄🙄

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    1. Yes, The Hunger Games are amazziiinnnggg! I have yet to form an opinion on The Book Thief and Divergent, so we’ll see XD.
      Aw that’s a bummer! I hope you can get a hold of some great books this summer! :)

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