Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Reading List, 2014

Who's ready for summer reading? I have a reader's dream in my library book basket right now: a stack of really good books, and a kindle paperwhite loaded with 4 or 5 more new books, waiting to be read.

The only catch is that babies don't often grant you leave to read. While I had hours to read at the pool last year while the girls played tea party in the shallow end or risked their lives on the high dive, this year will be spent keeping the little guy from overheating and catering to his every whim and demand. However, babycakes goes to bed at a reasonable hour these days, and since there is no good TV during the summer months, I might just get through this list. At any rate, I thought I'd share some of the books on my Summer Reading List for 2014...maybe you'll find a few good reads to try!

Save the Date- Mary Kay Andrews

Andrews is the queen of the beach read. Easy-to-love characters, funny, great design thrown in...she's my fave! This one is saved on my paperwhite.

The Nesting Place- Myquillyn Smith ("The Nester" from The Nesting Place blog)

A long-time reader, I was so over the moon excited about this book that I managed to purchase a copy at my local bookstore the day before it released. I've been saving it for an afternoon where I can sit with a Coke and a highlighter and just breathe this book in, because I think her message of "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" resonates with my soul. It has a prominent spot on my coffee table...I truly can't wait to be able to read this one.

The Fault in Our Stars- John Green

We're doing this one for book club this month, so I better get started. I'm pretty nervous about reading ugly cry leaves something to be desired. I hope it's better than A Walk to Remember

How to Control Your Emotions So They Don't Control You- Brooke McGlothlin

I may or may not fly off the handle from time to time. Excitable personality? Yep, that's me. Looking forward to be inspired by this one. 

The Baker's Daughter- Sarah McCoy

A novel set mostly in the World War 2 era. I like historical fiction.

Wedding Night- Sophie Kinsella

I'm late to the game on this one. I used to love Kinsella's books, but the last few fell flat with me. Going to try this one out.

Written in My Own Heart's Blood- Diana Gabaldon

I read the other books in the Outlander series a few years back and enjoyed them, for the most part. The plot line is really interesting, but I felt like Gabaldon went off on long, long, looong (novel length) tangents that didn't really add much to the story. It felt like a lot to keep up with, and I have a degree in English, Speech, and Linguistics. I'm honestly not even sure about the plot at this point, it's been so long...but I'm gonna read this one, maybe after checking the other books' plots on Wikipedia.

Family Pictures- Jane Green

I read Green's Jemima J. some time ago and really liked it. Hopefully this one is just as good!

The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane- Kelly Harms

Spotted this one at our local library and thought the cover looked fun. Didn't have a chance to read it before it was due and couldn't renew because someone else requested it. Drat! Guess I'm on the request list!

The Accidental Book Club- Jennifer Scott

Saw it in Costco and haven't checked it out from the library yet. Honesty...I liked the cover. And I like my Book Club. Put the two together, and it could be a recipe for a good read. {wink}

Death Comes to Pemberley- P.D. James

Fellow literary nuts might enjoy this one. A murder mystery that draws Jane Austin's famous characters into the story!

A Hundred Summers- Beatriz Williams

Another historical fiction piece. Set during the 1938 hurricane in Rhode Island.

So, what about you? Do you have any good reads on your summer book list? I'd love some more title recommendations...please feel free to share in the comments section!

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  1. I have been looking for a new book after just finishing The Fault in Our Stars, so I just downloaded A Hundred Summers. Seems to have gotten pretty good reviews on Goodreads.

    PS The Fault was a great book. I read it in one day because I had to know how it ended. Ive heard the movie was just as good.

  2. I never would have considered myself a Stephen King fan (based solely on the movies) but I just read his book: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the book, I actually found myself really liking him. So I picked up Joyland at the book store the other day and am reading my first Stephen King novel. So far, so good. I may have misjudged Mr. King based on the movie Pet Cemetary :O

  3. This is a list I recently wrote on 5 Books You Should Read in your 20's.

  4. Thanks for the recommendations! Off to Amazon to read more about them!

  5. I love book lists and have come across so many new ones from your list! A while ago I wanted to read Death Comes to Pemberley and had forgot about it. I will say I read Family Pictures last year and really did not care for it-- though I haven't read many other Jane Green novels so I can't say how it compares to others!

  6. Book lists are my favorite kinds of posts. I always find new friends among the recommendations. I just bought The Nesting Place for my daughter but I don't think I've read any of the others except The Baker's Daughter...oh so good!

  7. Love your list! Loved The Fault in Our Stars, I honestly wasn't too sure about it but after I actually started reading it I couldn't put it down!

  8. Looks like some great late summer reads. Our vacation is the last two weeks of August and I think I will have to check out a couple of these. I always love a book by Mary Kay Andrews in particular, but some of these other have peaked my interest too. Thanks for sharing, have a great summer!


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