Summer is the best time of year for me to tackle the stacks, and stacks, and STACKS of books I accumulate all year long. I never really get around to reading all of them, I’m aspirational when it comes to what I think I can get through, but I do end up reading a fair amount of books in the summer. It’s just easier to read when there’s more daylight and hammocks and pool time. At least for me.
I’ve already powered through about 10 books in the last two weeks, reading at day camp pick-ups, swim practice, doctor’s offices, trips to the hospital, and late night sick watch with my daughter. Thank heaven, because the book stacks next to my bed seem to multiply in the night when I’m not watching.
I also have a few stipulations about Summer reading: nothing heavy. Period. I’m not reading Tolstoy next to the pool. The most complicated I want to get is whether Tiffanie should choose Todd the fireman or Chad, her long lost high school boyfriend to help her raise her complicated teenage daughter from a previous relationship.
I mean, I’m kidding, a little. But I’m also serious. No solving energy crises / world peace / philosophizing about the meaning of life during Summer hours. If a book can’t be read in an afternoon, it doesn’t make my reading list.
There’s a new book out from novelist (and New York Times bestselling author) Heather Gudenkauf that fits my strict, *cough* qualifications for a Summer read. It’s not at all the fluff of Tiffany and Todd the fireman, but it’s really good fiction and was a good, thought provoking new read. It covers some seriously heavy hitting topics, so be prepared to buckle in, but it’s really good with a lot of food for thought. You can check out the book reviews for Little Mercies on Goodreads to get a feel for the book, but know it’s a good one, and you should put it on your list.
Here are my favorite picks for the summer. And yes, I routinely re-read my most favorite summer reads every season.
My Top 5 Reads for Summer
- Anything Meg Cabot
- Planting Dandelions by Kyran Pittman
- Bridget Jones Diary Helen Fielding
- What Remains Carole Radziwill
- The Last Summer (of You and Me) Ann Brashares
What are you reading? Seriously, I want to know. I may have 20 books stacked on the floor next to my bed (no, I’m not kidding), but I’m always, always up for some good new book suggestions. What are your summer reading rules, if you have any? DO TELL.
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