Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Summer Reading List

Thanks for the anniversary wishes! Jeff and I are going to Florida later this summer to celebrate but Sunday evening after we delivered the Lil' Deuce Coops to their parents (with not a scrape!) we headed to the rooftop bar in our neighborhood and enjoyed such a lovely night. I definitely didn't expect to wake up on our 1st anniversary with a 2 and 5 year old, but it was a great weekend and we had a blast. 

I'm obsessed with your new chair. I'm a bit shocked considering the other chairs you've purchased recently. I think it's great that you're mixing up the styles. The latest addition looks like a perfect place to curl up and read...

I like reading. I like reading so much that strangers stop me on the street and tell me that walking and reading is dangerous. I'm not sure if 'dangerous' is the word I would use, but it's probably not advisable. Some other examples of unadvisable reading habits...
On our honeymoon last year I was reading the first installment of the Stieg Larsson series. Jeff gave me those honeymoon eyes, and I said "Can I just finish this chapter?" No beuno.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree because when the Doctor came to tell my Mom she was ready to deliver me, Dee said "Let me just finish this chapter." Hmmmm.

So here's my latest reading guide:
I'm currently reading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I love BK because she's from Kentucky, but I have an awful time getting in to her books. Usually I'm halfway through before I get to a happy place. I've previously read The Lacuna and Prodigal Summer. BK's former sister-in-law is a member of my Mom's book club, which is oh so.... Kentucky.

Jane Mount

Below are some recommendations from a girl who reads and walks:

Great Summer Beach Reads:
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Cult Classics that you should read if you haven't already:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (JLAW just got cast as the main character!)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

For when you're feeling a little deep:
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Old Classics I have read recently and recommend:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Next up on my list:
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Recommendations from Dee:
The Piano Teacher by Janice YK Lee 
A Death in Tuscany by Michele Giuttari
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 
The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille


What's on your reading list for this summer?



  1. Um, I added Poisonwood Bible to my Kindle 2 nights ago. Scary!

  2. You absolutely have to read The Book Thief – it's a beautiful novel told from Death's perspective. It's amazing. AND I just finished We Were the Mulvaneys. It's really sad, but really good.

    Love you and can't wait to see you soon!

  3. Nat- I started The Book Thief at my Mom's recommendation but I got so depressed! You're saying I should stick with it? Adding Mulvaneys to my goodreads now! Thanks! D