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The (Adult) Books We’re Reading this Summer

A little boy and girl unwrapping their box of Bookroo books for reading.

Hi Bookroo Crew!

We write a lot on the blog about children’s books, parenting, and grandparents. And it makes sense why. But we’ve mentioned before that one of the reasons we started Bookroo in the first place is because we personally love reading.

Here at Bookroo we’re obsessed with learning. Between the six of us, we’ve studied physics, business, computer science, marketing, human development, law, management science and engineering, hair, finance, and–of course–entrepreneurship. We’ve studied at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels–oh, and of course preschool and kindergarten–but we’re never done studying. We believe in the power and impact of the written word in the life of a child. But we also believe reading is powerful in our own adult lives.

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I just finished my first year of law school, and one of the excuses I heard time and again from my classmates is that they were too busy reading textbooks to read for fun. We certainly had a lot to read already. I think I lugged at least 10 honking-big textbooks around campus between both semesters. And those professors made me read almost every page of those gigantic books. But unlike some of my classmates, the more textbooks I was required to read, the more important it was for me to make time for pleasure reading. Reading for fun allowed me to step away from the stress for a few minutes. Then, after a healthy break, I could return to reading a snoozer of a legal opinion with renewed vigor.

We may not all be in law school, but there’s no doubt we all feel pressed for time with our own activities and responsibilities. For many of us, pleasure reading gets shoved to the side by house cleaning, grocery shopping, and diaper changing. But one of the most important ways that we can teach our children to love reading is by letting them catch us reading for our own enjoyment.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the books we’ve read this summer. Just in case you are looking for some ideas.

  1. Harry Potter 3, 4, 6, 7, and (as of yesterday!) 8.
  2. The Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons
  3. Driven: An Autobiography
  4. The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
  5. The Little Prince
  6. What the Scriptures Teach About Raising a Child
  7. Sense and Sensibility
  8. Book of a Thousand Days
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  10. Essentialism
  11. Tuesdays with Morrie
  12. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore
  13. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  14. Fifth Wave
  15. Animal Farm
  16. The Tales of Beedle the Bard
  17. Winnie the Pooh
  18. Three Weeks with My Brother
  19. No Easy Day
  20. The Martian
  21. The Lord of the Rings parts I and II
  22. Pilgrimmage to Warren Buffet’s Omaha

Just to clarify, these are books we read. We all love listening to audiobooks, but that list was getting a little too long! We did have a couple favorite summer audiobooks though: Killing Lincoln, and The Help.

We might be family, but our list of books exemplifies the diverse interests we have here at Bookroo. We’re into finance, epic fantasy, historical nonfiction, self improvement, biographies, and much more. We love a healthy dose of Harry Potter, Jane Austen, and Tolkien, but we also love looking into new authors and titles.

So, how about you? Did you read any new favorites this summer? We’d love to see your list and swap favorites.


Are you new to Bookroo? Our mission is to help children fall in love with reading. Take a look at our past boxes and order some books for the special little ones in your life. We’d love to send some of our favorite books their way!

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