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A Summer Reading List Not Shaded Grey


Those of you who follow this blog know my love of books and reading. Every year about this time I share my summer reading list. It’s a yearly ritual for me to create a list of books I hope to accomplish during the summer. It’s not that I don’t read the rest of the year, it’s just summertime reading takes on an entirely special meaning. For me there is nothing more relaxing then a summer evening on the patio with a good book, or a Sunday afternoon, a comfy chair, a tall cool drink and of course a great book. Summer means a little more down time and for me that results in reading.

So here I am again, compiling my list of summer reads. I’ve got a list started but it’s not complete and I’m looking for suggestions. Yeah I know the hot book this summer is 50 Shades of Grey, while I am intrigued by it's popularity I'm not sure it's my kind of book.

So far I have a few that have been waiting in the queue, a few classics I’ve never read and a couple of non-fictions for the list. I’m still looking for a great historical fiction and a family narrative. Maybe you can help me, if you've got a good book you think I might like to add to my summer reading list let me know in comments. Share what’s on your summer reading list.

My list this year includes a couple of classics, I’m trying to fit in all the ones I didn’t read in my youth. This summer’s classics include:

A Moveable Feast  by Ernest Hemingway










The Great Gatsby  by F.Scott Fitzgerald



A couple of non-fiction books on the list

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillibeau. I been following him online and I’m looking forward to reading this book.

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Complete Guide. Fourth Edition
by John Grenham

 Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer


So let me know what else should I add to my list, and fess up is Fifty Shades of Grey on your summer reading list?





10 comments:

  1. I can't say I've formally written a summer reading list. I have a stack of unread books, though, and Nook with over 100 books in it...mostly unread.

    I, too, have been reading classics I missed in the past, The Great Gatsby being one of them. I finished it a few weeks ago. Excellent read! I finished Pride and Prejudice this morning. More difficult language, but still worth the time.

    Since both of those were on my Nook, I will read an 'real' book next. I have many to choose from. :)

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  2. Nancy, Pride and Prejudice is by far my favourite book. I too gather books on my kindle like a squirrel gathering nuts for the winter. Without an action plan I will never get through them all. Thanks for commenting Nancy, happy reading.

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  3. Hi, Lynn,
    I have lots of memoirs on my list, which are the close relative of family history. I'm reading Wild now by Cheryl Strayed. I recommend highly. the four others I hope to get through are: The Good Daughter by Jasmin Darznik, Why be Happy When You Could be Normal by Jean Winterson, The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke. Fro nonfiction on writing I recommend Storycraft by Jack Hart and Tell it Slant by Miller and Paola. I dip into these--not cover to cover. Fiction: The Paris Wife and Driftless. if I can get through Ll those, I'll be thrilled. Thanks for your list. I would like to read The Great Gatsby again but don't know if this summer I can get to it.

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  4. Hi Linda, thanks for the suggestions, I am 3/4 through Wild by Cheryl Strayed, great book, did you hear it was just named Oprah's book club pick. The Paris Wife I read and loved and it's what encouraged me to read A Moveable Feast. I read Tell It Slant, but it was awhile ago, I should pull it out again. I will certainly look up the others as I think we have very similar tastes in books.

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  5. Thank you, Lynn, especially for the reference to John Grenham, Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. We need to identify our original emigrant Kirven family, and this book will surely help. For classics my favorite books include Howard's End by E. M. Forster and Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. Our faculty book club enjoyed two recent books: Wild Swans by Jung Chang (amazing nonfiction!) and State of Wonder by Anne Patchett (equally amazing fiction--you can read the reviews on these two books!). A good book is a blessing. Happy reading!

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  6. Lynn, I just read A Moveable Feast for the first time, after finishing The Paris Wife, which I loved. It's interesting to read about the same events from different perspectives. I'd like to go back and read Gatsby again, too.

    For historical fiction: Have you read The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom? It's about a little girl who grows up as an indentured servant on a plantation around 1800. I really enjoyed it. I also liked The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, set during WWII.

    I hope you'll share your summer reading list with us when you get it finished. Cheers!

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  7. Yes Shelley I have read The Kitchen House but have not read The Postmistress, I've considered it, sounds like I should pick it up. Thanks.

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  8. Lynn -

    If you like classic literature, one of my favorite books is a mystery from the very early 1900s by Mary Roberts Rinehart. I just love it. And, it's public domain now so load it up from Project Gutenberg!

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/994823.The_Circular_Staircase

    I'm not much of a Gray fan myself (just not for me) so I love seeing additional lists pop up when all others are focused on the current "IT" book.

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  9. I agree we seem to like the same books. No need to respond to this. Just wanted to let you know I saw your response to my comment.
    Happy Reading!

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  10. Lynn,
    My favorite book in "Jane Eyre" I found it a very emotional book. I am currently reading "The Help" I know it current but it is very interesting if you are a transplanted New Englander. Glad to read you list. Mary Ellen Aube

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