August 1, 2011

My Favorite Reads for Summer

My favorite bookmark says it all . . .Is there anything quite as pleasant as summertime reading? On a beach chair, poolside, your favorite patio chair . . . once Memorial Day hits, I so look forward to choosing my summer reads.

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?

"No matter how busy you may think you are,
you must find time for reading,
or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."
- Confucius


Jeanne said...

Great choices Carmie!
A Gift By The Sea, Without Reservations, Joan Anderson's books and more are some of my favourites too. Have you read The House in Mitford Series? Oldies but goodies, they are keepers!

Hope you are having a great summer, it certainly reads like you are!


EmptyNester said...

I haven't read very many of those at all but some of them look quite enticing!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

My goodness you have certainly been busy reading :-) I have not read any of these books so thank you for these reviews! I will have to check them out. I am also a memoir reader. I read very little fiction, but last summer I read "Something Borrowed", "Love the One You're With", "Baby Proof", and "Something Blue" all by Emily Griffin. It was easy, mindless, and fun poolside reading. I guess there is only so much nonfiction I can read before I need a silly fictional book (or four). Since Borders is going out of business I was just there and I did get Griffin's "Heart of the Matter." I haven’t started it yet though. The best 2 memoirs that I have read recently (though they have nothing to do with the beach they are still pretty good) are "Orange is the New Black" by Piper Kerman and "Black Heels to Tractor Wheels" by Ree Drummond. Kerman’s book I saw reviewed in People magazine and it was phenomenal! Drummond’s story is so sweet; it’s a true fairly tale love story come true. Ok goodness, now that I have rambled on forever, I better go read something! Have a great week!

Carolyn said...

I also love the Sue Grafton Books. Can't put them down once I have started one.

Erin of said...

I am so happy to be adding all of these to my list! My husband is getting ready to deploy with the Navy and I will be in need of several new book distractions. :) Thanks so much for linking up at up at Home Savvy A to Z today and I look forward to blogging with you. I am a new follower!

dogsmom said...

I am bookmarking this so I can come back and write these suggestions down. My computer has been misbehaving so I am doing a lot more book reading again.
For no brainer-enjoy it fiction reading I have long time (ok old) authors I enjoy, Fern Michaels, Maeve Binche, and even have their books on CD from the library to listen to as I do other (brainless) housework. I enjoy light mystery like the Cat Who or Sneaky Pie Brown series. Quick reads.
For longer reads to sink my teeth into I tend to go nonfiction.
It is fun to know that some of my favorite authors also blog and are easy to talk to. I have links to a few in my sidebar.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love your book list! So many wonderful books I will now put on my library list --thanks!

I did read a few great books this summer that I'd highly recommend. The first is "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana De Rosnay, and "Room" by Emma Donoghue. Both were spellbinding and I couldn't put them down! I also read two books as a BlogHer reviewer. The first was "Caleb's Crossing" by Geraldine Brooks -- it was historical fiction about eh first native American student to go to Harvard in the early years of our country.
The second was "A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter" by William Deresiewicz. Even though I never read any of Jane Austen's novels it was maybe less interesting than I still enjoyed it. Penguin books also sent a complete anthology of the Austen novels to us as reviewers, so someday I finally hope to read a few! :)

Ellen said...

Interesting reading list. I've been spending my days reading David Baldacci's Camel Club books, the newest James Patterson and who knows what else.

making baking and creating said...

Thanks for the interesting reviewes. Take care.

Shauna said...

What a great book list. I can't wait to read one of your suggestions. I would love for you to link this to my "All Things Wonderful" link party. I am excited to have found your blog today.

liZ evans said...

Oh I love a list of book suggestions! I haven't read any of those and could use a good light read.

The book I just finished was Sarah's Key that Pat who commented above mentioned.

LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

Thanks for sharing these titles as well as a bit about them. I will check them out on Amazon for my Kindle. :)

I am visiting from WFMW and it is nice to "meet" you. Stop by and say hi anytime.

LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

I am sharing your post on my FB page... thank you so much for sharing it over the party ;)

abeachcottage said...

They all look like a great read. Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays :)

Bella Michelle said...

I love A Gift By The Sea is one of my all time favorite reads!!!! Oh, and I am like you there is just something magical about summer reads!

Popping over from Amanda's Weekend Bloggy Linky party!!! Happy Friday!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Great selection...thanks for all the recommendations! Have you read any of Michael Lee West's books? They are awesome for a fun summer read that will have you laughing. :)

Karen said...

If you love the Lindbergh book you should read A Country Year by Sue Hubbell. It is about a woman who comes to the Missouri Ozarks in 1970's with her husband to live on a farm. She learns how to live off the land and to deal with being an outsider in an very new to her culture.

It deals with the year's seasons and the life of a beekeeper but also a woman who learns to make a life without her husband.

Like the Lindbergh book it deals on many levels. I read this book every year even though I no longer live in the mountains.

I found this book when I went to live on a farm in the Mo Ozarks with my husband and daughter and I too ended up making a life without my husband. I loved as a young wife madly in love, as confused and left behind wife, and now as mother making a life for her two children.
Sorry to go on so long! Love the blog!

Jenn Marie said...

great book list!

mine is rather short for this summer and thankfully so, since i only got through one and a half so far!

stopping by from Friday's blog hop & new follower! hope you stop back by!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I am ALWAYS looking for a good book to read - thanks for the info!

chikwithyarn said...

Another good book is THE HELP.

Joy said...

Awesome list, love your posts!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Looks like your Summer reading is wonderful~ Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

I'm always on the lookout for a good read! And surprisingly... I haven't read ANY of these you suggested!!! Thanks for the ideas!! And for linking to Fancy This Fridays!!!

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Oooh, you do have a great book list there! I will definitely add some of those to my list!

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