Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Monday Shopping Trip - Great Summer Reads

So, it's not Monday.  But, in my defense, my father-in-law had surgery due to kidney cancer yesterday.  He is doing great and should come home today.  The doctors are optimistic that they "killed" everything! 

So, let's pretend that I got this posted yesterday!

Today is all about great summer reads.  I am an absolutely voracious reader and love a great book better than almost anything.  You know, those books you just can't put down - even when you should really be doing laundry or dishes since the toddler is in bed!  And, I spend way too much time at my local Goodwill Book Store!  But you can order any of these on Amazon.com.  So in honor of summer and of reading a great book in a beach chair or a porch swing, here are a few that I have read and I few that I want to read - enjoy!

Books I Have Read and Recommend (no particular order)

1.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - still one of my favorites of all time, a legal thriller set in the deep south long before there was a John Grisham

2.  The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - fabulous read for tweens and adults alike

3.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - beautiful, if depressing picture of Afghanistan culture after the Taliban

4.  The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer - yep, I'm a little bit of a vampire nerd

5.  The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver - a fascinating story of a zealous missionary and his family in Africa

6.  The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards - a touching story about lies and forgiveness

7.  The Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz - LOVE these!  Sweet, humble and resourceful Odd can see the dead and always ends up in the middle of big messes.  These have a great spiritual message as well.

Books I Plan on Reading this Summer

1.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - hoping it's as good as The Kite Runner

2.  In The Woods by Tana French - heard her murder-mystery series is really great

3.  The Dive from Clausen's Pier: A Novel by Ann Packet - heard really good things about this one as well - a story about a reluctant fiancee' whose husband-to-be is paralyzed in an accident

4.  The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris - I told you I was a bit of a vampire nerd.  I totally watch the series too!

5.  The Shack by William Paul Young - another one I have heard only good things about - a story about finding God in the midst of our worst nightmare

As always, I am neither affliated with nor compensated by any of the items or websites that are mentioned above. I also do not make any statements as to the quality, workmanship, etc.
They are simply things I like! :)


  1. I highly reccomend you add "The Help" to you list. I recently finished it and i miss the characters. Hope you are well!
    Kristi Rogers Brown

  2. Put "A Reliable Wife" on your list. It is the first book in a long time that every few chapters I actually said out loud "gee, I wasn't expecting that".

  3. Thanks ladies! I read the synopsis for each of these and they are definitely both going on my "must read" list! Thanks!

  4. I like your reads and have most of hte same on my list. If you like vampire, you need to read Tanya Huff's series and A Terrible Beauty by Nancy Baker. Christopher Golden's Of Saints and Shadows (and its sequel) is also great. The Outlander series is a must read, but be warned there are seven long, fantastic books.

    Stopping by from SITS.