Summer. There’s sleeping in and not having to make school lunches and no waiting in valet lines to pick up your kid. No homework to nag about, no permission slips to sign, driving back and forth to practice dance or flute or swim or golf or…whatever. Summer is a lovely break from the madness, which is supposed to lead to more time for doing the things that you never have time for the other ten months out of the year. Except…
Summer is busy. For my family, our summers feel busier because there’s no schedule, no day after day after day routine. The one thing I’m so happy to have a break from is the one thing that is keeping me from what I love to do. You see, my reading usually happens in the midst of all of that routine so when that routine goes away, so does my reading time. During the school year, I know that every morning after the boys are at school and the dogs are fed means that I get to sit down with a cup of coffee and feel no guilt whatsoever for reading.
Yes, I theory there should be more time for reading during the summer. More free time to do what you enjoy. There should be plenty of time for poolside reads and beach reads and vacation reads. But for me, summer gets in the way of my reading. There are so many other things to do, making it easy for long pauses between picking up my latest read. I did, however, read several great books this summer in June and July, giving 4 or 5 stars to all of them but one.
And since I seem to have less time in the summer, here are my quick, off the top of my head, one sentence recommendations.
(And remember to check out my full reviews here on my site as well as on my Goodreads page.)
If you’re 40 and above and you want to feel validated and empowered, you should read: Just When You’re Comfortable in Your Own Skin, It Starts to Sag by Amy Nobile & Trisha Ashworth
If you’re in the mood to read a timely novel that deals with the conflict that comes from coming to terms with and standing up for what you believe in, you should read: Southernmost by Silas House
If you don’t want to feel left out and want to read an author that continues to be a favorite over and over again, then read: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
If you want to sound well-read by telling everyone you’re reading a Pulitzer and still enjoy every second of a funny, clever read, you should read: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
If you’re in the mood for something funny and real, set in L.A. on a street that could be anywhere in the country, you should read: Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman
If you want to choose a book by its cover and then be pleasantly surprised by what’s inside, you should read: My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley
If you’re in the mood for a quick read that you won’t be able to put down, you’ll want to read: Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
If you need a good read for book club that will have all of your friends choosing sides and debating the worst of parenting, then read: The Party by Robyn Harding
If you watch a lot of shows on Bravo and enjoy all of the bickering and drama, then you will enjoy: Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
If you enjoy a nice glass of wine and dream of what it would be like to live in California’s wine country then read: The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra