Last year I offered up my own summer reading list. Now is the time for true confessions - I read exactly one of the books on that list - The Age of Miracles - and I loved it. I own a couple of the others, either in print form, or on my ipad - they sit there waiting for me. Why have I not gotten to them? One of the reasons is something that I've written about before. I don't often purchase books anymore - someone either loans or passes on their copy to me, or I use my local library. Since the ones borrowed from the library (and sometimes from friends) have a due date - they tend to get read first. Truthfully though, I have been on a bit of a reading hiatus. This happens to me every now and again, and usually when my life is full of other things going on. That is certainly the case right now. I find that I am checking out more audio books than ever before because I can knit, set up my new studio space, drive and cook, all while listening to a story that I might have otherwise sat down to read. I'm not like my good friend Judy, who can read a book and knit at the same time! For example, today I am swinging by the library to up the audio recording of Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, all 25+ hours of it! I think that will cover me for awhile. I have also put a request in for And the Mountains Echoed, the newest by Khaled Hosseini. That one's going to be awhile - there's a fairly long list of other people ahead of me.
Still, I love to look though those recommended summer reading lists and parse out those that seem to interest me the most. So here is MY list for summer 2013 (in no particular order - and with links at the bottom to other lists for you to look at). All cover photos are from Goodreads.com, and all summaries are from BarnesandNoble.com. My apologies to those of you reading this via e-mail. Whenever I line things up side by side in my blog, it seems to be all over the place in the e-mail. If that's the case, please click here!
Here's hoping that I get to more than one of them!
"Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page."
"The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge."
"When Lucy Lovett’s husband loses his job, she is forced to give up her posh life in London and move their family to a tiny apartment in Manhattan, where her husband has managed to secure a lowly position. Lucy finds herself living in the center of cool and hip. Across from their apartment is a trendy bar called PDT—whenever Lucy passes by, she thinks, Please Don’t Tell anyone I’m a middle-aged woman.
Homesick and resentful at first, Lucy soon embarks on the love affair of her life—no, not with her husband (though they’re both immensely relieved to discover they do love each other for richer or poorer), but with New York City and the three women who befriend her.
There’s Julia, who is basically branded with a Scarlet A when she leaves her husband and kids for a mini nervous breakdown and a room of her own; Christy, a much older man’s trophy wife, who is a bit adrift as only those who live high up in penthouses can be; and disheveled and harried Robyn, constantly compensating for her husband, who can’t seem to make the transition from wunderkind to adult.
Spot-on observant, laugh-out-loud funny, yet laced with kindness through and through, No One Could Have Guessed the Weather is a story of what happens when you grow up and realize the middle part of
your story might just be your beginning."
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NPR Critics' List
Amazon Summer Reading For All Ages
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Slate Magazine: Summer 2013
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Chatelaine's Best Ever Summer Reads
Oprah's 2013 Summer Reads
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