Summer Reading

Heading out of town or simply have more time to read during these longer days of summer? Here’s my TOP 10:

1. Defending Jacob by William Landay – legal thriller that SHOCKED me

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth – if you loved Hunger Games, jump into this series

3. Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs – one man, 18 months of using his own body to test and try all fitness fads, ridiculously entertaining & informative

4. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty – delicious historical fiction & USA Today‘s #1 Hot Fiction Pick for the summer

5. Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson – creepy, creepy, creepy fantastic, kept me guessing till the end

6. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson – offers a fascinating window into the year when the world began its slow slide into war. Non-fiction that reads like fiction, unbelievable.

7. The Might Have Been by Joseph Schuster – baseball story that resonates with the pull of lifelong dreams, the stings of regret, and the ways we define ourselves against uncertain twists of fate

8. Spy School by Stuart Gibbs – perfectly fun & funny for elementary & middle school boys

9. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne Valente – full of oddments, adventure, whimsy, and joy for ages 10ish and up.

10. Life if a small-town girl – For some laugh out loud uncomfortable, ridiculous reading, check out my teen angst years


My Summer Bookshelf

Sunset from paddleboat

Admittedly AWOL – sorry about that! I got the chance to head to KY for a couple of weeks to hang with friends and family & obviously I didn’t do a lick of work. I grew up on a farm about an hour south of Louisville (Luhvill if you’re from there) so when you have a view like this, it’s hard not to just veg…and read! What did come out of my long absence was some of my favorite books for your summer reading!

Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz & David Hayward – A mystery on its own but the actual relationship that is played out between the authors (exes) throughout the chapters is hysterical.

Don’t Breathe A Word by Jennifer Mcmahon- Did twelve- year-old Lisa really get pulled into a fairy world or was she kidnapped? This haunting tale gave me the creeps & had me guessing well into the last pages.

Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson- With themes of teenage angst, suburban disaffection, and the punk scene in the late 1980s, while also tackling the larger subjects of love, identity, complex family relationships, religion, and sexuality, it’s hard not to love these heavily flawed characters.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I hate to be swayed by hype AND technically this book along with the sequels are found in the young adult section BUT I’m a convert. I flew through this entire dystopian series in less than a week. I can’t wait to see the movie.

Speaking of movies, pick up these other 2 favorites of mine as movies are being cast/made at this very moment: Labor Day by Joyce Maynard & One Day by David Nicholls.