rather: summer reading and such.

April 22, 2011

Summer means a lot of things, like t-shirts and shorts and ice cream, but the other part of it would probably be reading.

And because my New Zealand getaway is coming up (more on that next time most likely!) I not only have the lemonade park, Barnes & Noble, and my comfy, cozy bed (where I spend late nights buried under the covers just so I can find out what happens next) But I also have a 13 hour plane ride, six week getaway, no school/no work (talk about heaven) on the beach, on the balcony, or again, buried under my bed covers 7,000 miles away - where I will probably make even more time for reading.

Last summer, when I asked my main"go-to" reading kindred spirit (my darling boss Elin) which book I should read next, she suggested The Book Thief. Has anyone read it? Snap I loved it. I cried the last fifteen pages with a roll of toilet paper next to me because I couldn't find tissues. And today as I browsed online over some "to read this summer" book titles, The Book Thief was on one of the lists, with the following critique:

"If you want a fast read, this book is not for you. If you only like happy endings [then] this book is not for you... [But] if you love to read, and if you love to care about the characters you read about, and if you love to eat words like they're ice cream, and if you love to have your heart broken and mended on the same page, this book is for you."

That's all I really have to say about that. I love it like ice cream.

But the real reason I'm writing about all of this, is because it's time to go to all of you --
What books would you recommend? Anything and everything.
It's starting to feel a tiny bit like summer, and that means a lot of things, (like t-shirts and shorts and ice cream) but most especially reading.


Mary said...

I read The Book Thief and really enjoyed it too. I usually post all the books I read and like to my blog too, so check out my 'books' label to see my recommendations. I just read one called "Me & Emma" that was good - a good summer read, although definitely not a happy one. Reading one now called The Tiger's Wife that I'm liking so far.

Sky said...

I loved the Book Thief, I read it in a lesson at school and it was really hard to keep myself from crying. I'd suggest 'The History of Love' by Nicole Kraus, "Paper Towns' By John Green and 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' By Stephen Chbosky. They're three of the most recent books I've read and I thought they were really good :) Very worth reading :)

molly jane said...

Wanna know what's so fantastic about this? I was just about to post a summer reading list on my blog when I saw you had posted something about summer reading. Of course. The Book Thief is absolutely beautiful. You can look to my blog for what I'll be reading :)

Brittany said...

Okay. I need to read this. I've heard about it for so so long. Your review convinced me though.

I love Fugitive Pieces. It's a little heavy, but I'd read it during any season. This is going to be my summer of books too, so I'll let you know what I like!

Anonymous said...

I would suggest The Goose Girl series by Shannon Hale, it is amazing!

Jane Garner said...

summer reading is the best!! i am so excited for it slash jealous that you are already on summer vaca! the book thief is on my summer reading list now. have you ever read the Winter Garden? I'm reading it right now and i love it!

kylee said...

the book thief! definitely one of my allll time favorites. you may have read them already but if you haven't i suggest you read the kite runner, a thousand splendid suns, or extremely loud and incredibly close.

Katie said...

I really cannot say how much I loved the Book Thief. It was so beautiful.

7upkels said...

Thank you for all the book suggestions!! And for those who want to read The Book Thief.. Do it! It's hard to imagine anyone being disappointed by it.

allie margaret said...

I read Book Thief last summer and it's one of my new favorites! SO SO GOOD. I read it at work, and for the last little bit I had to keep putting it down because I was tearing up, first book to ever make me do that. LOVE IT


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