My Summer Reads.

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A while ago I stopped buying books. I decided to avoid amassing more clutter that I would just use my kindle for new books. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kindle, but lately I’ve been yearning for the feel of real books in my hands.  I’ve been yearning for cover art. I have always been someone who DOES judge a book by its cover. I have found almost every time, that if a book has a beautiful or arresting cover, I will normally enjoy the book.

This is how I found Harry Potter when I went to London the first time. I had never heard of it, but the cover art was so whimsical and fun that I knew I had to read it. That’s also how I found Savage Beauty, a stunning book about the life of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. The cover was beautiful yet melancholy. I snatched it up without even reading the back cover.

I’m in Virginia right now visiting my family. When I was at the airport I wandered into the newsstand/bookstore to possibly pick up a magazine and I found myself hungrily snatching up these four books instead. I had been on a book diet and boy did I binge.

These were my spoils:

Joyland, by Stephen King

A novel of Carny Life and Death…

“College student Devin Jones took the summer job at Joyland hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he would up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life–and what comes after–that would change his world forever.”

Okay, so I’m a huge Stephen King fan. It started with The Stand, which I’ve read dozens of times. My favorite is probably his Dark Tower series. I love that this book has an old-timey feel and that it seems like pure fun without me stooping to Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey lows. WHICH I WILL NEVER DO. Gross. They don’t even deserve to be italicized. This, however, seems perfect for sitting on the beach, drinking a shandy, and enjoying some summertime crime fiction.

Beautiful Ruins: a novel, by Jess Walter

“On a rocky patch of Italian coastline, circa 1962, a daydreaming young innkeeper looks out over the water and spies a mysterious woman approaching him on a boat–a story of fascinating people navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.”

This is an example of a book that I bought PURELY for the cover. And it’s set in Italy in the 60s? SOLD. It’s also on New York Times bestseller list and NPR called it “a literary miracle.”

The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

“Why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun.”

I’ve heard about how wonderful this book is for a while. It’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller. And honestly, it sounds like the journey I’m taking right now. I’m super stoked to read this book and be inspired!

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness until she meets Ernest Hemmingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group–the fabled “Lost Generation”–that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I ADORE historical fiction. It is one of my favorite genres. And this has all the right buzz words. Chicago? Check. Paris? Check. 1920s? Check. Jazz Age? Check. I’m in and I can’t wait to read this!

So what are you reading??? Anything amazing that you’ve read recently? I devour books and like almost every genre. Feel free to give me some suggestions!

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