Summer Reading. . .

I polled some friends, did some of my own research and have officially started on my 'summer reading list'. I have already finished two that were recommended to me by some of the 'coffee gals'.

"The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold. Begins with the murder of a 14-year old girl -- then told from her perspective in 'her heaven' as she watches her family deal with the grief and horror of it. A page turner, and you can't put it down, but VERY dark. Just real people dealing with real horror.

"gods in Alabama" by Joshilyn Jackson. It DOES have a great first line, Denise (my friend from Alabama that recommended it to me), but if I put it here, my own filter will keep me from reading my blog! :-) I'll try this: "There are gods in Alabama: Jack Daniel's, high school quarterbacks, trucks, big t*ts, and also Jesus." Good book -- after reading "The Lovely Bones" it was still a bit dark for me. Great ending. More real people and real families.

I can't decide what to start on next -- Tammy is telling me I MUST read the Harry Potter series (I've now officially read 3 pages -- not bad -- but Riley keeps taking it from me). I started in on a book by Carol Higgins Clark - Mary's daughter. Bad, bad, very bad. I've got "The Outlander" that Denise told me about -- some sort of time traveling, bodice busting book she told me about! :-)

So, tell me what you would read this summer if you were going to spend big chunks of time around the pool? And, if you need a book to read, I still say that Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series is HYSTERICAL (they all have numbers in the title -- start w/ 'One for the Money'). Just so much fun.


Verena said...

Hi Sarah,
here is what's on my nightstand, maybe you like some of it for your summer reading:

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

and one that I have already read, but is wonderful is
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Other than that, I don't know yet. But- I doubt I have large chunks of time around the pool :).

We are thinking of getting one of those big above-ground pools for our backyard, we'll see...
We just celebrated Ben's 2nd birthday with your parents, Poppa Max and Mamaw, they just left- we had a great time.

Much love, Verena

Anonymous said...

I just finished SisterChicks on the Loose! It was a good easy going read and I enjoyed it. Of course, I had just finished reading 3 of the Lone Star books for next year so a book with an adult type plot was good. If you have not read any of the Francine Rivers books, mom donated them to the church library ( I think). They are wonderful!! Redeeming Love is my favorite.

Anonymous said...

Hey! I also recommended The Red Tent. This book is fantastic view of Old Testement culture. It starts with the assumption that Jacob worshipped I AM but his women didn't. They continued in idol worship and had little use for I AM.

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I just finished Ya-Yas in Bloom and it had more about the adult kids.

The Secret Life of Bees - GREAT!

Anonymous said...

(There's more-I pushed the wrong button)
The Mermaid Chair also by Sue Monk Kidd Very different from Secret Life

The Virgin Blue story of a famous painting by the same author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring

I'll be reading Huckleberry Finn for my book club and I would love to discuss it with anyone else.

Go forth and read!!! It's very good for your brain

Amy Russell said...

Okay, all your friends recommended books that I have read and liked. The Secret Life of Bees was the one I was going to tell you. My pastor's wife is encouraging me to read Believing God by Beth Moore. One that I really liked this year too is called Running With Scissors. Sidesplitting hilarious, but also pretty sad and morally questionable.

Laura said...


well I've thought about this and came up with 3 books I've read within the past year or so and think that you'll get something out of: 1) Angry Housewives Eating BonBons (not Christian fiction, but meaningful); 2) The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love (trashy, but hilarious-a girl-power book); and 3) To Kill a Mockingbird (a must read for any adult even if you read this as a teenager--takes on a whole new meaning.
I hope you enjoy your summer and that we can meet at the pool someday and chat and catch up. Love, Laura

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