Summer is upon us! It is still technically spring, but kids are now out of school, pools are open, and we had our first trip to the beach of the season on Monday. It’s time for summer reading! A couple of months ago I volunteered to teach summer school. Seriously, what was I thinking? I’m already kicking myself. I won’t have as much time as I’d like to devote to reading and relaxing – but plan on making an effort to keep up with summer reading. I’ve already worked up quite a list of books to read by the pool!
Here are just a few of the books I’m looking forward to reading this summer
Joshua Ferris is back, after taking a break following the publication of his last book The Unnamed. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (which by the way perfectly describes my life right now – waiting for the day my daughter no longer feels the need to wake before the sun) was just released this month and is definitely on my to – read list. Ferris has a gift for wit, understated humor, and observation. This latest work follows the seemingly mundane life of a dentist whose life is changed by an online encounter.
I just picked up Midnight Crossroad at the library today. As a huge fan of True Blood, I’m interested in Charlaine Harris’s new work. Even though the last couple of books in the Sookie Stackhouse series weren’t as good as some of the first books, I’m still looking forward to Midnight Crossroad. Harris has made a move from Louisiana to Texas, in an old western town. Beginning in this mysterious old town, this is set to be a trilogy.
I’m excited to read The Tastemakers, by David Sax. The subtitle to this book is Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up With Fondue. It examines tastes, food fads, and health food crazes. As a food writer Sax has the inside scoop on food trends, and this examines some of the most popular ones. I remember not too long ago reading that cupcakes were out and macaroons were in. That’s one food trend I won’t be following – cupcakes will always be my #1!!
Another book with food at its core, Delicious was written by Ruth Reichl. It’s a work of fiction about a young foodie who lands a job at a magazine called Delicious. Reichl is a former food writer, and once worked as a restaurant critic for the New York Times. This is his first work of fiction. Her former newspaper employer gave her a great review, other reviewers have not been so kind. I’m going to read it anyway!!
Last summer one of the best books I read was Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan, one of my favorite comedians. Not only did I LOL, I actually laughed so hard I cried in some parts. This book has a lot to live up to! Comedian Adam Corolla is out with a new book called President Me. What would happen if Mr Corolla were president? It might be fun, but I don’t think I’d want to find out!
I’m looking forward to reading all of these books – and some time at the beach! What’s on your to-read list this summer??