Reading is one of my favorite things to do all year long but something about summer reading just moves me, ya know? It's the absolute simple delight.
It's like suddenly it's okay to read the more frivolous, fun, easy reads. In the past summers I've devoured The Devil Wears Prada, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, and it was the start of summertime that I first opened a Harry Potter book (which ushered in the fall season just brilliantly).
In summer, you can read by the pool and feel like you've accomplished something besides sweating in the sun. This is perfect for those of us who can't sit still very easily...like me.
It's July and I've yet to finish a book yet, so time to get a move on:
First on the list is Richard Branson's Losing My Virginity. We are reading this as a staff at work and it's pretty hefty. I'm half-way through and am enjoying the gritty behind-the-scenes of a man who is insane (attempting to hot air balloon across the Atlantic) but also a genius:
"Even then I knew that it is only by being bold that you get anywhere. If you a risk taker, then the art is to protect the downside." - Richard Branson
I'm also half-way through Amy Poehler's Yes, Please , which I can already highly recommend, along with the other books-written-by-funny-and-strong-lady-bosses: Bossy Pants by Tina Fey and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.
Post Amy, I'm diving into Have Courage, Be Kind: The Tale of Cinderella. This is the book that Matty gave me at our wedding. He knows me well for several reasons: 1. He makes me feel like Cinderella 2. I love fairy tale stories and 3. I love illustrations in children's books.
Finally, I'm re-reading of one of my favorites, The Forgotten Garden. Kate Morton is an author I discovered a few summers ago who weaves stories between the past and present, often mysterious family sagas with a punch-gut surprise at the end. Her books are the sort that hook you from beginning to end - exactly what I look for in a summer novel.
And once I'm finished I'm jumping right into Sisterhood Everlasting, in which the Traveling Pants girls reunite 10-years later. I hope they go to Greece again.
What are you reading this summer? Do you have a go-to favorite? Let me know in the comments!