These are some of the books I have read this summer, or am planning to read. I love to have a good book going at all times. Finding that book can be both challenging and alluring. To discover a story that speaks to you, that takes you into another world, with the opportunity to befriend new characters, is a delight like no other.
My favorite places to find new books are book fairs and used bookstores. I especially love used book stores that are associated with libraries, as the prices are extremely affordable ($1 - $4).
I love to get recommendations from librarians or bookstore clerks, plus one dear friend in particular who passes along the most wonderful stories. I have found, much like as with food, we all have a certain appetite for the kind of story that we seek out.
For some reason, I am drawn to female authors. I also love female protagonists. I don't exclusively read novels and memoirs that have them, but it is certainly a pattern.
I was in a library bookstore recently and asked the volunteer if she had any good recommendations to pass along. Surprisingly, she said, "My husband is the reader, he can immerse himself in a book. I'm the doer, I like to get things done around the house!"
As visions of our renovation came to mind (in leaping bounds) I found myself responding with, "I know, I have so much to do...It's true, there are so many things that don't get done due to reading."
But I suppose, ultimately, that's the point. Reading is the only thing that truly quiets me (I mostly read after our littles are asleep) and lets me sit in absolute stillness.
It is a luxury to sit down and delve into a novel or memoir of your choosing. It is a treat I indulge in, with some apology, but for the most part, I enjoy it too much to ever question it's degree of 'doing."
Here's are some of the other authors and stories I've read this summer:
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Euphoria by Lily King
Spilling the Beans (memoir) by Clarissa Dickson Right
Black and Blue by Anna Quindlan
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Good Harbor by Anita Diamant
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Are You Somebody (memoir) by Nuala O' Faolain
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
To School Through the Fields (memoir) by Alice Taylor
Tinkers by Paul Harding
Mary Cassatt (biography) by Georgette Gouveia
Please, if you have any good books to recommend, please share!