Summer Reading

Summer Reading

The season is upon us …

… the season of warm breezes, thunderstorms, BBQs, farmers’ markets, flip flops, kiddie pools, smores, bikes …
… and the season of books!
The first (unofficial) week of summer vacation, the trio joined the library book club. My 6-year-old, especially, is a huge reader. Together, we are reading The Secret Garden, which I admit, I have never read! She is really into American Girl books, particularly Kit (and very curious about the newest AG, Rebecca). The Amanda Pig series, the Frances books, and Ameila Bedelia round out her top favorites.
All of the girls enjoy anything Fancy Nancy and other picture books.
As for me, I’m currently reading Just Jane, a fictional introduction into the life of Jane Austen. It’s fairly enjoyable, getting a glimpse into her simple life and seeing where she found her inspiration for her various novels. It is a bit slow in parts, taking me a little longer to read than usual. But it’s quaint and cozy, and overall, I like it. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but there is a fact sheet in the back, which I’ll read when I’ve finished the book to see what was really fact and what was just fiction.
On my to-read list, I have …
The Man Who Loved Jane Austen (Can you see a theme here? LOL) by Sally Smith O’Rourke
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
My Life in Pink & Green by Lisa Greenwald
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
… and oh, so many more! I’m sure I won’t read them all this summer. But that’s OK; I’ve got no deadline, right?!
I just joined goodreads, which is a social network for readers. It’s a place to recommend books and receive recommendations, as well as keep track of your “to-read list.” If you’re a member, too, let me know! Or if you have a recommendation for me, something you’ve read recently that you thought was great, please let me know. Even if it’s a children’s book. I’m always looking for good reads for my entire family.
Happy Reading!
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7 thoughts on “Summer Reading

  1. happy reading to YOU! i wish i was more motivated to read for myself. but by the time i am done with prayers and stories. i am just plain done! i do like good reads though. that was probably a good idea if you are looking for book ideas! have a blessed week sarah. and happy summer-ing! 🙂

  2. Just today, I signed up our kids for the summer reading program at the library. I hadn't had the opportunity to get a library card, before today. I picked up a few books, but hope to make it a part of our 'schedule'. For us, library trips NEED to be planned. I look forward to your reviews. I only read Jane Eyre before adulthood – and that was my favorite book for many years. Now, I really like Pride and Prejudice … definitely a Jane Austen fan here, too!

  3. Pink and Green is on my list, too. I may be adding Just Jane. And you'll have to let us know what you think of Change of Heart. I have mixed feelings about Jodi Picoult these days.

  4. Regan, Reading is often part of whatever break I get during the day … But there are definitely times when I finally get to that break, and I'm just plain done, too!

    Suzie, I haven't read Jane Eyre yet. Sometimes I look back on my school years and wonder why I didn't get these classics in school. We got some, but I wish we would've gotten more … Oh well! Better late than never!

    Barbara, I got Pink and Green from your list =) I haven't read anything by Picoult, and I will be going into it with mixed feelings as well. But a trustworthy friend recommended this (and another one of hers) to me, so I'm going to give it a shot.

    Jennifer, Thanks for the tag! I've done a similar meme but not the exact same one … I'll play soon, OK?! Are you a JA fan, too? I noticed your Marianne Dashwood icon =)

  5. I am curious about getting involved in a reading/book club….never done it…dont know much- can you hook me up with the how to's? I feel like such a dummy…sounds like its a no brainer.

  6. Elizabeth, I am not in a book club, but I have always wanted to be in one, too. Goodreads is an online network. You keep track of your books, all genres. You can see what others are reading, get recommendations, etc. It's kinda fun … Maybe there are book clubs within it, too, but they'd be virtual, and I'm assuming you want a real-life club to join. Perhaps you could start one! I think you just pick a book per month or so and then discuss … I don't know if there's more to it than that! Maybe you could have food or drinks that go with the book … That'd be fun! =) I guess the main thing is to find one where you know you wouldn't end up reading scandalous books … That would be my biggest concern. In other words, find one where you trust the members to pick quality books!

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