summer reads

As a kid, summer meant books, books and lots of books. Every summer when school was out, the local public library had a summer reading contest. Each kid would get a booklet (a super cool booklet like one that folded out into a treasure map) with a special bookmark and for every book you read, you filled in a line. If you filled in all the lines, which I always did, you would proudly take your booklet to the librarian at the end of the summer and she would give you a book and a medal! Best feeling ever. So accomplishing. Over the years I've become less and less of a reader. I have a much harder time now getting into a book and focusing. But last weekend in Naramata I had no pinterest, blogs or instagram to steal my attention away. Instead I read a book, a really good book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I was hooked first couple pages in and I was reminded how good it feels to just sit (or lie out on a beach towel) and read. I feel like I have recommitted myself to books and am now left with a need for a summer reading list. I don't have much time left so I've come up with just 4 books I want to finish by the end of the summer.

1. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais : a novel about French and Indian food set in Lumiere, France. Need I say more (and it's about a lot more than that). It's also coming out as a film directed by Lasse Hallström who did Chocolat, so that's gotta be pretty good too.

2. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden : I read Boyden's book Through Black Spruce a number of years ago and I remember it being a great read. I've heard lots about this book so I think it's a good one to put on the list.

3. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese : my mum and aunt were talking about this book last weekend and they gave it quite the high rating, along with everyone else on the internet.

4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn : because I loved Gone Girl so much (still haven't finished though!), I'm ever so tempted to read another of her dark, twisted, murder mysteries. I love a good page turner.

Tell me, what are your summer reads?

1 comment:

  1. I just read Gone Girl too! So good. Also I love how you actually got through those VPL summer reading club things. I was always so excited at the beginning of the summer, but never ever finished the booklet. I also definitely thought that Archie comics were eligible (and even when I included those I didn't finish the booklet). I never got a medal :(