Meet the Sullivans: My Summer Reading List

June 18, 2013

My Summer Reading List

Now that I'm all done with The Great Gatsby...

One of the most thrilling things for me about finishing a new book is the excitement of getting to chose what to read next. I've been collecting new book ideas in my Good Reads list of To-Read books for a few months now and I'm so excited to read all of these soon. I know I would be lucky if I finished even three on these this summer, much less all eight of them, and I don't have a plan for what order I'm going to read them in. I like to pick my next books based on what I'm in the mood for, and I'll never know what that'll be. 

The Happiness Project - I have heard great things about this book from so many people and I actually won a copy of it on another blog. I usually read on my Kindle, so it will be kind of fun to read the old fashioned way with a real book in my hands.

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey - I really enjoy the show Downton Abbey, so I think this would be a really fun read for me. I like period pieces, and hearing about how things were way back when. And I first spotted it at Costco, which usually means it's good or popular.

Sparkly Green Earrings - Written by blogger Melanie Shankle aka Big Mama. The book is coined a "quirky memoir of motherhood", and I actually read a few pages before some friends and I decided to start The Great Gatsby, and it is really good! I can't wait to read more.

Bringing Up Bébé - Again, I have heard about this book from a lot of people. It seems like I might be the last person to read it. A complete stranger at Barnes & Noble saw me holding it in my stack of books while we both watched out kids play with the train table and she gave it a very very high recommendation. 

The Kitchen House - You know what I love about Good Reads? I can see what books other people have read / are reading / want to read and let it influence my "what's next" dilemma. Like this book I saw on my mom's cousin Wendy's profile (if you're reading this: Hi, Wendy!). I would have never picked it up in a book store because it doesn't look like a book I would usually pick, and there is really nothing interesting about the title, but because it was on her profile I clicked through to read the description.  

Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun - Do you watch The Chew on ABC? I watched it daily when Owen was first born and nursing kept me confined to one seat for at least 30 minutes at a time. Now if it's on when I turn on the television I'll listen while I get other things done. I enjoy a good cooking show and came to really like Daphne Oz. I've flipped through some of the recipes and I can't wait to give them a try and read the rest of the book. 

The Storyteller - I've read a few of Jodi Picoult's other books and they never disappoint. They always keep me wanting to read, read, read until I'm done.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald - I started this book after reading The Paris Wife, but then moved on to Gatsby instead. (You can tell I was indecisive about what to read, huh?) I know that I definitely want to know more about this Zelda-- she is so eccentric! 

So I'm not even going to say that I'll stick to this list. I might even read something else that's not on the list. What are you reading right now? What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations?


Dawn said...

Thanks for the list! I'm always looking for good reads! Will check some of these out! :) I always have a hard time deciding what to start next! :)

Julie Rogers said...

Reading The Storyteller right now. I have such a list of books to read (and you added even more), I'm not even sure what to read next! I just read Sparkly Green Earrings, good book and a quick read! I want to read the next book after Devil Wears Prada---I can't remember the name but I think that's next in line!