Summer Reading List 2020

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Photo credit: Olivia Krajnak

With Spring on its way out the door here in the Northern Hemisphere later this week, it’s time to put my Summer Reading List out there.

As you can see in the photo above, shot by my daughter, I’m already getting started on my list in the new hammock I hung up a few week ago. The pile of books below me looks small, but that’s because I have many more ready to go on my Kindle. Thought I do prefer paper books, I haven’t ordered any lately, and only just recently stopped by a Little Free Library I like to visit.

That said, I’ve been able to get a stack together. Here’s what I’ll be reading:

Crime Fiction:

Coldwater by Tom Pitts (halfway through now)

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White

Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich



Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang

Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry by my friend and New Jersey writer Jen Conley

South by Java Head by Alistair Mclean

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Short Stories:

Raise High the Roof Beam by JD Salinger



The Little Big Book of Life

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulgrum (I read this 30 years ago. Might be time for a re-read)


Books That Movies Are Based On:

The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes

The Hustler by  Walter Tevis

The Shootist by Glendon Swarthout

The Searchers by Alan LeMay



The Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNally (I read this when it first came out, and flip through it, but now that I know my camera and flash better, I think it’s time for a re-read.

Harry Benson’s America



Smithsonian Magazine


As much as I like to read, this is a challenging list. And I also expect to come across books not yet known that will leapfrog over some of these titles.

But that’s what summer is. A little looser schedule. No rules. Lazy days in the hammock with a cold drink.

A perfect time to take in words.

What’s on your summer reading list? Drop suggestions in the comment below!

I’ll read them in my hammock.

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