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summer reads

things got a liiiitle bit crazy lately but i haven’t forgotten about the book club! any suggestions for an inspiring but not-too-heavy summer read?

leave ‘em below!


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Hanniel -June 27, 2011, 4:00PM

Super Sad True Love Story
It’s fun and futuristic but also witty and romantic

alexandra lasota -June 27, 2011, 4:19PM

Just a few suggestions.
The History of Love – Nicole Krauss
Never let me go – Kazuo Ishiguro (Favorite Read of all time)
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert *Traveling journal/finding yourself
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom **Must read in your lifetime type of novel
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis **A merge of fantasy and beautiful imagery.

Carlyn -June 27, 2011, 5:00PM

Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures–chronicles the journey of three individuals who work abroad for the UN and how their lives intertwine.

Carlyn -June 27, 2011, 5:01PM

The Little Prince–short read. Children’s book but contains awesome quotes and adult themes.

Sheer Ran -June 27, 2011, 5:09PM

A couple of fantastic, beautiful, amazing reads:
The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski

Brittany -June 27, 2011, 5:12PM

Angels by Marian Keyes
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

anon -June 27, 2011, 5:29PM

‘never let me go’ by kazuo ishiguro

Anonymous -June 27, 2011, 5:44PM

I was thinking maybe Steven Tyler’s new book!

Allie -June 27, 2011, 5:45PM

I was thinking Steven Tyler’s new book!

Taylor -June 27, 2011, 5:51PM

I need a good book to read!
Steven Tyler’s book would be fun!

mia -June 27, 2011, 6:09PM

the bell jar
sylvia plath

molly -June 27, 2011, 6:16PM

Tortilla Flat or Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck

blop -June 27, 2011, 6:21PM

Better yet, how about One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez? It is brilliant. Can’t think of a better book for summer.

Anonymous -June 27, 2011, 6:26PM

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

Veronica -June 27, 2011, 6:28PM

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. I have to read it for school but it’s actually pretty good, it explores the clash of cultures between American Indians and Americans.

heather -June 27, 2011, 6:33PM

Half Broke Horses Jeanette Walls..not super light but awesome!
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency…easy, feel good and fun!
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)..great summer reading. gothic, supernatural southern!
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone..for anyone with 90’s nostalgia!

Margaux -June 27, 2011, 6:33PM


I’ve been doing this thing where I finish a book and then immediately give it away. Whoever I give it to, I ask them for a recommendation for the next book. This keeps me clutter-free and only mildly confused about my thoughts on reading. While there is little accountability on their end, I find they always deliver.

Here is my intern Stephanie’s brilliant recommendation:

Vladamir Nabokov is one insane dude who just happens to be one of the greatest prose writers of all time, no big deal. You’ve probably stumbled across “Lolita” already, but if you haven’t and you’re in the mood to feel like a terrible, disgusting person for rooting for a grown man to date his 12-year-old stepdaughter, you should do it. The man’s a beast with the English language (which is his third language, by the way, WHATEVER)!

I’m doing it.

Sarah -June 27, 2011, 6:40PM

A tree grows in Brooklyn is the most inspiring book I have ever read, it changed my point of view on life, and my work ethic forever

Molly Anderson -June 27, 2011, 6:42PM

perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky (really short and easy read)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (my favorite classic)

Sloane -June 27, 2011, 6:44PM

on the road by jack Kerouac, it defined his generation. Or anything by him really.

cass -June 27, 2011, 7:01PM

Its a war story, which turned me off at first, but its actually a really enthralling book! The first chapter was a little boring but the rest of it is absolutely captivating. And best of all, or maybe i should say worst of all, most of it is true

margaux -June 27, 2011, 7:20PM

little bee, slaughterhouse five, the queen’s fool, extremely loud and incredibly close, les miserables… so many amazing books!

hayley -June 27, 2011, 7:36PM

edith wharton

Ashley -June 27, 2011, 7:37PM

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
So so very good. Read it before it comes out as a movie!

hayley -June 27, 2011, 7:38PM

or since somebody already suggested nabokov, the real life of sebastian knight!!! just read it. great book.

Anonymous -June 27, 2011, 8:14PM

Yes, LOLITA…. or anything by Jack Kerouac. Oh, and the The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan or anything Walt Whitman!

Anonymous -June 27, 2011, 8:40PM

I second the nomination for THE HELP by KATHRYN STOCKETT. I literally could not put this novel down!

dm -June 27, 2011, 8:44PM

have you ever chosen to not read a particular author because you have a feeling you will like them so much that you want to save them? weird, i know. so i’ve been holding off but now wanting to read henry miller or anais nin for said reason :)

Jinny Song -June 27, 2011, 8:47PM

East of eden by John Steinbeck!!! <3

amber -June 27, 2011, 9:00PM

one day by david nicholls. it is funny and heartbreaking and perfect for the summer. plus it is a good prep for the movie that comes out in august.

Sophia -June 27, 2011, 9:01PM

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The whole novel is like a poem, or a ballad. It is a beautiful story that celebrates life and all kinds of love and the ways in which we are all connected.

Rae -June 27, 2011, 10:11PM

The Reef by Nora Roberts! It is a captivating story of love and life, set in the beautiful ocean of the West Indies.

Anonymous -June 27, 2011, 10:14PM

some of these suggestions are terrifying. sorry, but nora roberts? really??

Sarah Rose Lane -June 27, 2011, 10:21PM

i just started the Dharma Bums! two books i plan to read before summer’s end are Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and The Beautiful and The Damned by Fitzgerald.

Anonymous -June 27, 2011, 10:35PM

To kill a mockingbird, the ultimate comfort book!

Aya -June 27, 2011, 10:53PM

I’m reading Fire will Fall, by author Carol Plumm-Ucci, and it’s a truly captivating, and therefore, fast read. All of Carol Plumm-Ucci’s books are amazing!! I highly suggest them.

silver -June 27, 2011, 11:08PM

I recently read a book called Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller. It was surprisingly good and super motivating. It made me stoked to do good things and inspire other people.

Taylor -June 27, 2011, 11:24PM

The Help sounds good…I have to read it for school this Summer anyway! ~Might as well make it fun and blog about it! Could make for a cool English presentation!

Anonymous -June 27, 2011, 11:25PM

THE AWAKENING BY KATE CHOPIN best summer book for a strong woman

alexxandra -June 27, 2011, 11:56PM

everything is illuminated by jonathon safran foer. he is such an amazing writer. his words speak wonders to me during each book i read.

Alice -June 27, 2011, 11:58PM

I am reading two books right now.
The first is hilarious, and sad- it made me laugh and cry- its called “This is where I leave you” by: Jonathan Tropper.

The second is called- “The Lace Makers of Glenmara” by: Heather Barbieri

trudy -June 28, 2011, 12:19AM

the dharma bums by jack kerouac. the perfect novel, modeled after “on the road”, where the main character, based of off kerouac himself, explore buddhism and his other ideals, such as bicycling, meditating, the wonderful wildnerness and mountain, and poetry readings, featuring ginsberg’s “howl” (though changed to “wail” in the novel). an amazing, light book for the spiritually jazzed.

Annabanna -June 28, 2011, 12:28AM

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. An easy thriller and a bit of cheesy romance but definitely an easy read to pass the long summer days.

Annabanna -June 28, 2011, 12:31AM

oh and The Glass Castle by by Jeannette Walls

Lauren -June 28, 2011, 12:37AM

The Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda. It’s about Don Juan who was an Indian living I think in the 60s. It’s one of my favorite books and gives the reader an awesome perspective on nature, the soul, and spirit of all living things. READ THIS BOOK!

b -June 28, 2011, 12:48AM

margherita dolce vita by stefano benni
i promise.

Anonymous -June 28, 2011, 2:01AM

“im just not that into you” altering my life as we speak.

Anette -June 28, 2011, 2:04AM

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I read it on the beach two years and cried so much I had to go into the water to hide that I was sobbing out loud. The most beautiful book, and at the same time, a light read.

AMANDA -June 28, 2011, 2:05AM

Be Here Now- Ram Dass

Seize the Day – Saul Bellow

Katelyn -June 28, 2011, 3:08AM

I second The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, it’s beautifully written and just an all around incredible memoir of her life

Emily -June 28, 2011, 3:55AM

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. it is probably the most beautiful book i have ever read.

mountain girl -June 28, 2011, 5:08AM

the rum diary by hunter s. thompson is my favorite summer read!!
also: tropic of cancer by henry miller
great suggestions!!

Rebecca McElheny -June 28, 2011, 7:45AM

I’m reading Steven Tyler’s new book, “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You”. It is a great read!!!!

angie -June 28, 2011, 8:09AM

i know this might be old news, but i finally read “the poisonwood bible” by barbara kingsolver (a southern baptist’s wife and 4 daughters living in congo). i literally could not put it down! i also loved “animal vegetable miracle” by her as well. “water for elephants” was suprisingly captivating and beautiful (i refuse to see the movie as i heard it does no justice to the book, sorry reece!) i did just read “the hunger games” (fast read) kind of juvenile, but interesting plot and setting. i have heard rave reviews of “super sad true love story” as well! (it’s on my list) and whoever said “the perks of being a wallflower”, that is one of my all time favorites, as well as “a tree grows in brooklyn”. can’t go wrong with either of those!

PINKERTON -June 28, 2011, 8:39AM

The Rum Diary is def. a great summer read. Also Catcher in the Rye because it just reminds me of school days and the crazy adventures my friends and I had in NYC :) A timeless read

Jesse Akin -June 28, 2011, 9:15AM

White Oleander, that book is my bible and it is a wonderful summer read.

Kate Linkhorn -June 28, 2011, 9:20AM

slaughterhouse five is great, and enlightenment for idiots is a good summer read too.

Tamberine -June 28, 2011, 9:36AM

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues!!! Or anything else by Tom Robbins!

Anonymous -June 28, 2011, 9:37AM

i second On The Road by Jack Kerouac!!!

Anonymous -June 28, 2011, 10:20AM

the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells. One of my all time favorite books, and I always think of it as having a summery feel. Not at all “heavy”, but definitely inspiring. one of those books that wakes you up emotionally. check it out!

Anonymous -June 28, 2011, 10:44AM

I second Tom Robbins. Skinny Legs and All or Still Life With Woodpecker are musts!!! (and I’ve heard those aren’t even his best books)

Kobenhavn -June 28, 2011, 11:13AM

I agree with Tom Robbins! How about “Jitterbug Perfume”?

Anonymous -June 28, 2011, 12:20PM

The Happiness Project
Love in the Time of Cholera

silver -June 28, 2011, 1:55PM

I hear Meowmorphosis is a good one

vistacruiser -June 28, 2011, 2:41PM

A Walk in the Woods

Megs -June 28, 2011, 2:55PM

Dark Star Safari.

You’re welcome.

Anonymous -June 28, 2011, 2:59PM

Everything Is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer (a wonderful, quirky book ideal for the summer sun!)
On The Road – Jack Kerouac (the language is beautiful, and the book epitomizes what being free really means)
Franny & Zooey – JD Salinger (a quick read, but one I will never forget because of its simplicity, sweetness, and honesty)

Anonymous -June 28, 2011, 3:54PM

either everything is illuminated by jonathan safran foer

extremely loud and incredibly close by jonathan safran foer

fp julia -June 28, 2011, 6:06PM

thank you for the suggestions i will check them out and keep you guys posted!!! we actually did on the road as our first book in the book club :)

hawthorne girl -June 28, 2011, 8:55PM

the garden of eden by hemingway (perfect for summer)
playing with the grown ups by sophie dahl (perfect for dreaming)

hawthorne girl -June 28, 2011, 9:00PM

yes, the glass castle is really great too. on a road trip through the southwest, our radio broke so we were reading this book out loud to each other literally as we were driving through the parts she was talking about. a truly great read!

Anonymous -June 28, 2011, 9:25PM

jack kerouac: on the far (different dimension literature) and i’m recently reading ” a visit to the goon squad” by jennifer egan

Anonymous -June 28, 2011, 9:47PM

the heart is a lonely hunter by carson mccullers OR
the history of love by nicole krauss OR
housekeeping by marilynne robinson

Rachael -June 28, 2011, 9:48PM

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers OR
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss OR
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Anonymous -June 28, 2011, 11:31PM

The Lovers Dictionary by David Levinthal.. a little cheesy but will get you through the day!

Samantha -June 29, 2011, 12:32AM

submarine Joe Dunthorne its quite funny

Rach -June 29, 2011, 1:10AM

The Reef by Nora Roberts, perfect for summertime.

Dana -June 29, 2011, 1:49AM

Still Life with Woodpecker my Tom Robbins

Finn -June 29, 2011, 1:52AM

This is All – The Pillowbook of Cordelia Kenn by Aidan Chambers. truly the most beautiful book i’ve ever read.

anakesler -June 29, 2011, 1:54AM

sag harbor by colson whitehead

Anonymous -June 29, 2011, 3:04AM

Oscar Wilde

May -June 29, 2011, 8:04PM

The Reef by Nora Roberts is amazing.

Kalyn -June 29, 2011, 11:09PM

But I Love Him, by Amanda Grace

Anonymous -June 30, 2011, 5:54AM

the sweetest dream by doris lessing

ele -July 1, 2011, 8:56PM

kafka on the shore by haruki murakami

Anonymous -July 3, 2011, 9:15PM

The Summer Book by Tove Janson

Dominique -July 4, 2011, 1:02PM

Definitly On The Road by Jack Kerouac. Also The Dharma Bums and Big Sur.

Jordan -July 4, 2011, 6:13PM

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. It is an excellent read and very inspiring!

Aylaginger -July 14, 2011, 4:19PM

I recently read the notebook by nicholas sparks on a five day beach trip. Though I like the movie better, I still couldn’t seem to put the book down.

Judy -July 16, 2011, 12:55AM

The Reef!

nats -October 1, 2011, 3:43PM

Hui Wei ”Shanghai baby”

Diane -May 10, 2012, 2:29PM

Chuck Palahnkiuk books! Such as Rant and Fight Club

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