Lazy hazy days of reading in your favorite spot.
I’ll admit it, I’m a wimp when it comes to high heat and humidity days – I would rather be reading in a cool room or on a camp porch. Consequently I’ve been going through a lot of books this summer and would like to share some favorites from both past and present. Whether you prefer to read out on the beach, on that breezy camp porch, or curled in your favorite recliner here are some great picks:
South of Broad by Pat Conroy
I just finished Pat Conroy’s new book South of Broad. His books fascinate me with their juxtaposition of horrifying events placed against the polite genteel society of the south. His wonderful poetic prose is a pleasure as he tells the tale of an unlikely group of friends thrown together in their senior year of high school in the south of the late 60′s, and through the next couple decades of their lives.
South of Broad: A Novel
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
I’ve become a great fan of Alice Hoffman. Her touch of magic mixed with humanity make her books unique and fascinating. It was difficult to feature just one, but I think my favorite is still the first one I read. If you saw the movie, read it anyway as it’s much better as a book and does not have the absurd ending the movie has.
The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
This is my guilty pleasure reading. The only redeeming factor is the laughing out loud you’ll do throughout the exploits of New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and her odd assortment of relatives and friends. The first book, One for the Money was given to me as a gift, and it took awhile before I picked it up thinking it wasn’t my style. I’ve been through 15 of them and number 16 is coming up next. Since I’m sure you’ll get addicted as well, I’ve put them in order in my Amazon store to make your next fix easy to find after you finish each one.
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1)
Best Beach Read – Jennifer Weiner Books
I suggest you start with In Her Shoes, but it doesn’t matter what order you read them in. I’ve enjoyed them all.
In Her Shoes: A Novel
Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
The ultimate guilty pleasure – there’s already enough hype about this. Let me just add that I reluctantly read the first one because all my female co-workers were reading them. Yes, I was hooked. These are NOT just for teenagers. I could link the books individually, but let’s face it you’ll want to pick up the second as soon as you finish the first. (And in case you are wondering, I’m on Team Jacob).
The Twilight Saga Collection