Sunday, September 06, 2009

my summer reading list

we're headed out today to one of my favorite little communities here in Atlanta to attend their annual book fair book.
so thought i'd share a few of the books i read this past summer.

i'm just starting
& i'm totally fired up about this book!!
see the bloom tab on my sidebar if you'd like to join this online book club
chapter one review will begin Sept 13th

also just picked up "The Unexpected Adventure"
& can't wait to dive into it!

When Crickets Cry... hands down my favorite this summer!
warning... definately a tear jerker

patti callahan henry

a local author who i'm hoping i might even spot at the fair.

love everything she does
this one is probably my favorite so far, but all of these were great books & easy reads

& yes, the cover of between the tides-love it

a winner but not as great as Firefly Lane which i've raved on in the past

tried it but knew i couldn't finish

young mom with cancer...too much for me.

& yes i flipped to the ending

but still knew i couldn't do it

will try another since i hear she's a great author

for crying out loud

enough with the vampires & werewolves already

it pains me to tell you that i actually did enjoy twilight

trudged through new moon

but eclipse...over it, didnt' even finish

wanted to give jodi another try

but quickly could tell where this was headed & knew i wasn't going to enjoy the controversy

didn't finish this one either

forgot to upload The Wide Smiles of Girls--have to rate that one fair at best.
here are a few that are waiting on the shelf....

such a stinkin cute cover that i'm certain will be a cutie

is this for teens?

am i in the target audience for this one? we'll see...

next one to read~

have heard great things about this

destined to be a winner

its hard to believe that summer officially closes out this weekend.
earlier this week Savannah was showing me the outfit she planned to wear to school the next day. She told me she just had to get her favorite white pants in the line up one more time.
mom, seriously, surely you know i can't wear white after labor day.
oh the fashion pressures....
enjoy your holiday weekend with family
read a great book
wear white
& please please let me know if there are any books that i must read!


Rachel said...

I might have to add a few of these to mu list!

My must read of the summer is American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld. It was a wonderful fictional biography of a first good!

Anonymous said...

Add Summer House by Nancy Thayer to your list and The Girls From Ames. Both great. I am now reading The Wide Smiles of Girls that I saw on your blog a couple weeks ago. I love it!

Kasey said...

loved the potato peel society...and i hear it's going to be a movie.
thanks for your sweet words paige!

Anonymous said...

Reading Firefly Lane right now ~ half way through and am having trouble putting it down. Also add to the list three of my favourites - "The Beautiful Ache" by Leigh McLeroy, "There is a Season" by Patrick Lane and "A Rhinestone Button" by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Anonymous said...

Forgot to add the other book by eigh McLeroy, "The Sacred Ordinary: Embracing the Holy in the Everyday" ~ amazing book


Amanda said...

I have read about half of the books you posted about! I must say though, I'm a pretty big Jodi Picoult fan......but I LOVED Crazy Love! Enjoy!

carolyn peeler said...

Thanks for the reviews Paige.
I always love reading and will have to add a few of these to my request list at the library.

Hope all is well with your family

melissa said...

Paige - you know what a reader I am!
I have read & loved all of Charles Martin's books.
I think Flyfire Lane and Crazy Love are next up for me (I am currently reading That Old Cape Magic, which isn't doing it for me!)
I gave up on J. Picoult's books a few years back - just not for me, or the Eclipse series.
Loved Sweet Potato Society and Olive K was good too.

Lissa said...

Now I feel like a loser.... I'm still trying to finish that beachy book I posted about over a month ago...

But i still enjoy reading it when I find the time!!

Happy fall!

Anonymous said...

Some of my recent favorites - School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.

Cynthia's Botanical Arts said...

Last time you did this, I wrote down your favorites, and checked them out. They were wonderful. Thanks for the list (again!) . I can't wait to add them to my pile. Thoroughly enjoy your blog!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Thanks for all the new book ideas. I'll have to copy this list. I'm in the middle of "The Shack". Have you read that?? I can't get into it at all. Everyone says how good it is and I'm just scratching my head. I have to make myself read it.

Thanks too for your sweet comments this week. I just love hearing from you!

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

I just purchased Crazy love today from Amazon~ if I am able to get it and read chapter 1 by the 13th I will join in the discussion!

Have a blessed week,


julie said...

hey paige! wow! you are a lover of books! me, not so much but i did sign up for bloom! ha! gotta go get my book! i am also starting my fall bible study! so two books at one time? i am not sure! but i have to try!

debra said...

I am reading Twilight now and have had a hard time getting into it. I think I'm finally there but am not sure yet. I just got 'A summer affair' by Elin Hilderbrand. I will start it after Twilight. I have heard she is a good author.

I saw someone mentioned 'The Girls from Ames' - I read it earlier this summer and it's really good.

Blushing hostess said...

I have been meaning to read Between the Tides, these toddlers just will not let me :)

Jboo said...

Love getting your book list -- am going to have to check some of those out! Am currently reading an Elizabeth Berg book and it's keeping me up at night, wanting to finish it.

I wore white pants the other day just so that I could get them in once more before Labor Day too! :)
Have a great week!

Kristin said...

I see this and think...oh my goodness I have so much reading to do! Love that you take the time to read and share with us all.

Happy, wonderful week to you my friend.
xoxoxoxxoxo and many smiles.

Haven and Home said...

I am looking for a new book, which one to choose?

Suzanne said...

Paige, You make me want to curl up on the couch and read, read, read. Thank you!

Clare said...

i've read a bunch of the books on your list, so great!! i just picked up the time travelers wife today, i will let you know if it is good!

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

I want to read Crazy Love!

Anne Marie said...

have you ever read anything by Kathy Wick?

I think you'd like her considering your selections......

Tracey said...

Well sweetie you've been very busy this summer just reading away! I could so use a good recommendation on a book. The last 2 that I attempted to read were such duds that I haven't been back for another book in months! I'll give some of these a try, especially the ones with pretty covers :)


Jeanneoli said... did some serious reading!!! I just picked up Crazy Love and I can't wait to start the study. Thanks for the suggestions.

Sharla said...

Thanks for sharing - I'm currently reading "True Colors" because I loved Firefly Lane so much. And I have read Barefoot Summer. I am definitely adding some of these to my "fall" reading list!

littlebyrd said...

Oh man, I loved Firefly Lane and Barefoot. Did you read the Beach Club by Elin Hilderbrand yet? I loved that one too. I just finished the Middle Place and loved that.

stacey said...

I'm brand new to blogging, but I've been reading yours for a little while.. what an inspiration! Love it!

I had to say, Crazy Love is one of the best books I've ever read! Very convicting and heart changing.

Also, I'm sad you haven't liked Jodi Picoult - she's one of my favorites! Some books ARE kind of dark though, and Change of Heart was one of them. Personal favorite: Nineteen Minutes.

Nancy said...

Twilight... ok. New Moon... losing interest. Eclipse.... loved it. The middle to the end is the best part and will get you re-hooked. Thanks for the new reading tips. I need to expand my horizons past vampires! :)

betty in nc said...

I always love your book lists!!!
I have read "Pretty in Plaid" and I'll admit that I bought it for the cover. (how pathetic) But I laughed outloud as I read it.
I felt like she was channeling parts of my childhood and it made me laugh. Nothing to stretch my mind or make me grow as a person but for a fun, easy read, I'd highly recommend it when you need a laugh.
I can't wait to go out and try some of your other suggestions.
betty in nc

Jen R. said...

I always need a good read Too!

traci said...

great list. i love reading so i wrote some of these down. already read some of them. loved, loved, loved firefly lane.

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

Love all these cover shots..., and some of the titles too, that alone is inspiring!