5 After 5, Summer Reading List 2017

We're a little wild about books over here, so the most difficult part of creating this summer reading list was keeping it to just five(ish)!

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was five items from your summer bucket list and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.

Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.

And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!

Summer Reading List

Even if it didn't shown up on this summer's bucket list, having the chance to read a bunch is probably our favorite part of summer.

I've already checked books 1, 3 & 4 off of this list for the year, so I'm ready to knock off numbers 2 & 5 before the summer ends.

But since I read practically a book a  day while we're camping (My eyes are usually open at first light and then I just stay in the tent reading until my Gs wake up), you can bet my list is quite a bit longer than I could list here.

Here are some of the first titles I plan to reach for:

1. The History of the...books by Susan Wise Brown

I'm actually about 74% through the first one, but since this book is close to 1,000 pages long, I've only been getting through a percent or two each day. So far, I'm really enjoying all that I'm learning and I can't wait to finish not only the Ancient, but Medieval and Renaissance volumes, along with The Story of Western Science, as well.

I also recently read The Well-Educated Mind by the same author, which has me fired up to read some of the most important texts from history. I'm not sure which of those I'll tackle this summer, though, because G has said he'll do it with me, so we'll have to plan out our list together in a few days in order to get started.

We've done that with different books in the past -- I think my favorites were when we read this novel and this one at the same time, because we really had some fun conversations and shared jokes as a result.

2. Geography books

I've had two specific books checked out from the library ever since last summer, but every time I'd go to read one of them, another library book would take precedence because it was requested and I'd have to go back on the hold list.

Not so with How to Lie with Maps and Why Geography Matters, however. I'm not sure I'd be able to keep them out quite as long as G does with some of his obscure math books, but that doesn't matter since I plan to zip through these in the next week or two, anyway.

3. Cape Breton Road

G spied this on the library shelf last year when looking for a book for himself. He brought it home for me, knowing that I'd be interested, since I've told him so much of how much I loved my own travels in Cape Breton.

I'm sure I'll enjoy it, for nothing else than the location references, but I'm a bit worried it will have me longing to go back there soon...

4. Michael Booth books

I recently read Super Sushi Ramen Express and enjoyed it, so naturally I've hunted down a few of his other books like The Almost Nearly Perfect People and Eating Dangerously to add to my list.

When I finish those, I'm sure I'll gather up a bunch of random memoirs, as well. My summers are always packed with plenty of those, usually themed around food, travel, or faith.

5. Books I never made it to last summer

I've saved the impressions from several books I put on my Nook last summer, but never read. (I'd foolishly added titles until I ran out of memory, so it's no wonder I didn't get to them all!)

The topics covered are all over the place, but here are just a few:

The Hundred-Foot Journey
Weapons of Mass Instruction (I think this is the only John Taylor Gatto book I've never read)
Some Assembly Required
Into the Wild
Going Gray
The Year of Living Biblically
How Proust Can Change Your Life
Savage Inequalities
The Emotional Life of Your Brain
The Guernsey, Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Hiding Place
Jane Austen Ruined My Life

I figure those should keep me busy over the next two months...

For next week:

Favorite Cookout Food

I'm pretty excited to see what you all share for this list next week, because I'm betting you have some pretty amazing dishes -- I might even be inspired to hold a cookout here at home!

And now, here's this week's link party!  Another fabulous blogger has teamed up with me to create a list of five each week and we hope that you'll join us, too!

That's right, every post will be read, pinned and tweeted!  

Every Saturday, just stop by one of our blogs to add your own list of five, then pop over and read as many other posts as you're able to each week - treat it like a true party and really mix it up and mingle with our fun little community!

The rules are simple:  just write your own list following the prompt each week (feel free to interpret it loosely - or in a unique way!), follow both of the hosts on the social media channel of your choice, and then get into the spirit of the party by grabbing your favorite beverage or snack and reading the lists of the other party-goers.

Your Hosts:

Lisa, at Syncopated MamaFacebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Google+ // Bloglovin'
Samantha, at Motivated DaysTwitter // Pinterest // Google+ 

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