I don’t usually make lists of books I want to read – I’m one of those “if I stumble on it and it looks good, I’ll read it” types. But over the last few weeks word of some upcoming releases has caught my attention so I thought rather than risk forgetting about them, I’d make a list and grab them when they’re available. And I remembered there were some I’d heard of but hadn’t read yet. And then I thought that in case I happen to have any readers that are looking for some good books this summer*, I’d share. So here you go**.
*A word of warning – these are what many would call, sometimes disparagingly, “beach reads”. I’m big on these. The hot months are no time for heavy thinking. I’d much rather lose myself in a fun story than make my brain sweat as hard as the rest of me.
**None of these authors offered me anything to mention their books. I’d be really excited if any of them even had a clue I existed, but no such luck. (Except Kristin Hannah. She replied to me on Facebook once. But that’s all.)
Someday, Someday, Maybe – Lauren Graham. I liked “Gilmore Girls”. I wasn’t one of the show’s rabid fans, but I watched it when I remembered to, and I appreciated it for what it was. It was a great show. Much of the reason for that is Lauren Graham. Now she’s on a new show, which I don’t watch, but she’s written a novel, which looks like an entertaining read. It takes place in the mid-90s and centers around a girl trying to make it in New York City. I realize to some this might sound like a new version of Sex and the City. By the plot description, though, I really don’t think it is. I guess I’ll find out. This book has already been released.
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns – Lauren Weisberger. I also liked “The Devil Wears Prada”. Strangely, I enjoyed both the book and the movie. That doesn’t usually happen. The book was deeper, of course, with a few subplots I was sorry to see were left out of the movie, but you can’t go wrong with Meryl Streep and a good makeover. I love films with makeovers. Clueless, Encino Man…but I digress. It looks like Andy Sachs has had a pretty good ten years since leaving Runway, until something happens to thrust Miranda Priestly right back into her life. Miranda’s a great character – I found her more interesting than Andy – so I’m excited to see what happens. This book will be released on June 4.
The Next Best Thing, Fly Away Home, and Then Came You – Jennifer Weiner. I am WAY behind here. I’m a huge fan of Jennifer Weiner – maybe it’s because she’s a really entertaining writer. Or maybe it’s the Philly thing. I don’t know. But I love her. Because I’ve been spending so much time writing my own book (and gobbling up YA novels like they’re Tootsie Rolls), I’ve let her last three books pass me by. This summer, I plan to catch up.
Beautiful Day – Elin Hilderbrand. I’ve never read any of Ms. Hilderbrand’s books, but judging by the description of this one, I think it’s time I started. I’m also maid of honor in my sister’s wedding this October, so when I started to get stressed over bridal shower duties, it might be helpful to read about people with real wedding-related problems. And if I like this one, she’s got about a dozen others. This one comes out June 25.
Fly Away – Kristin Hannah. My mother and I pass Kristin Hannah’s books back and forth like…something that gets passed back and forth. For some reason the only simile that comes to mind right now is something I’d rather not post on my blog. Anyway, this book is the sequel to Firefly Lane, which is the first Kristin Hannah book I ever read, and adored. This one was released on April 23 and I planned to save it for a Mother’s Day gift, but when I give my mom books as gifts she usually hands them right back to me with “You read so much faster than I do, so you can have it first. You’ll be done before I even have a chance to open it.”
So that’s my list so far. What about you? Do your reading habits change during the summer? And what books are on your list?