Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Summertime, and the Reading Was (Mostly) Good!

Reading is one of my favorite things to do in the summertime. I love it year-round, but usually I do the most reading in the summer. It feels great to relax and laze around with a book on warm summer days and nights. These are the books I read this summer, in order from my most favorite to least, with a brief commentary on each.

1. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (I LOVED it, and I can't wait to see the movie when it comes out next year.)

2. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (I neglected my children because I couldn't put it down.)

3. These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901, Arizona Territories by Nancy Turner (I don't like the title but the book itself is very good.)

4. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (Her stories are magical, sweet, and mysterious. I read one every summer!)

5. The House on Oyster Creek by Heidi Jon Schmidt (I liked that it's set on Cape Cod, and for once features a couple in love who shouldn't be who make a responsible choice about it.)

6. Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin (Great inside-look at a marriage.)

7. A Modest Proposal by Michele Ashman Bell (Well-written LDS chick-lit and I liked that it was set in Manhattan.)

8. The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn (Her ghost stories are written for kids but I still enjoy them as an adult!)

9. A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson (Not the best writing; the main character got on my nerves; melodramatic and unrealistic; but good historical fiction and I liked the ballet parts.)

10. Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Depressing, dark, disappointing.)

11. Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand (Horrible, dirty, pointless story; I felt like my mind needed a cleansing shower after reading this crappy book! I won't be reading this author again.)

Overall, despite those last two, it was a good summer when it came to the reading. If you like to read, did you read anything really good (or bad) this summer?


Kristina P. said...

All I've read is US Weekly and the Ensign. Pretty good balance, I think.

Donna said...

Kristina, I was going to add a P.S. on that post just for you saying that US Weekly doesn't count! Ha ha. You crack me up!

dougandcheryl said...

Love the hunger games! I am looking forward to the movie too. Although I am curious how they are going to be able to portray the violence.
I don't think I have met anyone who didn't hate the title of These is my words.
That title kept me from reading it for years and then when I finally read it I loved it. Seriously, what were they thinking!?
I will have to check out some of the other books you liked.

The Crazy Coxes said...

Thanks for sharing your book list! I LOVE to read! Out of your list, the only two I have read are The Forgotten Garden and These is My Words. I enjoyed both of them. I LOVE historical fiction.

Donna said...

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres too!

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Loved the Hunger Games, though I had disturbing dreams for a while after reading them! And I just looked up "The Forgotten Garden" on Amazon. I'll have to try that one. :)

Sarah Laurence said...

Wow, you read a lot! I loved the Hunger Games trilogy too. Looking forward to the movie as well. Thanks for the list of recommendations. I’ll avoid the last.

This summer I really enjoyed The Pleasing Hour by Lily King - I plan to review it and interview the author.