The likelihood of finishing 10 books this summer is highly improbable (considering I will have 3 children expecting me to be Julie The Cruise Director for 10 weeks) – however, I do like to give the impression of being an overachiever!
1. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel – I loved Mantel’s Wolf Hall – can’t wait to find out who is beheaded next!
2. Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielsen – a popular blogger who nearly lost her life in a plane crash, this is a book that should remind me that I need to count my blessings daily.
3. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani -- I’ve never read any of this author’s fiction work (best known for her Big Stone Gap series), thought I would start with her most recent book.
4. Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick – because when you complain about the lines at WalMart – author Demick is there to remind you that in North Korea, there is no WalMart. Or food for that matter.
5. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Stewart – this is our Mother/Daughter book club reading choice for the summer. If I don’t read it, my daughter will ban me from our meetings.
6. Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard – because this is leftover from last year’s reading list.
7. A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd – I’m not much of a mystery reader, but this mother/son writing team has created a mystery series that has been on many “if you liked Downton Abbey…then you will like this” lists. That’s enough for me.
8. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte – because I need to read at least one classic.
9. The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey – about the strife of an Irish family prior to WWI – this was recommended to me by a friend. And because it has a pretty cover.
10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – July book club choice – not sure I would have picked it otherwise.
11. BONUS BOOK -- Anything by Jen Lancaster – by summer’s end, I will need something that makes me laugh out loud, because by then, my kids will have taken over the house, my sanity called into question, and I will be running up the white flag of surrender.
What are you reading this summer?