Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Summer Reading Ideas (copy)

Summertime is right around the corner, and you know what that means--summer reading! As last year, I would like to provide you with a shopping list of new books, ready for the beach, front porch, or lazy hammock.

Hilma Wolitzer’s new novel, Summer Reading, is the perfect start to a long, hot summer. Library Journal says, “It's a lazy summer in the Hamptons, and earnest Angela hopes to convince her book group that reading Flaubert and Bronte really will make a difference.” And guess what, the book comes complete, with its own reading group guide.

David Baldacci new book, Simple Genius, places Secret Agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell at odds as they move through this Washington, D.C. thriller.

Hey, Girls! Zane’s new title, Dear G-Spot, contains real letters to the author with naughty Dear Abby answers.

Booklist has this to say about A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, “Unimaginably tragic…second novel is a sad and beautiful testament to both Afghani suffering and strength. Readers who lost themselves in The Kite Runner will not want to miss this unforgettable follow-up.”

Barbara Kingsolver spends a year eating local, home-grown food in her new non-fiction, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Publisher’s Weekly claims, “Local food—in the growing, buying, cooking, eating and the telling—demands teamwork.” Kingsolver provides the prose, hubby Hopp provides the technique, and daughter Camille provides the recipes in this group effort.

Need help with that swing? Two golf books promise a taste for the greens: Tales from the Q School by John Feinstein and Alice Cooper, Golf Monster by the aged rocker.

Bring Baywatch’s David Hasselhoff to the shore, via his autobiography, Making Waves.

Finally, run, don’t walk, to the library and sign-up for these sure-fire bestsellers: Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich, The Overlook by Michael Connelly, The Good Guy by Dean Koontz, Bungalow 2 by Danielle Steel, and James Paterson’s The Quickie and The 6th Target.

Happy Reading!


~Becky said...

Summer Reading sounds good, I wrote it down.
Do you know of any other Summer Book Challenges going on? I've been looking around and can't find any..yet.

Debi said...

I sure wish I could find that fountain of youth...there's just too many books to read in one lifetime (or two lifetimes...or three lifetimes...or...). Though I am pretty sure I could weed out Alice Cooper's golf book and David Hasselhoff's autobiography (but that's just me).

Mo said...

Thanks for all the suggestions! Ya know, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" looks like a good reason to give Kingsolver a try - which, I've been meaning to do, anyway!

maggie moran said...

Hi Fond of Books! The Summer Mystery Challenge is hosted by a mystery reviewer named Liz. That is the only one I know of? Her site is

What no golfing with the Coopster or swimming with the Hoffman, Debi? ;)

Mo, I love her Poisonwood Bible. I spent one hot, lazy summer stuck to my plastic yard chair, out on the porch, reading this one. :)

Diane said...

I'm listening to Simple Genius in my car! My first Baldacci, and I am enjoying it

Diane said...

mo - check out her Prodigal Summer, too