2011 Must-Have Summer Reads
Sitting on my nightstand are books about business, religion, raw food eating, effective people, the sociology of thinking, and the thought and character of William James. I’m knee deep in each of them. Can’t read enough these days.
Remember way back when I asked you all if you had any great book suggestions? Well, holy hannah, did you deliver. There were dozens of comments left with titles of books I’d never even heard of.
I thought I’d compile all of those books and put them together in a simple, printable format for you, since Summer Reading Season is officially here, and I don’t want you left at the beach without something succulent to read.
So, here is a list of the recommendations made by you lovely readers sometime in mid-April. I’ve only read two or three of the books in the list, so if you have any that you particularly adore, I’d love your feedback left in the comments section of this post. Help a neighbor out and tell them which books should be top of their lists! And, if there’s a to-die for book that I don’t have on this list, by all means…tell us! We can’t have the lot of us missing out on something truly delish now, can we?! Happy Reading!
Recipe for Rock-Awesome Summer Reading
The Cheeky Readers have sounded off several weeks about about their favorite books, and I couldn't help but share the list of splendid suggestions. Everything from juvenile fiction to hard-thinking nonfiction is on this list, and I can't wait to delve into the books I haven't read. I added a list of my all-time favorite books, and tried to organize everything else into sensical categories. Since I'm fairly conservative in my book choices (no blood, guts, heinous murder crimes, or red hot moments of bodice-ripping romance, thank you very much), you can read into my suggestions as you wish. Which, as you Princess Bride fans know, "as you wish" means I love you. And you'd better believe, I do. Happy Reading!
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier--Suspensful and deliciously ambient. Addictive reading.
I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith--Romantic and wistful, this book makes me smile.
Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury--Summer reading perfection.
The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson--Don't even get me started on this brilliant work of page-turning historical fiction. Splendid.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
One Day, by David Nicholls
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
THOUGHTFUL & BREATHTAKING
The Book of Flying by Keith Miller
Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
The Alchemist, Paulo Cohelo
NONFICTION YOU NEED
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel H. Pink
The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life, by Jasmin Darznik
Escape from a Polygamist Cult, by Cariolyn Jessop
Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follet
Traveling with Pomegranates, by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kid Taylor
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C. Mann
Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater, by Frank Bruni
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand
The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
Life Is So Good: One Man's Extraordinary Journey through the 20th Century and How he Learned to Read at Age 98, by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat, by Gwen Cooper
MYSTERY & SUSPENSE
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O Novels)by James Church
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
Friday Night Knitting Club, by Kate Jacobs
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch
The Lakeshore Chronicles series by Susan Wiggs
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber
South of Broad by Pat Conroy
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Safe Harbor by Nicholas Sparks
Matched by Ally Condie
A Woman’s Place, by Lynn Austin
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DeCamillo
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones
Daddy Long Legs, by Jean Webster
The Peacegiver, by James L. Ferrell
The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels, by Thomas Cahill
Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life, by Shauna Niequist
Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton)
Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
Indulge. Devour. Enjoy.