I decided to share with you some of my favorite summer reads through the years.
The ultimate summer read is Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea.First printed in 1955, relevance still leaps from its pages. A wife and mother looking for simplicity in the everyday, escapes to the beach to find herself. Cannot recommend this book enough. It is to be read every summer. I only wish the author were still alive as I would love to hear her speak.
During the summer, I enjoy reading beach-themed books.From a woman pondering divorce in A Year by the Seaby Joan Anderson to two sisters sharing one love on Fire Island in The Last Summer (of You & Me) by Anne Brashares (a favorite of mine) to my current read, The House on Oyster Creek by Heidi Jon Schmidt, you cannot go wrong with these beachey reads. I can feel the sand under my toes.
I also like to be taken away, far far away and these following books do just that.A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke is about a Brit who moves to Paris and all the culture shocks that go along with it. This book had me laughing out loud.
Capturing Paris by Katharine Davis is about a 25 year marriage that is on the brink in, wherelse, Paris.
French Trysts by Kirsten Lobe is about an American escort in Paris and it is a very fun, sexy, oh-my-word read. My sunglasses are getting all steamy as I type this.
By Bread Alone by Sarah-Kate Lynch. While on holiday in France, Esme allows Louis to knead more than her sourdough bread.
I read The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club by Jessica Morrison a few summers ago and it is what started me thinking about creating a blog. In one day, the main character loses her job, her apartment after finding her fiance cheating on her and in a drunken binge, leases an apartment in Buenos Aires. Stupid title but fun read.
When in Rome . . . A Novel of Piazzas and Passion by Gemma Townley is another "my boyfriend is an ass" book but he's an ass in Rome. Heck, you're in Rome. Go shopping!
I love to read travel memoirs. These are two of my favorite reads and I think about the authors often. Isn't that the sign of a good book?An Italian Affair by sometime More magazine columnist Laura Fraser details her affair with a Frenchman throughout Italy. She comes to appreciate and experience her bigger-than-a-size-2 body. Love this book. She is such a great writer.
Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach holds a special place in my heart as while I was in Italy, solo, for several weeks, I contacted the author and she kindly replied. Ms. Steinbach is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and in this book, she chronicles her travels through Europe and her love affair with a Japanese man.
In A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance, Jane Juska places the following personal ad: "Before I turn 67--next March--I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like."She does just that. Poignant, I admire her chutzpah. She was on The View a few years ago discussing this book. Love her.
My summer would not be complete without reading one of Sue Grafton's books.A mystery writer, I somehow can't seem to put down her books and "O" is for Outlaw was no exception.
Well, there you have it. Some of my favorite summer reads.
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think?
What's your favorite summer read?
you must find time for reading,
or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."