August 16, 2010

My Favorite Summer Reads

With so little time left of summer, I thought I would FINALLY share some of my favorite summer reads.

Here they are:

The Last Summer of You and Me by Ann Brashares. Set on Fire Island, NY, I got totally entangled in the relationship between two sisters and their male companion. Couldn't put it down.

Next up is Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. What can you say about this timeless classic written 50 years ago. I savor every word of this book.

Without Reservations by columnist Alice Steinbach, details her late-life European adventure including a romance with a Japanese business executive.

The Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance by Jane Juska. This sixty-something heads out into the world of personal-ad dating. An oftentimes sad yet honest account of her encounters. She was on The View a few years ago and is a woman I would like to have lunch with.

A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke. Merde, for those of you who don't speak French, means crap. Very funny "fiction" book that follows Brit Paul West as he navigates life in France. Funny and sexy romp!

An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser. When her husband leaves her, Ms. Fraser sets off on a transatlantic love affair. Feeling plump, she allows herself to show off her sexy side with the help of a European man. A sometime writer for More magazine, I love her writing and wish I were in Ischia right now!

The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club by Jessica Morrison. The title character after catching her fiance cheating on her the same day she loses her job, in a drunken stupor, books a rental in Buenos Aires. This book was the catalyst that, a few years ago, planted the blogging seed in my head. Took me a while to act on it but glad I did. A very fun read.

After reviewing my summer reading list, I see that I love books that take me away to faraway places.

Ahhh . . .

Dontcha just love books?!

"I find television to be very educating.
Every time somebody turns on the set,
I go in the other room and read a book."
- Groucho Marx


Holly said...

I used to be in a book club and read a it seems all I read is blogs...I must change that (a little). These are all new to me except the Round-Heeled Woman - have that one. I'll be checking these out.

Anne said...

Thanks so much for these - I'm always looking for new books!

Heidi said...

Hi Carmie,
Thanks for linking up, and for all your support the past few days. I do appreciate you!
I love a good book, and "A Gift From the Sea" is always on my bedside table. I've given copies to so many of my friends. Just love it.
All the rest I will have to find and read. They sound wonderful. I just love to travel, doing it via a good book is the easiest way I know!

Kelee Katillac said...

Very nice post! Love books too!

Happy Gratitude Day!

Stop by!


Room to Inspire said...

These all look like great reads. I will be coming back here as soon as I finish my current book! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.


Nikki said...

LOVE books! Nothing better than kicking back and losing yourself in a story...
Thanks for linking this up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Terrell said...

I'm not a huuuge fan of reading books...but these look like some great finds!! Maybe I could change my tune about reading as a hobby ?? :D Thank you so much for linking up to Frou Frou Decor today! Have a great weekend!!
~Terrell @ FFD~

Amanda said...

I have been looking for some good books to read!

I am your newest follower and would love if you could follow me back!

Thank you,

Amanda :)

Fifi Flowers said...

I'm terribly jealous you have time to read... lately I cannot find a free moment... le sigh!

Struggler said...

"A Year in the Merde" is such a great title, I'd like to read it just because of that. Probably, he was inspired by the bestseller of several years ago, "A Year in Provence".

Kristi Flanagan said...

I love "A Gift from the Sea"! I haven't read any of the others yet - thanks for the suggestions! Now, just to find the time to read!

Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party.


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pausina said...

I read The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club too and it planted the blogging seed in my head as well!!

It's awesome how the book "travel" all around the world, like this fun one!!

Anna from Italy

Jerri said...

I wish I had more time to read. I have a list of books a mile long that I want to read!

Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

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