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My Summer Reading List

For those of you who were wondering, I am still reading.

Granted, not to the same (crazy) extent as last year. I have decided not to read 52 books in one year again, because let’s be honest-

Plus, I want to take the time to enjoy what I’m reading a bit more.

Currently my total is hovering somewhere around 15, and I’m totally ok with that- because you know what they say….

But with summer now in full swing, I figured it was time to pick up some new reads. Specifically, light, fun ones- perfect for laying on the beach or lounging by the pool (or, in my case, sitting in my air conditioned condo and crowded office food court. Man I need a vacation).

So I ordered a few gems from Amazon- and since I have nothing better to do besides sit on my front steps and wait patiently until they arrive, I thought I’d share my summer reading list with all of you guys.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub 

When a Manhattan family sets out on a two week summer vacation to the beautiful island of Mallorca, what could possibly go wrong?

….Infidelity, heartbreak, delusion and scandal, that’s what!

Billed as a fluffy summer read made substantial by the “exceptional wit, insight, intelligence and talents of its author”, I can’t wait to crack into this puppy .

I am Having So much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum

A “reverse love story” set in London and Paris, I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You tells the tale of Richard, a 34-year-old British artist trying to win his wife back after a brief “ellipsis” with an American mistress.

Still, I’m excited to watch him try.

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill

19-year-old twins Nicholas and Nouschka Tremblay are the offspring of Quebec folk singer, and notorious playboy, Etienne Tremblay. They spent their childhood in the public eye; simultaneously performing with him and being abandoned by him. Now they are grown up and making their own mistakes on the streets of referendum-era Montreal – all of which ending up in the French Canadian tabloid Allo Police.

It’s a coming-of-age tale with a hefty dose of family drama (which sounds pretty much like my own life) so I’m excited to check it out

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

At twenty-three, a starry-eyed Joanna Rakoff moves to New York with dreams of becoming a writer. Instead, she winds up in a crappy Williamsburg apartment with a job as assistant to the literary agent for J.D. Salinger. Her task is to answer Salinger’s endless amount of fan-mail with a stock response. As she gets into it, however, she becomes inspired and starts crafting her own replies.

It’s a memoir about literary New York in the late 90’s, and the coming-of-age tale of a now successful writer.

Maybe I’ll be inspired? Naah. I’ll probably just sit on the couch and watch more Extreme Weight Loss. 

Question of the Day: What’s on your summer reading list?

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6 thoughts on “My Summer Reading List

  1. I’m going to cheer on that British artist bloke for no other reason than I’m British and a bloke. I think I’ll boo and hiss at anything the French-Canadian characters will be doing for no other reason than I’m a daft racist.

    I don’t really have a summer reading list as such but no doubt there’ll be lots of thrilling non-fiction stuff being downloaded onto my Kindle over the coming months. Social history is jolly spiffing stuff.

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  2. I have small piles through the house, so I’m not going to call it my “summer reading” but my “get around to it this summer reading.” I have Aunt Julia and the Script Writer on deck as well as Arthur & George by Julian Barnes. Summer’s also a good time to read the last Frank Bascombe book by Richard Ford, The Lay of the Land. None of these are new, but then neither am I.

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  3. You probably already read this but Where did you go Bernadette was a fun read and nice for summer. Im currently reading Thin, Rich and Pretty – which is actually really cute and those are essentially my goals so figured maybe it was like a self-help book.

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    • I haven’t read it but was wondering if it was good! I’ll check it out. I also want to be all three of those things so your second book sounds like a good pick for me as well lol

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  4. You have excellent taste, BreezyK. Most of these books are on my to read list. Especially the Salinger one because I am a total geek. Just picked up The Rosie Project at Target because I had a coupon. That’s going to be one of my beach reads. Can’t wait to hear your reviews.

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