A Dose of Dijana: Summer 2018 Reading List

Ready? Set. Summer!

I’d love to say that as I’m writing this, I’m curling my toes in the sand while holding an extra-large mojito. The sun feels rejuvenating and the air smells like salt. I eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and never get fat.

I’d love to paint you THAT kind of picture. And yet here we are.

Let’s just that say my body does not tolerate heat well right now. I feel sluggish and dizzy and exhausted without even doing much. I stay indoors most of the time, waiting for the AC to breathe life into me.

I mean, come on, there’s only so much one adrenal gland can do! So I’m taking the time to read and write and binge watch favorite TV shows. (I recommend Nailed it! on Netflix)

But you go on and grab a few of these books to enjoy on the beach. Or by the pool. Or in your backyard, while sipping rosé.

If the temperatures drop back to normal, I might even join you! Without further ado, here’s what my hoping to read in the next few weeks!

The Bookseller of Kabul – Åsne Seierstad

I got the Bookseller of Kabul last summer and completely forgot about it until one day, it fell off my bookshelf. I took that as a subtle reminder and finished it in a few days.

If you’re into non-fiction and women rights, I’d say get this one. It’s not exactly the light summer read but it’s definitely eye-opening. Don’t except wonders about the storyline and the plot but again – it is non-fiction, and it still got me hooked.

I recommended the book to my reading buddy – hey Monika! – and she loved it as well!

Goodreads score: 3.8


Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind – Yuval Noah Harari

Another non-fiction on the list but I have to admit – it’s been a while since I’ve been this excited about a book! *still waiting for my order to arrive. sigh.*

Online reviews compare Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind to Stephen Hawking’s Brief History of Time. Some say this is one of the greatest books of our time – and I’ll definitely let you know if I agree with the statement or not.

There’s also a sequel to it, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow but I’ll only order it if I love this one first.

Goodreads score: 4.5 (out of almost 140,000 ratings, which is impressive!)


The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

YES, I know it’s mind-blowing. And no, I still haven’t read it!

You probably are aware of the plot already. The Handmaid’s Tale is a fiction novel set in the near-future, in an oppressive society where men rule and women are only used as baby-making machines.

At least three different people recommended me the TV show. In an effort to read the book first, I’ve been holding off from watching.

I’ve only taken a glimpse inside the book and apparently, there are no quotation marks. Just sayin’. Not sure whether I’ll like the idea of this or not.

Goodreads score: 4.08


The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

If you loved Schindler’s Ark (or better known by its screen name, Schindler’s List) as much as I have, then expect to love The Tattooist of Auschwitz the same.

As you can judge by the name, this one’s a historical novel but with a love story in it – and then the leading characters survive Auschwitz and live to tell their story.

While you may not feel like reading about World War II and concentration camps while chilling by the pool, I beg to differ. You can do some light reads on your morning commute.

Read stories like this when your mind is clear to appreciate the life we have today more.

Goodreads score: 4.4


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Yes, the title screams that this is the light summer chick-lit drama you’ve been scrolling for. That’s what made me include it on my reading list.

But, intrigued by the title and the fact that there’s a movie version of the book coming soon, I did some research and boy oh boy was I wrong.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine appears to be a heart-warming story about a girl who doesn’t quite fit in. She thinks she’s fine – but is she really? Judging by how oblivious she is both to social norms and to life, it looks like Eleanor may or may not be aware of what life is really supposed to be like.

I didn’t keep on googling because I didn’t want to ruin the book for myself. You can think of it as the female version of Forrest Gump – and who doesn’ love Forrest Gump?

Goodreads score: 4.3


After I Do – Taylor Jenkins Reid

I told you I’m a sucker for book covers. I knew I’d order it the minute I saw the title. And could this cover get any better?

Personally, I can’t really relate to the story of the book much – it’s about married life – but it’s not like I can relate to the Auschwitz novel up there, right? The main characters decide to take a year off their marriage in order to save it.

Will that work? I’ll let you find out yourself.

Considering the rest of the books I’ve suggested here, After I Do is probably that light read you’re looking to grab for a day by the pool – though that doesn’t mean you can’t learn anything from it!

Goodreads score: 4.07

What are you reading this summer? Have you read any of the books on my list?

Next time, I’ll talk about borrowing books to friends! If there’s anything YOU would like to hear my opinion, drop us a comment – we’d love to hear back from you! 

Photo by Katya Austin on Unsplash



  1. I haven’t read Sapiens, but I *have* read Homo Deus and thoroughly enjoyed it. He has a style of writing that is super engaging.
    I love love love The Handmaid’s Tale. In fact, I love all of Atwood’s books. The reason for the no quotation marks and the funnt grammar does become clear at the end!
    I was not all that taken with Eleanor Oliphant. She is such an endearing character. In fact, the characterisation throughout is a delight. But for me, the story was a little boring and predictable.

    1. Ohhhhh, now you’ve got me intrigued with the Sapiens and Homo Deus books, can’t wait to read the first one and share impressions 😁

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