What Shall I Read This Summer?

Summer Reading

The weather was so warm last week that it got me thinking about summer and what I’d be reading on those long, hot days. I LOVE a good reading list and summer reading lists have a very special place in my heart. When I was in grade school, I hung out at the library every summer. Call it cheap daycare, but I really got into those summer reading programs and blew through them in no time at all.

Sometimes I’d hunker down in a reading cubby right there in the children’s section and hang with my book stash. Other times I’d venture into the main reading room and read with the adults. I always felt so grown up when I did that. But now? There’s work and chores like cleaning, shopping and laundry. Fun killers, if you ask me. Last year, I tried to participate in an adult summer reading program through the local library but their website had issues and just wasn’t fun to update. No, my days of lounging at the library are pretty non-existent.

That doesn’t mean that the fun is totally gone though.

This year, I am not going to come up with an actual list. Mostly, because I have a hard time sticking to it. This year, I am toying with the idea of selecting a chunkster and reading it slowly over the summer. I want a a memorable book. Preferably one that I can be proud to “put behind me” so to speak. I will be reading other books too. I mean, I have a review list “this” long so I can’t avoid that but it would be nice to say that during the Summer of ’14 I read [insert title here].

If you could recommend one chunkster to me, what would it be and why? Also, I guess it doesn’t have to be a chunkster but if it is, then that’s a bonus. I figure that in the process, we will be creating a list for everyone to enjoy.

Titles to exclude: A Suitable Boy, The Goldfinch, Moby Dick, The Fountainhead (I am reading or have read these)


Best of 2012: My Favorites

Best of 2012

Happy New Year!

2012 was a tough year of reading for me. I enjoyed many books, but when it comes to my “best of” list, the books needed to be more than just entertaining or elegantly written. They had to spark something within me. That said, some of my choices may seem odd to you but they all meant something to me at the time and they are the ones that I often think about, even now.

Here’s my list, in the order in which I read them:

1.Then Again (audio) by Diane Keaton
2.Wish You Were Here by Stewart O’Nan
3.Heft by Liz Moore
4.A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
5.The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
6.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
7.The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
8.So L.A. by Bridget Hoida
9.The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
10.The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye
11. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami (added at the very last minute!)

Looking at this list which is is all fiction with the exception of the first title, I can honestly say that the characters won me over. Each of them complex, richly developed and memorable. If you are looking for a great read, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

Here’s to another year of great reading!

My 2012 Summer Reading List

The Bird Saviors

In One Person

The Dog Stars

Disturbing the Peace
Norwegian Wood

There But For The
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
For me, summer starts Memorial Day weekend and guess what? We are already there! Hard to believe, but it’s true. This summer, my list is all over the place. I never use these lists as a hard and fast rule for anything because I am easily influenced by Net Galley, Edelweiss, other book blogs and what shows up on the “New Books” shelf at my local library. However, these are the books that I hope to read this summer. Not your typical beach fare but I like the heavier stuff anyway and I have always, always wanted to read Jaws. I plan to read that one while sitting on the beach, slathered in Coppertone with the book in one hand and a tuna fish sandwich in the other.

Each cover links to Indiebound in case you want to know more about the book.

What’s on your list?

Disclosure: The post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

My Reading List (AKA Books, Books and More Books)

As I have been saying and saying… I have been a reading fool although the words have not been coming out of my fingers in the form of reviews but that’s okay. I have reviews scheduled for the weeks ahead and I will focus on next week, this weekend. You ever do that? Schedule a bunch of stuff for a tour or because of a book’s release date and then find yourself with nothing for the very next week? I am not into memes so sometimes I have to improvise without boring you to tears. So, what do I do? Talk about what I am reading, what I plan to read and what I really need to get to out of guilt.

I am reading:

Emily Alone by Stewart O’Nan (sequel to Wish You Were Here)
The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (a re-read, almost done!)
Alien vs. Predator by Michael Robbins (poetry!)
The Moon and Sixpence by Somerset Maugham
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (a re-read for me, a wonderful book)
The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakmi (stories)

What I plan to read next:

Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty
Words Get in the Way by Nan Rossiter (Her new one! Really liked The Gin and Chowder Club)
The Adults by Alison Espach (not sure it’s my thing, but it’s a library check-out, renewed 4 times!)
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
The Savage Garden by Mark Mills (a friend has been begging me to read this)

What I really want to read, but haven’t gotten a copy of as of yet and they are not out yet:

The Twelve by Justin Cronin (he is killing me on FB with all of the mentions and here I sit, waiting)
In One Person by John Irving (requested it on Net Galley and my request sits, not approved, not denied, not anything)

What I really need to read since my daughter ruined my review copy with her bottle of water:

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

This all looks good in writing, but any reader knows that this could all change at the drop of a hat! I am heading to the library to return the 17 books my daughter checked out, and that could mean an entirely new haul for me.  I mean really, how can I avoid the New Books section? It’s just not going to happen. Why even try?

2012 Tournament of Books

2012 Tournament of Books

The list for the 2012 Tournament of Books was just announced on Facebook, although as I type this, I see that their web page has not been updated as of yet.

Anyway, take a look at this list! These books will be dueling it out for the win. I am reading four of them now (good timing on my part) and the rest of them, with the exception of a few, were already on my “want” list.

The 16 Books That Will Compete in the Eighth Annual Battle Royale

To see the full announcement, including the names of the judges, check out this post.

Which ones do you plan to read?

*Books I’ve read or that I am reading now.

Ti’s Top 5 Books of 2011

This has been a great year of reading for me. I’ve been touched by books in numerous ways but when the end of the year comes along, I find myself overly choosy over which ones make my “top” list. This  year, I am only sharing five. These stories are still floating around in my head and they were all read in 2011.

Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
Annabel by Kathleen Winter
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam

I apologize for making this so brief, but my Mac died!! I have another laptop in the house, The Boy’s, but he grumbles every time I get on it. Right now I am at The Hub’s office, using this computer from 1990 and I swear it’s running IE 1.0 (or something close to it).

Happy New Year!! Happy Reading!

Books Reviewed in 2011

This is a list of the books read in 2011. Click on the link to read my review.

1. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
2. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
3. Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
4. Great House by Nicole Krauss
5. C by Tom McCarthy
6. Room by Emma Donoghue
7. Hating Olivia by Mark SaFranko
8. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
9. The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
10. The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo
11. Pit Stops by Michelle Sathe
12. The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein
13. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
14. The Other Life by Ellen Meister
15. You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried by Susannah Gora
16. The Murderer’s Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
17. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
18. The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton
19. The Swan Thieves  (audio) by Elizabeth Kostova
20. The Raising by Laura Kasischke
21. The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer
22. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Water M. Miller
23. The Snowman by Joe Nesbø
24. Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
25. Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
26. Anthem by Ayn Rand
27. The Wikkeling by Steven Arntson
28. Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card
29. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
30. In Stitches by Anthony Youn, M.D.
31. The Gin & Chowder Club by Nan Rossiter
32. The London Train by Tessa Hadley
33. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
34. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
35. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
36. The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
37. The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine
38. Pearl of China by Anchee Min
39. Duma Key by Stephen King
40. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
41. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
42. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd
43. The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott
44. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
45. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
46. Model Home by Eric Puchner
47. Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
48. Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami
49. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
50. Caribou Island by David Vann
51. Child Wonder by Roy Jacobsen
52. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
53. After the Quake: Stories by Haruki Murakami
54. Annabel by Kathleen Winter
55. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
56. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
57. Strangers by Anita Brookner
58. The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
59. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
60. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
61. We the Animals by Justin Torres
62. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
63. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
64. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
65. The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell
66. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
67. The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker
68. Cucina Povera by Pamela Sheldon Johns
69. The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber
70. The House on Tradd Street by Karen White
71. Sunset Park by Paul Auster
72. The Bungalow by Sarah Jio
73. Thirteen Reasons Why (audio) by Jay Asher
74. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
75. The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy
76. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
77. Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam
78. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
79. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
80. After Dark by Haruki Murakami


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