My Top Five: 5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

I wanted to write this post so that the readers of MadisonJaye get to know more about the things I enjoying doing. Aside from writing, I also love to read. I love to cuddle up with a good book and escape to a completely different, fictional world. I live in Chicago and summertime Chi has officially begun, which means bbq’s by the lake, day parties on the hottest rooftops in the city and outdoor festivals. But, sometimes I need a break from all of the excitement. And for me, there’s nothing better than sitting by Lake Michigan with my over-sized sunglasses on, reading a new book from my summer reading list. 


I have a lot of books on my summer reading list, but I would like to share 5 books that I think you should add to yours!

  1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins––This twisted thriller is about a woman named Rachel and the people she encounters, or sees, everyday while riding the train. Everyday Rachel takes the same train into the city. She passes by a suburban town, in which she once inhabited. She sees the same couple every morning and makes up a story about their life. One day on her way into the city, Rachel sees something that she never expected. With the information she has, she has to decide if she should keep it to herself or tell someone, because it might help the people involved. This is supposed to be the new “IT BOOK.” Many have compared it to “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flyyn. I guess we’ll see…I am really looking forward to this book. I haven't read “Gone Girl,” but from what I heard it’s really good. 
  2. “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie––“Americana” is a complicated story about love and race. The novel is focused on the relationship of a young man and woman from Nigeria who are faced with challenges in the countries they want to call home. The main character, Ifemelu, struggles with an issue she has never had to face before, race, and what it means to be Black in America. As a young Nigerian college student, this is hard for her to grasp. She documents her experiences in a blog. Race in America is already an uncomfortable subject, but especially uncomfortable for someone who doesn't know about the tension that exist. After fifteen years in the United States, Ifemelu makes the decision to return to Nigeria, opening herself up to an experience unlike any she'd anticipated: the challenge of rebuilding her identity in a country that has moved on without her. This book is critically acclaimed; its been on my “to-read” list since it was first published. The book is one of the more serious reads on my list, but I think it’s worth it. 
  3. “The Girls” by Emma Cline––“The Girls” is a twisted tale highlighting girls—their vulnerability, strength, and passion to belong. This mesmerizing story is about a young girl named Evie who will do whatever it takes to fit in and be accepted. She sees “the girls” one day and becomes attracted to their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. She spends her days at home with her mother and nights at the ranch of the girls she admires so much. As she leans closer and closer to danger, her obsession with them starts to intensify. Things may go horribly wrong, but I guess that is something we will have to find out on our own. This book has received a lot of rave reviews; One critic says it it “gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight.” I can’t wait to see what this book is all about. 
  4. “Modern Lovers” by Emma Straub––Here, we’ll explore the lives of old college friends and band-mates, Elizabeth, Andrew and Zoe. The three have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. Now in their fifties, they start to deal with the secrets from their past as their children start to mature and create bonds of their own. The cloth that holds these secrets together starts to unfold, and the truth finally revealed––about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and went on without them. This novel shows how we, as humans, let the past affect our present and interfere with our future. 
  5. “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch––, imagine that the life you've built and everything you've ever known is here one minute and gone the next. I know it sounds crazy, but that’s what happened to Jason. Jason is an ordinary guy, married with one child, a physics professor at a college. One day Jason is abducted and knocked unconscious. When he awakes his wife is not his wife, and he never had a son. How could this be possible? How could Jason possibly love someone that he hasn't built his life with? And most importantly, how can Jason find his way back to his family? This books takes us on that journey. This book isn't available yet, but can be pre-ordered on Amazon. Honestly, I am not familiar with the work of Blake Crouch, but the story seems very interesting, so I am willing to give it a try. 

Now, you have a few books to add to your summer reading list. Want to know what I think about them? What books do you have on your list? Connect with me on social media––I want to hear from you! Share your thoughts with me on twitter and Instagram, @xoxormonroe. 


By: Rachel M. Roberts