Summer to me equals books. Maybe it’s the schoolgirl in me, or the musician/non-profiter in me, but it’s the time when I get to read for myself. Doing so “during season” was never really possible, but come May? Bam! I have a book in my hand, and usually a new one every week, devouring the stack of must-reads that had accumulated on my bedside table.
This summer has been different for many reasons….most of my time was spent packing, unpacking, driving cross-country, exploring Utah with Joe or spending time with Sean and Wallis. Also, I noticed that I’ve spent more time outside than ever before. Probably because I’m used to 100+ degree, humid summer days that were never, and never will be, appealing. Here I didn’t mind sitting outside for hours, or spending an afternoon hiking.
So, those are the ways I’m justifying the ridiculously short list that is my summer reading. Summer, after all, is about to be over. And, my guess is that once this Utah winter hits….in a few weeks…that I’ll be spending my days and nights under a blanket with a book or two…or twenty.
Here’s what I’ve read this summer:
Granted, this 1200+ page tome should really count as at least three books. I had been waiting to find time to read this all throughout the season. Once that last performance hit, I sat down and read the entire thing before packing one box. Totally worth it.
It’s not my typical M.O. when it comes to book choices, but I do love certain comedians and Jim Gaffigan is one of them. This ended up being a really quick read that made me laugh during days I wanted to throw cardboard boxes and tape guns out the window. A must for any new parent, but enjoyable to those that aren’t.
You might know the name Khaled Hosseini from The Kite Runner, but what you may have missed was his incredible, incredible A Thousand Splendid Suns. It’s one of my top five books ever, so I was on pins and needles for his new book to come out. And, it was glorious. By far the best book I’ve read in a long time. There is something so beautiful and personal about his writing style that I can’t get enough of. The best part? This story deals with generations of family and friends, which is my favorite kind of story. (Also the reason I’m obsessed with One Thousand Years of Solitude and East of Eden — two others in my top five.) If this list inspires you at all, let it be to read this book.
A few years ago I got drunk on the Dan Brown kool-aid. I was stunned by The Da Vinci Code and knew that on some level this guy was a game-changer. (Much like John Grisham with his The Firm.) So, I kept reading Brown. I read his earlier stuff and I hung on through The Lost Symbol, even though it was by a thread. I think Dan just needed to stick with Europe, though, because Inferno was great. A little predictable after reading all of his other stuff, but good nonetheless. The guy knows how to make you turn a page.
1. Cookbooks / Photography books
I’ve been spending a lot of my free time studying up with King Arthur on my new altitude and how it’s going to affect the cakes, cupcakes, breads and cookies I like to bake. I’ve also been learning more about my camera, Photoshop and Illustrator, thanks to Scott Kelby.
I should really do a list of books I want to read, but there are a lot more than five of them. Here’s a sampling of what’s on my hardcover horizon:
Gillian Flynn. Have you read Gone Girl yet? AH-mazing. True genius. I can’t wait to read her Sharp Objects and Dark Places.
Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life
Charles’ Duhigg’s The Power of Habit
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars
Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings
J.K. Rowling’s The Cuckoo’s Calling (She’s gets one…ONE…more chance after The Casual Vacancy.)
Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (I know, I know. How can I not have read this yet? I’m virtually hanging my head in shame.)
What are you reading? Any recommendations? Anyone read the Divergent series? I do have 7-8 months of winter to fill. Let’s fill ’em up with good reads.