Top Summer Reads to Help You Escape
I read every day. You could say, “Well, you’re a writer! Shouldn’t you read every day?” and I wouldn’t argue that with you at all. However, I would counter that I don’t read for enjoyment very often anymore. More often than not I’m reading for work, or a client. I don’t get many opportunities to grab a good book and dive in.
The last book I read was by Jodi Picoult. In fact, the last FIVE books I’ve read were probably by Jodi Picoult. I’m a bit of Jodi Picoult fanatic and you can blame my sister for that. However, I’m trying to branch out and read other authors.
No really I am.
One of the things I want to do this summer is read more for pleasure. I would love to be able to read to escape. Besides, a little escapism never hurt anyone, right?
When it comes to my reading tastes though, I’m pretty choosey. I don’t do science fiction, romance, I like to file those under “stuff that never happens to me ever”, and I’m not a fan of murder mysteries either. So that leaves a good old fashioned novel. A drama. The best kinds of dramas for me are ones that are told from different angles, the characters each have something that sucks me in and makes me love or hate them (but not enough that I can’t finish the book). To me a good book leaves me emotionally drained, as if the story was happening to me.
With that in mind, here’s what sitting on my night stand, waiting to be read this summer:
"Barefoot" by Elin Hilderbrand – This came to me from my sister (who as far as I’m concerned has never steered me wrong in reading selections).
"Love Walked In" by Maris De Los Santos – It’s a story of friendship and love; but not just the stuff-that-never-happens-to-me-ever kind.
"Digging to America" by Anne Tyler – Next to Jodi Picoult I have read nearly every book she’s written and never been disappointed.
"The Girl Who Stopped Swimming" by Joshilyn Jackson – I love a title that makes me think, “Now what the heck does that mean?”
"The Last Summer (of You and Me)" by Ann Brashares – Recognize the author’s name? Ann wrote the wildly popular Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series (and yes, I read them. Sent to me once again by my amazing sister).
"The Lift" by Kelly Corrigan - A look at the excerpt has me reeling. It's like Kelly has crawled into my head. In less than a minute I had tears in my eyes.
"Change of Heart" by Jodi Picoult – I have a feeling this book is going to bring me to tears too. Without giving too much away part of this story’s plot involves a situation that is very dear to my own heart.
"House Rules" by Jodi Picoult – This is Jodi’s latest book and it’s been on my hot list since I heard it was released. A must read for me this summer.
So there you have it, my list of summer reads. You really didn’t think I’d give you a reading list without throwing my favorite author in the mix did you? My list is actually much longer than this but I’m trying to pace myself.
Not all of these selections are new releases so if you have read them, do me a favor and don't tell me how any of them end. I don't want to know!
Of course if the book is really good, you will find me reading from start to finish with only a bathroom break (or two) to stop me.
Here are just a few selections that have kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning (and in some cases, into the afternoon):
"The Year of Fog" by Michelle Richmond
"Comeback" by Mia and Claire Fontaine (a true mother/daughter story)
"The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold
"Me and Emma" by Elizabeth Flock
What good reads are waiting on your night stand? If you've read any of my past favorites, what did you like or not like about them?