Summer Reading List

People are always asking me what I’m reading or what gems I’ve read recently, so I thought this might be a fun time to share my summer reading list!

I’m a self-proclaimed lifelong bookworm. I’ve worked in libraries and for book publishers and I visit the library and bookstores religiously. And you already know about my love for sites like Paperback Swap. I also love to browse on Good Reads and see what new finds my friends are reading (see my own Currently Reading list on the right sidebar of this page). I’m constantly reading. Check my purse — there’s always a book in it, just in case. (Well, you never know when you’ll be stuck in a long line at the post office or a wait at the doctor’s office. I like to be prepared for boredom.)

So time to share!

Here are some of my favorites that I’ve delved into so far this summer (for more of what I’ve been reading, check out my lake trip list and another recent favorite):

The Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood/Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. These are way better than Twilight! I never liked vampire books before I met Stephenie Meyer four years ago and I never thought I’d read much of them again. Ann Rice just never did it for me. Enter Sookie, stage left. These books are addicting. Try ‘em. They suck you life up, but it’s so worth it. Side note: I just finished the last (for now…book 10 doesn’t come out for another long year) book in the series and I feel so abandoned. I hate finishing up a beloved series or all books a favorite author has written. I feel so empty and alone…or I need a new literary obsession.


Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez —  Nonfiction, autobiography about a beautician who opens a beauty school in Kabul shortly after the Taliban have vacated Afghanistan. It’s an interesting look into the war-torn country and how women are changing their roles there.

The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent — When I first got this book, for some reason (maybe the title?) I thought I’d be reading more about Tudor England (one of my favorite historical fiction topics). Instead, I found myself sucked into a story about witch trials in a town near Salem, Massachusetts. Really interesting take, especially considering the author is descended from one of the prosecuted witches and did some serious family treeing and digging to write this based-on-truth story about her family.

Now for what’s coming up! This are next on my to-read/to-finish list:

my life in franceMy Life in France by Julia Child — For some reason, I have trouble finishing this book. I literally started it two years ago and I go back to it when I’m in between books. I don’t know why it’s taking me so long! I’m somewhat determined to finish it before I see the movie Julie and Julia, but not sure if it will happen. Regardless, I do enjoy it…maybe I just don’t want it to end?

Julie & Julia — This goes hand-in-hand with Life in France. I want to read it before I see the movie, but I might jump ship and just go see the flick in the theaters while I can.

Just Jane by Nancy Moser — I’m a Jane Austen addict. This will only feed my drug craving for a while.

The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty — She’s one of my new favorites. I recently read The Rest of Her Life and now I’m onto everything else she’s written. She reminds me of Jodi Picoult (one of my other cult favorites).

Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray — It has cake in the title so it’s gotta be good, right? 🙂

The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood
— I like to knit and so I’m always drawn to knitting books!

Okay, that’s just my current short list! There’s a much longer list but then this post might get boring(er).


~ by spontaneoustruth on July 31, 2009.

4 Responses to “Summer Reading List”

  1. Interesting list. Other than the Charlaine Harris book, I haven’t seen the the rest of your picks on other lists.


  2. I got Kabul and the Laura book (both on your recommendation of course) on PBS this week. Lots of reading to do!!

    • Mel, can’t wait to hear what you think of Laura! And I should have given you my copy of Kabul but it’s already working it’s way through the PBS system…wouldn’t it be hilarious if you ended up with my copy??

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