Thursday, July 5, 2012

Caitlin's Summer Reading List

Now that we're on the other end of Fourth of July, it's full-blown summer.  I do a lot of reading normally (hey! perk of having no local friends!), but I have been so busy these past few weeks that a bunch of books have built up on my to-read list.

Here's what I will be reading in the next few weeks (in the order pictured above):

The Lifeboat, by Charlotte Rogan, was a suggestion from my friend Carly.  Carly and I usually love the same books, so I'm pretty excited about this one.  

The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake, was a gift from a friend back in April, but it is a book I've been meaning to read since I saw it on the "staff favorites" section of my favorite Brooklyn bookstore last year.

Elin Hilderbrand is my guilty pleasure author for sure.  I went to The Strand a few years ago and got all of her paperbacks (Jesse has said to me [more than once] "I can't believe you own a book called Nantucket Nights").  Summerland is her newest book which naturally I preordered (and then saw at the library, drats) and can't wait to jump into.  Talk about perfect summer reading.

On a more serious note, Salvage the Bones is the winner of the 2012 National Book Award and I heard an interview with the author, Jesmyn Ward, on NPR a few weeks ago.  Her personal story sounded interesting & I loved the clip she read from the book, so I ordered a copy from my phone right there in the car (at a traffic light or something safe like that, of course).

I'm always working myself into a panic about chemicals in my home, so when Ashli from Mini Manor Blog suggested The Healthy Home, I knew it was perfect for me.  Maybe I am putting off reading this since I know we'll have to make some changes around here...

Back to fiction for a second, I am super excited about John Irving's new book.  John Irving's books are some of my favorites (The World According to Garp, The Hotel New Hampshire) and I am always thrilled when he publishes a new one.

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman... my mom lent this to me... I read the first few pages and found myself pretty choked up.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin seems to be the darling book of the blogosphere right now.  At the suggestion of many fellow bloggers, I picked up my own copy.  It seems to be a mix between a memoir and a self-help book and I am looking forward to getting started on my own happiness project.

... and this last one I have yet to read is a cookbook. I have been meaning to sit down for ages and earmark some recipes to make this summer.  With big, gorgeous pictures and tons of delicious looking vegetable recipes, this book was a suggestion from a friend (& another one I ordered on the spot, but not from behind the wheel this time).  

Have you read any of these books?  Any other suggestions?  I'll let you know how quickly I move through this stack of books and what's next!  Stay homey, my bookworm friends!


  1. Hi girls found your blog via your comment on ashi's mini manourblog blog. I loved the bee keeping story about driving to pick them up. While I thought it was funny...I also know it would have been very scary too. Loved the herb salt jars and would like to try those myself. By the way have you girls ever heard of the "thermomix" I'm in Australia but I'm sure you can would be able to get them in the states. It's like a food processor but 10 times better. They are usually sold by home demonstration (sort of like Tupperware). It is an expensive gadget but amazing. Look it up and get some friends around for your free demo. If you guys cook as much as I think you do it would be right up your alley. I saw you had the happiness project on your summer reading list, I loved the book. Also I bought the healthy home after seeing it on Ashley's blog too. Haven't read any of it yet but look forward to that. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  2. I love that I hav emy own tag on your blog! I am 70% through "Gone Girl" by Vince Gil and it is a total Caitystar book. Also, I highly suggest "The Cranes Dance" as that is hands down the best summer read I've had thus far!
    Other Half of the 2 Woman Book Club


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