summer reading

Posted on June 24th, 2011 by Tonia 17 Comments

A few facts about me: 1) I am a bookworm. (2) Especially in the summer. (3) We live within walking distance to the library. (4) I just finished this book.

It was so good, I am sad that I reached the end! I savored the last few pages for days. What should I read next? What are you reading this summer?

Nothing beats a cold beverage, a shady spot outside, and a gripping novel.

Have a great weekend!


  1. me too. me too. me TOO!

    my summer reading list includes:
    tina fey’s bossypants,
    rob lowe’s autobiography,
    the gifts of imperfection by brene brown,
    beautiful you by rosie molinary

    reading is one of my summer of intentionality goals. plus i really want to win a prize from our public library’s summer reading program.

    bookworms rule!

  2. Cathy Schroeder says:

    I have two books I was going to put at Mary’s garage sale tomorrow, Olive Kitteridge and The Elegance of the Hedgehog. If you haven’t read these I will get them to you somehow. Do you want them?

  3. alex says:

    I’m a bookworm too :) Atlas Shrugged is a great summer read and one of my favorite books, so I highly recommend it. Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrell would also be a good one if you feel like a good period fantasy novel. Memoirs of a Geisha is quite good too.

    I’m thinking about reading through Austin this summer. Austin just feels summery to me. I also have a couple of books by Martin Millar that I haven’t gotten around to yet, so I’ll polish those off while I’m at it. Other than that I’ll just have to wait and see what sounds good at any given time. Happy reading!

  4. Terry says:

    I love “The Woman in White” too! It’s one of those books that I wish I had never read just so I could read it again for the first time. (Does that make any sense?) “The Thirteenth Tale” is another one like that. I’m reading “Cutting for Stone” right now and it’s excellent – and also involves twins.

  5. Tonia says:

    @Terry: I read “The Thirteenth Tale” and loved it!
    @Alex: I read “The Fountainhead” recently and loved it. “Atlas Shrugged” could be next…
    @Mary: I haven’t read either of those, thanks for the suggestions! But go ahead and garage sale them- I live so close to the library and can easily get them! :)

    Happy reading to you all!

  6. Tonia says:

    Oops! @Cathy, not Mary! Getting my Aunties mixed up. 😛

  7. I’m currently reading Rob Lowe’s “Stories I Only Tell My Friends”

  8. Erin says:

    I recently rediscovered the love of my local library. I have so many books, I was trying to find a way to still read all the books I wanted, without the physical need for them afterwards.

    Then I remembered that I lived less than a 5 minute walk from the library, and membership is free and for life 😀

  9. Caitlyn says:

    I have been in the process of reading Saint Ben for the last few months and I have enjoyed it. I might some day finish it! =)

  10. Tonia says:

    @Erin, I will confess that when we lived in Duluth I was a frequent patron of the Barnes & Nobles there. It was a guilty pleasure for me to buy books. But it’s SO much better to support the library for many reasons. I am thankful our little town doesn’t have any big chain stores like that to tempt me away from my new-found good behavior! 😉

  11. Tonia says:

    Hi Tami, your comments somehow got caught in my spam filter! So sorry. I found them and published them now, obviously. Thank you for sharing your reading list!!

  12. Zoe says:

    The Woman In White is totally on my reading list for the summer! My husband and I just finished The Time Traveler’s Wife, which is actually really good (warning: we both cried,) and I’m currently reading 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and re-reading the Sookie Stackhouse books. Next up: The Happiness Project.

    Yay, books!

  13. Patricia says:

    I read The Thirteenth Tale over the winter and loved it. I’m reading Cavalier by Lucy Worsley and also writing down a few suggestions I’ve seen on here! The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton may get a reread this summer…it’s really good. She died with only 3/4’s of it completed but a Wharton scholar finished it based on her notes.

  14. Jessica says:

    Check out The Help, by Kathryn Stockett if you haven’t already. It’s fantastic :)

  15. Tonia says:

    @Jessica: The Help is already on my list! I have heard from so many people that it’s great!

  16. Karen says:

    I read that book last winter and felt the same way! I’d recommend another Wilkie Collin’s book – The Moonstone.

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