Summer Reading List 2013

Morning Readers!

Warm weather is finally here, school is almost out, and for me, that signals the return of my Summer Book List.  Just to set the stage, I’m an obsessive reader. Book. Nerd. As in, I get panicky if I arrive at a vacation destination having neglected to bring a book. I will literally make my husband drive to a local bookstore before we check  into the hotel. (As I type this, I’m beginning to realize that his reasons for buying me a Nook weren’t entirely altruistic . Well played, husband. Well played.)

Before every summer, I spend a month or so researching what’s new-ish in the publishing world, and compiling my list so I am never at a loss for a book when warm weather hits. There’s just something about kicking back in a lounge chair with a book and a glass of iced tea while my kids play in the sprinkler that epitomizes summer. Also, our summer always includes a trip to a cabin on a lake, where there is no TV or internet. (I think last year I read eight books when I was up there.) This year I decided to share what’s on my list, because the next best thing to reading all of these great books is to recommend them to others.

My tastes lean heavily toward memoir, with some humor  and fiction thrown in as well.  So if you’re  like me, always on the hunt for an interesting read, maybe you’ll find something on this list that grabs you. So, without further ado, here’s what I’ll be reading this summer:


The Interestings The Interestings/Meg Wolitzer





WonderWonder/R. J. Palcio




The Burgess Boys The Burgess Boys: A Novel/Elizabeth Strout





The Astor Orphan The Astor Orphan: A Memoir/Alexandra Aldrich





Chanel Bonfire Chanel Bonfire: A Memoir/Wendy Lawless





Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls/David Sedaris





A Spoonful of Sugar A Spoonful of Sugar: A Memoir/Brenda Ashford





Ladies Night Ladies Night/Mary Kay Andrews





The Tao of Martha The Tao of Martha/Jen Lancaster





A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher/Sue Halpern





calling Me Home Calling Me Home/Julie Kibler





 At Least My Belly Hides My CanklesaAt Least My Belly Hides My Cankles/Paige Kellerman









Thinking of YouThinking of You/Jill Mansell






Time Flies Time Flies/Claire Cook





The Why of Things The Why of Things/Elizabeth Winthrop






The Engagements The Engagements: A Novel/J. Courtney Sullivan





The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girlss The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls/Anton DiSclafani





Silver Star The Silver Star: A Novel/Jeannette Walls





Dad is Fat Dad is Fat/Jim Gaffigan






The Smart One The Smart One/Jennifer Close







Wishing you a comfy spot in the shade and ice cubes that never melt. Happy reading everyone!


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