Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer Reading . . .

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My reality TV obsessions are finished for the season and the Revolution ends July 6, so my DVR is down to General Hospital and Jeopardy.  That means it's time to hit the summer books.  I've been reading a lot of blog posts and magazine articles about "beach reads".  Some categorize summer books as "lighter", some see it as a chance to delve into re-reads of old favorites, some poo-poo the idea entirely, saying their reading choices are not affected by changing seasons.  I fall into the first group - the light reader.  Not that these books are fluff - but subject matter, writing style, and setting make them less strenuous reads.  Hot weather puts me off of anything too weighty or difficult - I don't want to work that hard. 

For summer, I tend towards cozy mysteries, humorous stories, books that feature women's friendships, and anything set on the beach.  Pretty, cheery covers also play a part in my summer selections more than other seasons.  Here's what's on my Summer Reading List:

Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank - out June 12th
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen 

The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook - pub. date June 5th
Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich - due out June 19th
Stardust by Carla Stewart

So far, I only own three of these books, but I've got an inkling that some birthday gifts may add to the collection, and a few will be available at the library.  There are several books waiting in my TBR that may get substituted in, so the lineup is open to change.  But this is the general direction I'm headed.  What are you reading this summer?


  1. My plan is to read this summer if I can turn my computer off. Yes my DVR looks very sad these days although I have taped several of my favorite movies to watch while I blog. I have Big Brother in July :)

  2. I'm going to have to read that Anna Quindlen one; I do like her reading. Did you read Every Last One by her (did I ask you this already?) Very good book; sad but so very good; I couldn't put it down (which is hard to do if one is working :)

    Looks like a great summer of reading fun! I'm reading a few books to review and not sure what else I'll sneak in over the months ahead.


  3. I do think it is interesting to have different "seasons" of reading.

  4. I don't necessarily read lighter books in summer, but I go through periods (like now because my mind is trying to stimulate a toddler) where I need to read lighter books. Who knows? Maybe this 'period' will last until Gage heads to school, LOL!