Monday, May 26, 2014

Summer Reading

The kids might not be out of school and we may still have activities to get to and from but the grill has already heated up, the neighborhood pool is open, and the temps are rising rapidly. We pause on this Memorial Day and remember those who have given of themselves to keep us safe. And somehow this day of remembrance also typically heralds the beginning of summer, which means that it's time for me to post the list of books I hope to wade through between now and Labor Day. I counted how many I read last year and if I read as many, I have a few wildcard spots open. We'll see!!! Comments on the list are welcome.

2014 Summer Reading List

The Beautiful American by Jeanne Mackin
The Year She Left Us by Kathryn Ma
The Witch of Belladonna Bay by Suzanne Palmieri
The Revealed by Jessica Hickam
The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee
The Walk In Closet by Abdi Nazemian
Elly in Love by Colleen Oakes
Betty’s (Little Basement) Garden by Laurel Dewey
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Serenade by Emily Kiebel
Losing Touch by Sandra Hunter
Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert
The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James
Gravel on the Side of the Road by Kris Raddish
The Curse of Van Gogh by Paul Hoppe
The Wild Within by Melissa Hart
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Ishmael’s Oranges by Claire Hajaj
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
No Book But the World by Leah Hager Cohen
Marching to Zion by Mary Glickman
Neverhome by Laird Hunt
In Between Dreams by Iman Verjee
The Geometry of Love by Jessica Levine
The Blessings by Elise Juska
Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield
Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen
The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki
The Sign Painter by Davis Bunn
Gemini by Carol Cassella
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
Mating for Life by Marissa Stapley
The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
The People in the Photo by Helene Gestern
The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley
‘Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma
The From Aways by C.J. Hauser
The Wings of the Dove by Henry James


  1. Wow, that's a lot of books! I'm not sure I could read that many in that time frame.Most of those are new to me. I'll have to check them out!

  2. Kristen, I thought about doing a similar list, however, my reading seems off course lately and I seem to be reading everything EXCEPT what I intended to read :( Oh well

    I hope you love the majority of the ones you end up reading. Enjoy your summer.

  3. That looks like a great list of books. I won't manage that many -- I'm putting a list up tomorrow as Top Ten Tuesday post and I'll be pretty happy if I read all ten of those!

    Joy's Book Blog

  4. Great list! You are going to have a wonderful summer. :)

  5. I am absolutely thrilled to be included on your list. Thank you! -Melissa

  6. Wow, how did you come up with this list? I don't know too many. But Burial Rites and The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls seem to be good picks! I've read The Rosie Project and it's worth it too. Enjoy your summer books.


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