Wednesday, July 3, 2013

my summer reading list

since it's the middle of summer and we are off to china today, i made a little list of 
favorite summer books i've read so far, and some i want to read before 
summer's end...and hopefully on the looong flight to asia today!
here they sure to comment with your favorites!

<< books i've read so far this summer >>

the paris wife by paula mclain: one of my favorite books in a while! this book tells the story of ernest hemingway and his first wife, and their time in paris and traveling all around europe as he began his career. i love the picture it paints of the 20's in paris..and the ups and downs of their life together.

the history of love by nicoli krauss: so moving and beautiful. it is not what you think it's about, but i loved every second of this book. enchanting. 

11/22/63 by stephen king: maybe it's because i am a big fan of history & politics, but i was obsessed with this book. i could not put it down. i normally don't love books that aren't true or couldn't happen, but this is such an interesting take on time travel, and what changing history would do to the future. centered around the lead-up to JFK's assassination. i read it so fast!

the fault in our stars by john green: i kept hearing about this book, so i finally got it. it's always hard to read a story about cancer, but this one is somehow uplifting. augustus is one of my favorite characters i have ever read in a book, and it gives hope even in hard circumstances. a movie is being made from this book soon, so i'll be interested to see it.

where'd you go, bernadette? by maria semple: this is definitely a unique book, but i found it so refreshing, funny, and honest. it is a modern book about a family in seattle, and bernadette is so crazy but so great. i loved this bizarre, quirky, but endearing story for a quick summer read.

<< books still to read >>
^^ and, here are some books that are still on my summer reading list {i better pick up the pace!} i am most excited to read half broke horses next, because jeannette walls also wrote the glass castle which is one of my very favorite books. i was sent the skinny book by my friend's PR firm in NYC to review on the blog, so that will be fun to read and hopefully inspire me to eat healthier this summer since it is all about the vegan lifestyle!
i've also heard a lot about lean in, and i'm excited for that one too. better start reading!

**which books are on your reading list this summer?**


  1. I just read "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" with my book club! I felt a little confused by the memo/email/communication style of the author's writing and constantly found myself jumping ahead to see who was writing. Not my favorite, but interesting!

    I just finished "The Sugar Queen" by Sarah Addison! Super good! An easy read and entertaining :)

    I'm planning on reading "Silver Linings Playbook" next. J-Law was amazing in the movie and I can't wait to get started!

  2. I really want to read "Lean In" & "The Paris Wife" both look so great!

    xo. Kailagh

  3. yay for china!!! kind of funny - my sister in china is coming here to UT on friday! you're switching places :) have such a fabulous time! and do lots of cheap shopping!! (but don't let them rip you those bargaining skills girl!) can't wait to hear about it. xoxo.

  4. Lots of good reads! I've heard so much about The Paris Wife, so I will probably read that next! Gone Girl was awesome and Beautiful Ruins was good too!

  5. I'm a huge Stephen King fan as well as being big into history so 11/22/1963 was right up my ally. You should read more of his work. I don't like a lot of his horror books but there are so many others to enjoy like The Long Walk.

    I also love The Fault in Our Stars. Heartbreaking yet hopeful.

    The Night Circus is so good! Definitely one of my favorite reads of 2013.

    Happy reading!

  6. I don’t know about you, but when summertime comes around, my reading appetite changes. I need a book that I can read and comprehend while sitting alongside the pool with four splashy loud children interrupting me every 5 minutes for goldfish or a trip to the lovely pool bathrooms. Summertime reading needs to be fairly light and simple so that I can enjoy the nice weather, the summer distractions, and everything else that is going on around me in the meantime. I tend to look for books that are comical or shorter than your average novel. My recommendation for you this summer is “The Facebook Diet” by author Gemini Adams ( The author has created a book that illustrates the many weird and wonderful obsessive behaviors that people like myself exhibit as a result of Facebook! The book features 50 very funny cartoons that all start with “You know you’re a Facebook addict when….” It’s not all illustrations though and there are some interesting facts about social media, good suggestions for going on a “digital detox” and lots of quirky and fun observations about our fixation with this phenomenon… Hope you enjoy! have a great summer

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  8. I really wish I had more time to read. :/

  9. I LOVE Winter Garden!! Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors, but I especially loved Winer Garden and the history that went along with the book! I hope you have read it by now!!

    1. i did read it and loved it too! let me know of any other suggestions you have! xo


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