Talk to Me Tuesday: Summer Reading

Summer ReadingI love summer and all the wonderful benefits that come with it - paper plate dinners, relaxed schedules, and – thanks to days full of swimming suits and flip flops - significantly less laundry.  Of course, nothing kicks off a relaxing summer like a good read.  Whether I’m heading to the lake with the kids or simply lounging in the backyard - a great book is a summer staple for me.

So for today’s Talk to Me Tuesday post, I’m hoping you’ll pass along your favorite summer reads.  What book have you read lately that you couldn’t put down?  Is there a particular author that you can’t resist?  Is there a book you loved so much that you immediately passed it on to a friend?  I hope you’ll share a few of your favorites as well as a word or two about why you loved them.  I’m heading out on a 20-hour road trip soon so any suggestions for a fabulous, make-the-time-fly-by book would be greatly appreciated.

While we’re on the topic of summer reading, I thought I’d pass along a few of my favorite book sites, in case you’re in the market for a great read yourself:
This clever site is like a literary version of (my favorite recipe site).  It’s a place for you and your friends to get together and rate, share, and review books.  It’s also a perfect spot to set up a virtual book club or join in on a discussion about your latest read.  Simple, easy to use, and totally free.  I highly recommend it.
Wondering what to do with the pile of paperbacks from last summer?  Don’t store them on a shelf, swap them!  SwapTree lets you trade in your old books, movies, games and CDs and use your credit to request new ones.  Whether you use it with the general public or just as a way to exchange books between friends and family, it’s a convenient (and free) way to rotate your collection.
Let’s face it, when you’ve got little kids, finding time to curl up with a good book can be tough.  However, it’s amazing how much ‘reading’ you can squeeze in when you’re listening instead of looking.  Trust me, mundane tasks like laundry and mopping are far less tedious when you’ve got a great audio book to keep you company.  You can listen to the audio books on your laptop or download them to any mp3/iPod device.  It’s not free, but in my opinion, their vast selection, ease of use, and impeccable sound quality make Audible well worth the price.

In addition to your favorite summer reads, if you’ve got other literary sites you love, I hope you’ll share them with the rest of us.  As always, to those of you that comment, thanks – in advance – for passing it on.


  1. The latest “I can’t put this down” book(s) I’ve read are the Twillight series. I loved them! I couldn’t stop reading them and I hear The Host is better. I have a few on my list to read, but since I haven’t read them, I’m not recommending. Have a fun trip!!

  2. Maria, Since you like audio books, if you like mysteries, try the Million Dollar Mysteries series by Mindy Starns Clark. They’re available from our local library. I also like Dee Henderson’s O’Malley Family series (starts with Danger in the Shadows). I haven’t listened to them (I have read them) but saw that our library has them in audio format.

  3. Christi

    The twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and her new book the Host.

  4. Stephenie Meyer’s The Host had me completely riveted. (I haven’t read the Twilight books yet though…) I also just read a book by one of my favorite young adult fiction writers, E.L. Konigsburg. The book was The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place. I had a hard time putting it down too :) (Her book From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is the best though!)

  5. I love anything by Jodi Picoult. They are a little graphic but a great read! I have also read recently The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney….excellent!Another one would be Escape…it is a non-fiction….by Carolyn Jessop….this is the one about one of the wifes that was able to escape the FLDS compound a few years ago. I sure hope you enjoy your summer full of reading!

  6. I really loved “These is my Words” by Nancy Turner. I could not put it down and had gasped 10 times by the 15th page. It is a great romance but also a look in to a fabulous person who experianced a lot. Her second book was ok and I have heard she wrote a third. I am on Good Reads too.
    I just read The Color of Water and thought it was great.

  7. The Girl in the Red Coat by Roma Ligocka will forever be a favorite book of mine. It is an easy read,however it leaves you to think about the german children of World War II. This book takes you through her memories as a child and how survived the aftermath. Truly a great book written like a novel through a child perspective but completely true.

  8. Stephanie Meyer – The Host. I also can’t wait for the 4th Twilight book to come out. Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series was good too.

  9. Autumn

    Twilight series is great. I also love anything by Dean Hughes. His books are historically acurate and definately hard to put down. If you are looking for something audio, try any CD by D. Lund. His, For All Eternity and How to Hug a Teenage Porcupine are both great. The Memory Keepers Daughter and The Glass House are both page turner reads.

  10. Autumn

    Sorry, Its Dr. John Lund.

  11. Brittany

    If you are looking for just a couple of pass-the-time books here are some of my favorite: any of the first 3 Bourne books, Charm School by Nelson DeMille, Lightning by Dean Koontz, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Ender’s Game, The Other Boleyn Girl or The Virgin’s Lover (after you read two of hers, they all feel the same) by Phillipa Gregory, Bridget Jones’ Diary and sequel, oh and this is kind of a youth read, but I’m about to send it out to you anyways, so A Murder for Her Majesty… Books that aren’t light, but interesting: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, and Jennie: The life of Lady Randolph Churchill. As for websites, Google Book Search is pretty rad, you can build your own library and they have pretty extensive previews of TONS of books. Sorry, this was sort of overkill…let’s just say I have about a thousand favorite books, and a LOT of time to kill at work by commenting on other people’s websites!

  12. Hey Maria, this is Kelly Larson here. I love your website and it’s been fun to check up on you and your family. I also just finished The Host, very good. Wade just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns which is amazing and then I read recently Stolen Innocence, the autobiography of that FLDS girl. It was really interesting. Good luck with your long road trip. I’m not jealous.

  13. Beth B.

    Not sure where your taste lie, but here are a few of my favorites:

    Hunting Unicorns – Pollen
    The Penderwicks – Birdsall
    London – Rutherford
    My Sister’s Keeper – Picult
    Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret – Blume
    Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil… – Konisburg
    Phantom Toll Booth – Juster
    The Nanny (or really anything by her) – Nathan
    Hopeless Romantic – Evans
    Wish You Well – Baldacci (is a great 9 hr. audio book!)
    Mary, Martha & Me – Fronk-Olson

    In my stack for this summer’s reading:
    Firefly Lane – Hannah
    Remember Me – Kinsella
    The Love of Her Life – Evans
    Innocent Traitor – Weir (MUCH better than Greggory)
    Julie & Julia – Powell

  14. Alyssa


    Lisa See (she is to Chinese culture what Jane Austin was to the British):
    Peony in Love–enticing beyond description (I found many parallels between her depiction of the Chinese afterlife and our own (LDS) beliefs on the eternities (the improtance of geneology, the journey, etc.) You’ll have to read it and tell me what you think.

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan–a tale of sisterhood and friendship like no other.

    In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez

    Belle Canto, Ann Pachett–tradional mystery wriiten like a classical tale

    The Tipping Point-non fiction, but truly informative and an easy read. A GREAT resource for a marketers mind.

    For a littel more mindless, but equally as entertaining, fun: Anything by Dan Brown (if you haven’t already enjoyed all of his wonderful works).

  15. One new book that just came out from a very dear friend of mine is Polkadot star flowers by Barbara Smith. It is a book about finding complete Joy in everyday life. Highly recommend this book. I have already bought several copies for friends and family.

    Other books maybe not so fun to read but since this is my first summer as a SAHM, I figuired I should brush up on some parenting skills before my kids drive me nutts.

  16. I have been reading Nicholas Sparks book. I just finished reading his newest one “The Choice”.

  17. Hi there! I just came across your blog and I must say it is AMAZING! Thankyou for sharing so many great ideas. I am not organized but want to be badly and you have given me lots of inspiration. :) One book I just finished reading and couldn’t put down is “The lost memoirs of Jane Austen” I can’t remember the author but I’m sure if you searched for it at your library you would find it. If you like Jane Austen this is a MUST read! One more good one is “Patriot Hearts” by Barbara Hambly. It is about the founding mothers of our country. (the wives of some of our first presidents and their experiences.) It is great! I better quit! My post is super long! :)

  18. Love your ideas. Darling blog!!!!

  19. Are you ok? I keep looking for new posts….

  20. Hey great blog, you might be interested in a website i found called Bookarmy. It has great forums and groups that i think you will enjoy. Check it out!

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