Feast or Famine

It’s feast or famine with me lately where reading is concerned.  Every spare moment in the last few weeks has been spent writing for my blog, Perfect Mamas blog or my book.  It’s sort of ironic as the one thing a writer needs to do other than write is read.  But I decided to change that on Sunday and read Something Borrowed (See all Literature & Fiction Books); by Emily Giffin. I heard her speak in Atlanta and she was fantastic.  The book was a great summer read and I picked up the second one, Something Blue (See all Contemporary Literature)
, at Kroger yesterday.  And all of the sudden I have a huge summer reading list for my book clubs and for pleasure.  So I have decided to share it with you…..

Swamplandia! (See all Contemporary Literature) This book is by Karen Russell. She wrote one of the best short stories I have ever read, Haunting Olivia. Her descriptions are amazing and she is a “cartographer of imaginary places.” I heard Karen Russell speak in May and she her speech was as poetic as her fiction. I cannot wait to read Swamplandia.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (See all Biographies & Memoirs), Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel and Shantaram: A Novel (See all Literary Books) are my summer book club reads. Shantaram has been recommended by several people and Justin is reading it now and says it may be one of the best books he has ever read.

I am hoping The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers (See all Teenagers Books) will help me navigate the preteen and teen waters. Judging from the number of eye rolls I get every day I had better get reading!

I want to read One Day (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries) before it turns into a movie. The reviews have been awesome.

The reviews of Maine are fantastic as well. I love everything about Maine and will hopefully be transported there very literally while I laze about in the South.

My list is longer but my summer keeps getting shorter so I will have to stop there. Since it took my about three hours to type this short post because three little people are trying to paint in the other room, I am not sure I should put any other books on my list unless I feel a bout of insomnia coming on.

A little e-reader tip – I download sample chapters of all of my TBR books so I don’t forget about them.

Anything good on your list?

4 comments on “Feast or Famine

  1. Vikki on said:

    Have you read The Paris Wife? Just downloaded it on Kindle. I’ve been looking at it for awhile and haven’t talked to anyone who has read it but just reading reviews makes me think I may enjoy it.

  2. Heather B. on said:

    I just picked up The Happiness Project at Anthopologie. The writer spends a year making changes in her life to see if it affects her overall happiness. Sounded like a worthwhile read, but I’ll let you know!

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