My Summer Reading List 2013

I thought it would be fun for us to share what is on our bookshelves for this summer's reading!  This blog has been ALL about knitting lately, and it turns out I do other things too... I swear!

I've been on a reading/listening kick lately.... my brain just needs time to "come" down from the days excitement before I pass out.

On my Shelf:
Just Finished:
  • Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
      (oh my, there aren't really words... this book moved me)
  • Everyone Leaves by Wendy Guerra
      (poetic, and sad, even tragic... but I just kept reading!)
  • Beautiful Creatures by Garcia and Stohl 
      (don't judge me, the teen and I were doing a comparative literature study between this and Twilight..... or that's my justification anways)
So, what are reading/listening to this summer??????  I'd love to add some more books to my list!


  1. LOVED The Forgotten Garden! The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours (both also by Kate Morton are FANTASTIC as well). I'm working through the Cast On, Bind Off book by Cap Sease as well this summer. I'm looking forward to reading The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball and trying to find some new authors now that I've exhausted the complete works of all of my recent favorites, haha.

    1. Oh, I'll have to add the farming book and other Kate Morton's to my list!

  2. What did you think of Beautiful Creatures? I didn't love it and liked the movie even less.

    1. Oh, I didn't love it... and skipped the movie altogether, but it did entertain me! I read it after Mornings in Jenin and needed a book that wouldn't keep me up at night pondering humanity and it's foibles... it definitely fit the bill!

  3. I just finished Call the Midwife, a memoir by a woman who was a midwife in London's East End in the 1950s. Very good. I also liked Paris in Love by Eloisa James, memoir of a professor's sabbatical year in Paris with her husband and teen sin and daughter.

    1. I just finished the BBC series, didn't realize it was a book first! Paris in Love sounds great, though maybe a bit more spicy if it was about teen sin? Too bad : )!

  4. I've enjoyed all of the above this spring. Summer Non-Fiction:
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
    Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
    Death in the Baltic: WWII Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff by Cathryn Prince
    Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill
    Good Prose: The Art of Non-Fiction by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd
    The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard
    Gulp by Mary Roach

    After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story by Michael Hainey
    Her by Christa Parravani
    Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neurochemist Examines his Former Life on Drugs by Marc Lewis
    My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
    With or Without You by Domenica Ruta
    The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne (out in July)
    Fiction and short stories:
    Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
    And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
    Damage Control by Amber Dermot
    Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
    The Sun by Philipp Meyer
    Tenth of December by George Saunder
    and The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kittredge)

  5. Just downloaded free Season of the Harvest. Thanks, Laura. Looking forward to reading some books on your list. Right now I'm reading Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah. I love her writing.

    Barbara (couldn't remember G mail password)

  6. The Lost Garden by Helen Humphrey is my favorite book ever. Except for maybe Leaving Earth. Oh, and Afterimage. Now I can't wait to check out The Forgotten Garden. I so love new books to find.

  7. I love lists! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I'm reading Sherlock Holmes!

    I hope you enjoy the Dresden Files! I love those books. :)

  9. Recently finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. LOVED it! (she knits, too!) Currently reading The Honey Thief by Najaf Mazari, a collection of folk stories from Afghanistan. It has been really interesting so far...funny, educational, horrific, and sweet. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese is up next. I read the first chapter and was hooked.

    Forgotten Garden was great! Hope you enjoy the rest of your list.

    1. Ack, LOVED Night Circus! Honey Thief sounds great too!

  10. I'm currently re-reading Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge, which is a graphic novel about a teenage artist. It's AMAZING! I highly recommend it to teens and adults alike.

    1. That sounds great Clio! I'll have to get it for both Bella and I to read!

  11. For a great series, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. The series is 7 books and each book is quite long but you're hooked from the minute you start and can't wait to find out what happens next. I actually listen to them as audio books (and highly recommend doing it that way) because the narrator does a great job with the Scottish and English accents, pronouncing Gaelic when it comes up, and just has a beautiful voice. I'm currently listening to the last book in the series, 6 hours left and I am still on the edge of my seat. It's one of those series where you will sit in your car in the driveway/garage (engine off for safety!) when you get home because you can't just stop right in the middle of the action!The books are available at the Audible website; I got the first 5 by checking the audio books out from my local library.


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