summer reading guide in progress. only two of the books pictured made the cut.
Last year’s summer reading guide was a big hit, so I’m doing it again. You can get your 2013 edition of Ultimate Beach Reading next Wednesday on the blog. And just like last year, it will be free!
In last year’s guide, I included some books in the “new releases” section that hadn’t yet been released–so I hadn’t read them yet. But since the early press looked good and I was very much looking forward to reading them, I included them in the guide.
(If you read Drop Dead Healthy last year on my recommendation, I’m really sorry. I thought it was pretty stupid after I actually read it, and many of you agreed. And yet it has 165 reviews on Amazon with a 4-star average. I guess that goes to show the value of a trusted reading guide, huh?)
This year’s summer reading guide also has a new releases category, but this year I only included books that came out in late spring that I actually read.
And yet, it’s fun to talk about the books we’re looking forward to for summer reading, and I’ve listed some ones I’m excited about below. But I’m not recommending them…yet.
The Lucy Variations, Sara Zarr
I like a good coming-of-age story, and this YA novel sounds like the competitive piano version of Save the Last Dance .
Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity, Emily Matchar
I am definitely intrigued…but then again I thought Radical Homemakers sounded really interesting, too–and I hated it. And the buzz that’s starting to leak out from bloggers I know isn’t exactly complimentary.
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris
I actually finished this one since I finalized the summer reading guide, and there’s no way it would have made the cut. It’s not his best work, and way too crude to recommend. There were several essays I didn’t bother to finish. Of course David Sedaris isn’t for everyone, but I wouldn’t recommend this collection to any but his most devoted fans.
The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Strength, Faith, and the Power of Family, Josh Hanagarne
This brand new memoir sounds almost too outrageous to be true. A weightlifting librarian’s memoir of overcoming adversity? Yes please!
And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Houssini
Have you read any of these yet?
In comments tell us 1. a book you’re looking forward to reading this summer or 2. a time you were really looking forward to reading a new book…and it disappointed you.