Day Two – Summer is meant for reading!

26 Jun

Every June I always post a photo of my summer book pile. I never read every book in my stack and every year the stack gets bigger. So, I went back through my lists from the last three years and made a master list of the books that I didn’t get to. None of these books made my 2014 list. I’m hoping if you’ve read some of these you might convince me to, or not to, read these:

  1. Ophelia by Lisa Klein
  2. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  3. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  4. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  5. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  7. One Summer by David Baldacci
  8. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  9. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  11. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  12. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larson by Susin Nielsen
  13. Every Last One by Anna Quindlan
  14. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  15. Gifted by Marilyn Kay

This year, I’ve got BIG plans. But before I get to those, why don’t I give you a few recommendations. Let me tell you about my favourite summer read from each of the last three years.

Last summer I read A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. This was a gift from Savanna last year for my birthday. I have the whole box set, but I only read the first book. I have a tendency to do that, only read the first in a series. I also did that with Outlander, The Hunger Games and Divergent. Although I enjoyed these novels, I just never seemed too interested in what happened once the book finished. I love A Game of Thrones and now Glenn and I are watching the first season of the HBO show. I am very much enjoying the TV adaptation of this novel, so much so that I may even tackle the second book. I wonder if each season covers one book.

My favourite 2012 summer read was Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson. It was a psychological thriller with a fantastic twist that you’d never guess. I love a book that can surprise me, but I guess I love the predictable and sappy too!

In 2011 my favourtie summer read was The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. This is one of those epic historical fiction novels that I would recommend to any adult reader 16 and over. I’m not a big history buff, but I love, love, love most historical fiction and this one is one of my top five favourite historicbooksl fiction novels.

Here’s the 2014 list:

  1. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  3. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (on pre-order, not in the photo)
  4. For One More Day by Mitch Albom
  5. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  7. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  8. Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti
  9. The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers
  10. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
  11. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

I’ve started reading The Interestings already and I’m really liking it, and I already know that The Rosie Project will be next because it’s this month’s book club pick. After that it won’t matter what I’m reading, I’ll definitely put it aside for The Book of Life as soon as it arrives. It’s the third in a trilogy, and although I haven’t had much luck with sticking with series lately, there’s no way I’m not reading this one! If you haven’t read the first, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, I highly recommend it!

I do have other goals for this summer, but reading and writing are at the top of my priorities, so expect to hear more about books.


5 Responses to “Day Two – Summer is meant for reading!”

  1. joanieherron June 26, 2014 at 9:52 PM #

    I think you would enjoy The Secret Life of Bees, Sarah’s Key, and Left Neglected, if you liked, for instance, Still Alice. However, you can take Freedom off your list. I forced myself to finish it this winter; I am sure you noticed how long it was on the sign by my door. 😉 It was, in some ways, interesting, but it was also, overall, overwhelmingly depressing, There was no character who was a “good” character; I didn’t like any of them as people, and I would never want to meet any of them. I picked up The Rosie Project today, but since I started Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Diana Gabaldon) last night, I’m not sure I will get to it for a couple of days. And then I have 2 text books to read by the end of next week, too. Marathon reading, I believe, is called for! 😀

  2. Leanne June 26, 2014 at 11:43 PM #

    I’ve read Sarah’s Key and Secret Daughter and give them both a resounding “okay”. I really liked Left Neglected, even more than Still Alice, I think. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one of my all time favourite books. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Amazing! The Interestings and The Rosie Project are both on my “to read” list, too. I always look forward to your summer list. Happy reading!

  3. Gloria Boyce June 27, 2014 at 6:19 AM #

    I have read Sarah’s Key, For one More Day, The Friday Night Knitting Club, Left Neglected and The Secret Daughter. Loved everyone of them, but you know me I read most everything I can get my hands on. Seeing your book lists present and past I am coming to visit.

  4. Diana June 27, 2014 at 7:36 AM #

    I read The Secret Life of Bees and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society a couple of years ago and enjoyed them both. If you like historical fiction novels, you will really enjoy The GLPPS. I had no idea what happened on Guernsey during WWII and found it fascinating. I have read all of the Game of Thrones books (twice) and of course watched the series as well. The books are so detailed and I found I had missed a lot the first time around. And I find myself saying, “not in the book” when John and I are watching the series. I look forward to reading your reviews.


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