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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Summer Reading Goal

I love to read! I have this fear, planted in my head by my sister, that once the baby arrives, I won't have time to cut my toenails, much less read. So... fueled by anxiety and my voracious literary appetite, I am setting a goal. Here is the list of books I WANT to read this summer.

  • Sundays at Tiffany's- my wonderful friend Hollie recommends this one. She said that the tagline is, "What if your one true love is your imaginary friend?" Need I say more? I can't wait to read this one. It will also be my first James Patterson book. 
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. This one is about a woman who, at age eleven, discovers that she can taste emotions in food. My first inclination: a gift and a curse. Plus, with Jeremiah being a chef, I feel an interesting connection. I also love love love the title.
  • Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It. 11 short stories. Oprah had it on her summer reading list. Nuf said.
  • The Outlander Series- I'm on to book 2 "Voyager." Who doesn't love time travel and Scottish Highland Clansmen?  BONUS: The main male character, Jamie Fraser, is super dreamy. Plus my Grandma Bonnie has excellent taste in books. She opened my eyes to the series.
  • The Hunger Games- Yet another Carol Fain recommendation. We all know that she can pick a book! It is by Suzanne Collins (author of the Gregor the Overlander series). From what I remember it seems to be all about a contest in an impoverished society. The winner of the contest gets food for their family for life...I think the losers die. Sheesh!
  • Three Cups of Tea- I'm having a hard time getting started on this one. I usually struggle with non-fiction, but I really want to see it through. 
  • All of my baby books. 
As I finish a book, my plan is to write a little review. Wish me luck! If you have any suggestions, leave a comment. I always love a good book:)



  1. Okay, I'm not sure if you like "Chick-Lit" or not but I LOVED "Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin. It also has a follow up book called "Something Blue". I think with the baby coming you might enjoy these two. :)

    She just put another one out in May. I guess you could call it the off-spring of the first and second. :) It's called "Heart of the Matter". I would like to read that, ASAP. Let me know if you get a chance to read it.

  2. The Hunger Games is amazing! And they're making it into a movie. I just started The Magicians. I'm not very far, but it was highly recommended.

  3. Misty-I like Chick Lit. I have picked up a couple of Emily Giffin books, but haven't ever read anything of hers. I like Jennifer Weiner. She wrote "In Her Shoes" and several other good books. I like that those kinds of books are good for the summer and to give yourself a break from serious reads.

    Katie-what is "The Magicians" about?

  4. It is fantasy and kind of like an adult Harry Potter. This guy is disappointed by real life and is obsessed with this fantasy world of Fillory (from a series of kid books he read when he was younger). He gets admitted to a school of magic and learns about the dark secrets of Fillory. I'm excited because there is a map at the beginning of the book, and that's usually a good indication (Phantom Tollbooth, City of Ember). If it's good, I'll let you borrow it. :)

  5. Brandi...Jennifer Weiner is awesome! If you haven't read Little Earthquakes yet, SQUEEZE IT IN THE FRONT OF THE LINE! definite must read before your first baby!