Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Reading List

When you think of summer, what do you think of?

I think of trips to the library and stacks of books to bring home to read on vacation, on the beach, in the park, wherever.

Here's my recent haul:

Note the kitty who couldn't resist peeking in!

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger 
Contemporary YA about a hard-partying girl dealing with her dad's remarriage. I enjoy when tough-to-like characters are transformed.

Girl Parts by John Cusik
The author is also a literary agent (my manuscript was rejected by him, rightfully so as it really wasn't ready). I'm curious on his YA book about a robot girl who develops a will of her own.

The Princesses of Iowa by Molly Backes
I took a 6 week writing course in Chicago taught by the author, so naturally I want to read her book! I'd heard of it last year at Printer's Row Lit Fest when she spoke on a panel about her rather bumpy road to publication. Like A Midsummer's Nightmare, this book is about the popular girl who gets into some trouble, and learns some hard lessons.

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
My RWA chapter hosted Margie Lawson for an editing workshop, and she quoted from this book, using it for examples of emotional writing. The premise, about interracial love in the 1930s South, is right up my alley. 

How about you? What's your favorite part of summer? What books are on your summer reading list?


  1. Right now I'm reading JOYLAND by Stephen King, and I'm looking forward to the new Chevy Stephens novel plus a whole bunch of others. For some reason, I tend to be drawn to mysteries and thrillers in the summer months. :)

  2. I haven't read any of these but they all sound good. I love summer reading and I need to make sure it happens WAY more this summer than it has in the past. Happy reading! :D

  3. I've been meaning to read Kody Keplingner's books for a while now! I went to the library a few weeks ago and came back with 13 books. One I really liked was Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. :)


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