Ultimate Summer Reading Wish List

Summer is just around the corner and I’ve been seeing a lot of Summer Reading ideas floating around the internet. I thought I’d share with you my ultimate summer reading wish list – the books that I don’t own but would most love to curl up on the beach or in the backyard to read this summer.

Suri’s Burn Book by Allie Hagan – I am not-so-secretly hooked on this hysterical blog by Allie Hagan. Like her blog, Hagan’s new book is “told from the harsh yet clever perspective of “Suri Cruise,” Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ five-year-old daughter—and one of the youngest fashionistas in America today. Suri’s snarky and clever wit will cover everything celeb obsessed, from celebrity culture and fashion mistakes to celebs who are annoying pregnant. Also included is Suri’s very best advice and essays on topics ranging from pop culture to politics, accompanied by approximately 100 full-color photos throughout.” This sounds like leisurely silly summer reading at it’s best!

Requiem by Lauren Oliver – book three in the Delirium trilogy, I just finished reading Pandemonium the other day and so I’m now quite anxious to get my hands on book three. Unfortunately the hardcover just came out in March 2013, so frugal momma may have to wait awhile to read this one.

This exciting finale to Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States.Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.”

The Last Word by Lisa Lutz is the latest Izzy Spellman novel. I can always count on Lutz to provide a light hearted, supremely witty novel that always has you rooting for the characters and eagerly reading to figure out the book’s myriad of mysteries.

ISABEL SPELLMAN, PI , is used to being followed, extorted, and questioned—all occupational hazards of working at her family’s firm, Spellman Investigations. Her little sister, Rae, once tailed Izzy for weeks on end to discover the identity of Izzy’s boyfriend. Her mother, Olivia, once blackmailed Izzy with photo­graphic evidence of Prom Night 1994. It seemed that Spellman vigilance would dis­sipate after Izzy was fired for breaching client confidentiality, but then Izzy avenged her dismissal by staging a hostile takeover of the company. She should have known better than to think she could put such she­nanigans behind her. The Last Word is, hands down, the most powerful book in the bestselling, award-nominated Spellman series.”

Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick is another book by a fantastically funny blogger. Dusick’s is one of the must read blogs in my RSS reader – and whether you’ve heard of her blog or not, this book is sure to make you LOL. Mommas, you are going to love this one – husbands, buy this for your wife and then take her on a much needed beach vacation where you will swim in the water with your kiddos while she gets in some reading time. She’ll thank you, for sure.

Of course you love being a parent. But sometimes, it just sucks. I know. I’m Amber Dusick and I started my blog Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures because I needed a place to vent about the funny (and frustrating) day-to-day things that happened to me as a parent. Turns out, poop is hilarious! At least when you’re not the one wiping it up. This book won’t make your frustrating moments any less crappy. But these stories about my Crappy Baby, Crappy Boy and my husband, Crappy Papa, will hopefully make you laugh. Because you’re not alone. And sometimes the crappiest moments make the best memories. Parenting is wonderful! And also, well, you know.”

The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog by Jen Lancaster – You know those authors who have written so many books that you loved so much that you couldn’t stop quoting them to your husband who tried to humor you for the millionth time even though he was trying to read some Stephen King novel and you knew that he didn’t really want to listen to you recite the novel to him, but it was just so freaking hilarious that you couldn’t help yourself? Yeah. That’s Jen Lancaster for me. When she writes a book, I already know I’m going to love it and don’t hesitate to throw it on my wish list. This book is the latest one that I’m coveting almost uncontrollably.

Jen’s still a little rough around the edges. Suffice it to say, she’s no Martha Stewart. And that is exactly why Jen is going to Martha up and live her life according to the advice of America’s overachieving older sister—the woman who turns lemons into lavender-infused lemonade. By immersing herself in Martha’s media empire, Jen will embark on a yearlong quest to take herself, her house, her husband (and maybe even her pets) to the next level—from closet organization to craft making, from party planning to kitchen prep.

Maybe Jen can go four days without giving herself food poisoning if she follows Martha’s dictates on proper storage….Maybe she can grow closer to her girlfriends by taking up their boring-ass hobbies like knitting and sewing.…Maybe she can finally rid her workout clothes of meatball stains by using Martha’s laundry tips.… Maybe she can create a more meaningful anniversary celebration than just getting drunk in the pool with her husband….again. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll discover that the key to happiness does, in fact, lie in Martha’s perfectly arranged cupboards and artfully displayed charcuterie platters. Or maybe not.

The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker – I saw this in Target in one of those “if you loved this book, you’re gonna love this one even more” shelves and I keep meaning to get my hands on a copy to give it a go. It sounds like the perfect book to curl up with in bed after a long day of chasing the kids around the park.

“In the isolated Cape Cod village of Prospect, the Gilly sisters are as different as can be. Jo, a fierce and quiet loner, is devoted to the mysteries of her family’s salt farm, while Claire is popular, pretty, and yearns to flee the salt at any cost. But the Gilly land hides a dark legacy that proves impossible to escape. Although the community half-suspects the Gilly sisters might be witches, it doesn’t stop Whit Turner, the town’s wealthiest bachelor, from forcing his way into their lives. It’s Jo who first steals Whit’s heart, but it is Claire–heartbroken over her high school sweetheart–who marries him.

Years later, estranged from her family, Claire finds herself thrust back onto the farm with the last person she would have chosen: her husband’s pregnant mistress. Suddenly, alliances change, old loves return, and new battle lines are drawn. What the Gilly sisters learn about each other, the land around them, and the power of the salt, will not only change each of their lives forever, it will also alter Gilly history for good.”

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – I know I’m like the last book lover on the planet who hasn’t read this series yet, but it somehow just keeps getting put off. I read about these books again recently and was like “how have I not read this yet???” so, you know, I’d like to.

“It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.

For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.””

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld – Ever since devouring Prep ages ago, I’ve been a big fan of Sittenfeld. His newest book, due out this summer, dips into the paranormal and is very intriguing.

“From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”—innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.
 
Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.”

I could probably add books to this list all night – but these are some of the books that I’m most coveting right now. How about you?

What books would you like to read this summer? Who are some of your favorite, Must Read authors?

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