Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Reading List

I realize we are way into summer already, but I wanted to share a few books I'll be reading in the months to come. Sadly, it doesn't look like I'll be spending much time on the beach in my beloved Destin, Florida, but I have a baby pool in my front yard that does the trick will suffice to stave off the summer heat. Click on the book covers to get to their listings on Amazon for more details.What are you reading this summer? Anything I'm missing out on?

Recently, someone asked me what particular date in 2010 I was looking forward to the most, and the very first thing to pop in my head was August 24th, when Mockingjay is released. A little sad, I know, but geez it's going to be good. This is the third and final book in what is quickly becoming my favorite YA series I've read since Harry Potter.  Read my take on this series here.

I really enjoyed Shiver, the first book in this series. It's a twist on the teenage werewolf story, but Stiefvater's writing is truly beautiful and evocative with brilliant imagery (I literally shiver just thinking about parts of it), and the story simply broke my heart. I'm very much looking forward to this follow-up.

Laurie Notaru made a name for herself writing hilarious memoirs, and this is her first try at fiction, and in the magical realism genre (my personal favorite), no less. Author Jen Lancaster (whose blog is one of the funniest things I've ever read, by the way) got me excited about this one.

I've read and adored all of Joshilyn's books, beginning with gods in Alabama, which remains on my list of all-time favorites. She writes smart, funny, and realistic Southern fiction that you can't put down. So naturally I'm thrilled that her latest is finally in print, right in time for the summer. I've had the privilege to meet Joshilyn on several occasions when she came into the bookstore at which I previously worked for signings, and she's just a hoot. Hootenanny.

From Booklist: Scotch creates eminently relatable characters, with a particularly excellent understanding of the way sisters interact, and has the ability to craft scenes of real emotional weight, so much so that none of her flash-forwards or hocus-pocus is necessary." This is another one recommended by Lancaster, but also which I've seen on several book blogs I read, as well as reviewed (positively) in People and Cosmopolitan's summer reading recommendations. Should be a good one, and as someone extremely close to my sister and almost obsessed with the study of sibling dynamics, I'm finding that particular aspect incredibly interesting. 

This is one I've been resisting (I tend to shy away from books that warn you of their sad stories from the get-go), but I'm a sucker for a coming-of-age story, and again with the magical realism. The premise of this story centers on a woman who learns at a very young age that when eating, she can literally sense the emotions of whoever was preparing her food. And her mother's lemon cake was particularly sad. I'm intrigued. Plus I'm seeing raves about it everywhere. It's haunting me.

I've wanted to delve into this book for years. The poor thing has sat on my shelf neglected, and this summer, I'm going to read it. Sarah Addison Allen's books rank among my favorites. I've loved everything she's written so far. Like Joshilyn Jackson, she writes good Southern fiction, and sweet love stories, but always gives her characters a magical twist. A ghost in the closet here, a man who can sense a cake being baked from miles away there... I'm excited to know what she threw into her debut novel.

My friend Laurel literally greeted me with "Stop what you're doing and READ THIS NOW!!!!" last weekend. She made me laugh out loud saying there was a moment in the book in which she was so upset/overwhelmed, she literally threw the book across the room... and had to force herself just to go to sleep. The back cover teases you with, "Once you have read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens. The magic is in how the story unfolds." And she agreed with that statement. All you know is it is about two women whose lives collide one fateful day. And I am officially curious.

1 comment:

Anna Blumenfeld said...

Great more books to buy. Thanks alot! :-) PS - Love the blog