It's already that time again, time for summer book listery. When I first started writing this my opening line was, "It just wouldn't be summer without a summer book list," but I realized that it actually would still completely be summer, I would just have nothing to read. So! I hope some of these accompany you to your fun summer plans.
To Read by the Pool : Where'd You Go, Bernadette? This. Book. I got approximately zero things accomplished while I was reading this book. It's a sweeping mystery/adventure novel, with a good dose of humor and wit. It's told in the form of a paper trail- there are emails, notes written to secretaries, journal entries, etc. so you get to satisfy your nosiness too ;)
To Read on a Road Trip : State of Wonder, Ann Patchett. Yet another book that kept me from getting any work done or engaging with other people. One of the best qualities of the book is that there are twists interspersed throughout, I was always reluctant to put it down because I could feel another twist coming. Patchett uses the setting as a great external tension, the Amazon itself almost becomes a character. Read aloud, this is a great companion to the long drive across Texas.
To Read at the Beach: I have to put two on this one. The first is Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott. It's just beautiful writing, but also the sort that will make you laugh out loud while reading it. The second is The Princess Bride by William Goldman. There was a time when I brought this book, along with probably 5 others, on any vacation we took. The Princess Bride was always my fallback in case I got bored with any of the other books I had brought. Even if I didn't end up reading it on the trip, it was always a comfort to know that I had a good story if I needed it. Don't just watch the movie!
To Read Late into the Night Until You Finish It: The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom. I have always been reluctant to claim any one book as my favorite, but I think that changed with The Hiding Place. I read it, stewed on it for a few days, then picked it up and read it again. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Corrie Ten Boom was a Holocaust survivor, captured for hiding Jews in her home. Even when recounting what she endured in prison and at Ravensbruck, she speaks with such hope, innocence, and unwavering trust in the goodness of God. Have Kleenex nearby.
To Read to Your Inner Child : You don't have to read the ones I have recommended here, but revisit a book that you loved as a child. Summer was always at its best in childhood, so it seems only fitting to go back to that place. I'll be revisiting Where the Wild Things Are, Green Eggs and Ham, and probably one of Shel Silverstein's books of poetry.
To Read for a Good Laugh : Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling. I read this book on the flight back from Virginia and was literally having to snort back laughter so I didn't wake up the guy next to me. Mindy writes with such wit and snark. It is everything I had hoped it would be.
Et cetera, et cetera: These are books I want to read but haven't gotten to yet. Please leave me a note in the comments section of what all is on your book list! I always love getting recommendations ;)
A Boat, A Whale, and a Walrus, by Renee Erickson
Lady Sings the Blues, Billie Holiday's Autobiography
Blue Plate Special, by Kate Christensen
Still Life, by Louise Penny