Freckles in April: Summer Reading

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Reading

It's officially the first day of summer! If you're in need of a little beach or poolside reading material, here are some of my favs:

1. If you want to be happier:

This one came as a recommendation from Janssen and I am so glad I picked it up. I kept jotting notes on a scrap of paper by my bed, things I wanted to try, tips I needed to remember. It really did help me be happier at home!

2. If you love YA and are ok with awkward crushes on fictional teenage boys:

I reread this one recently in preparation for the movie* (comes out 2 months from today!) and died all over again. The female protagonist is strong, smart and capable (NOT BELLA). Her love interest is snarky and kind of like a goth homeschooled kid (you have to read to see what I mean). The supporting cast is lots of fun. AND! It's a series! If you're the type of person who prefers the story to go on and on, this is a good starting place. There are currently 5 books with another slated to come out in 2014.

*they better not screw up Jace, or SO HELP ME.

3. If you want to be deeply inspired:

I kind of don't know what to even say about this book. The author wrote a memoir and was approached by Hollywood about turning it into a movie. In the process of writing the movie script, he got to "rewrite his story" and his thoughts on being able to rewrite his life and the applications to my own life are...amazing. Just read it, ok?

4. If you love food: 

This book was what I hoped the "Eat" section of Eat, Pray, Love would be. Sumptuous descriptions of food interwoven with funny, heartwarming, fascinating tales from the life of a NY Times food critic (who often went out to eat in disguise!). I ate it up.*

*ha. haha. 

5. If you are a fan of classics and sharp, witty writing: 

I got this book for my brother for Christmas a couple years ago and ended up stealing it right back. If you love the Sherlock Holmes of the movies and BBC (oh, Benedict), you will love him just as much on the page.

What are you summer reading recommendations? Let's hear 'em!

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  1. Ooh, I love summer reading! I actually just put together my own little list for myself, and I'm pretty darn excited about it. Not sure if I'll get through all of it by Labor Day, but I can try. Here's what I've got:

    -"The Princess Bride" by William Goldman (my absolute favorite movie, but I've yet to read the book!)
    -"The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey (planning to read this one with my husband)
    -"Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter
    -"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple
    -"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
    -"Rats Saw God" by Rob Thomas (creator of Veronica Mars!)
    -"The Silver Linings Playbook" by Matthew Quick
    -"Someday, Someday, Maybe" by Lauren Graham (aka Lorelai Gilmore!)
    -"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald (a reread before seeing the movie)

    Um, yeah... that's kind of a lot for me, so we'll see. But I'm excited about all of them! And thanks for your list - I just finished "The Happiness Project" and I felt the same way about that one - so many great tidbits to remember!

  2. My book stack for the beach is GINORM, and I can't wait to get through it. For fiction, I'm most psyched about Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell. If the Twitters are to be trusted, I'm going to like it. For nonfiction, I'm looking forward to finally getting to The Paradox of Choice, by Barry Schwartz.

    I'm reluctant to say this since I haven't finished it yet, but I AM LOVING Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan. I'm about halfway through on audio, and I LOVE IT ALL CAPS. I hope this doesn't come back to bite me later if the ending is disappointing.

    1. I loved Mr. penumbra's. I listened to the audio as well. Made my top book list last year. Also want to read Eleanore and Park.

  3. I love book recommendations and I loved Happier at Home. The rest is going on my "to-be-read" list. Here are a few from me:

    Feel good read: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
    Heartfelt: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    A classic: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    Touching Nonfiction that will make you want to change the world: The Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
    Fascinating Nonfiction: The Glass Castle, and Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

  4. Totally needed this! Thank you! I think I'm going to start with the Happier at Home. :)

  5. PLEASE tell me you read the Infernal Devices books!!! I love those so much more than The Mortal Instruments.

  6. I'm in the middle of Mortal Instruments right now. I like it so far but I have to agree with Erica. Infernal Devices has my heart!

  7. Ummm I'm more than OK with awkward crushes on fictional characters, teenage or otherwise, so....TO THE LIBRARY I GO

  8. I'm already following along on Janssen's book list, and she's reading my suggested book "The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton. I really enjoyed it. I recently read Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. While it is no literary masterpiece, I really enjoyed it. I also loved "Carry on, Warrior" by Glennon Melton. I'm adding "Happier at Home" to my must read list! Should I read "The Happiness Project" first?


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