My Summer Reading Plan: 6 Books I Plan to Read this Season

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Looking for a new read? I’m sharing my summer reading plan for 2020! Want to read along with me?

I consider myself an avid reader. You can always find at least one fiction and one non-fiction book on my shelf at any given time.

This summer I’ve mapped out the books that I DEFINITELY plan to read. As a wedding photographer, my summer’s can get quite busy — so these 6 top picks seem manageable even as my life getting a little more hectic!

If you want to follow along, pick up one of the books below to read along with me (you can even follow me on Goodreads!) or catch up with what I’m currently reading in my monthly Coffee Conversations posts.

Fiction books on my summer reading plan

Books cover for Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1) by Tomi Adeyemi — I’ve heard such good things about this series, so I’m finally picking up the first book! Book 2 has already been released, so I have some catching up to do here.

Book cover for Empire of Gold

The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy, #3) by S. A. Chakraborty — I fell head over heels for the first 2 books in this series in the Spring of 2020. The Empire of Gold was released in early June 2020, so I’m itching to finish the saga and find out what happens.

Book cover for The Year of the Witching

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson — If you haven’t noticed, I tend to pick up series. The Year of the Witching is an exception. I’m craving a one-off book, and this one seems like the sort of weird, dark, creepy fantasy I enjoy.

Non-Fiction reads for the summer

Book cover for White Fragility

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo — I’m trying to be better. And a big step in that is educating myself about issues I’ve blissfully ignored (privilage, anyone?). White Fragility comes highly recommended as a good first step. So here we go.

Book cover for The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander — Again, part of my summer is dedicated to expanding my knowledge about issues I’m dreadfully unequipped for. This is another read that was recommended, so I’m happy to add it to my summer reading list. This book and White Fragility are not the only books I’ll be reading on the topic of systemic racism, but they’re my top priorities.

Book cover for How to do Nothing

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell — And finally, a business-oriented book! I find I struggle with focus, so I’m hoping this read gives me some tips and tricks to prevent myself from feeling like I’m working ALL the time.

What are you reading this summer? Drop a comment and let me know!

6 Books to read this summer


I'm Chelsea, the author behind Chelsea Joy Eats! I believe life should be full of flavor. I enjoy creating recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. When not experimenting in the kitchen, I usually have a camera, barbell, or mug of coffee in hand. My posts may include affiliate links, which means if you click through a purchase something, I make a small commission at no cost to you. It helps me fuel my coffee habit and pay rent!

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