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  1. 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.

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

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. LOLITA

    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.

  9. 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

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

  11. THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brian
    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

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

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

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

  15. 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 :)

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

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

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

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

  31. 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!

  32. 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

  33. 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!

  34. 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)

  35. 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)

  36. either everything is illuminated by jonathan safran foer

    or
    extremely loud and incredibly close by jonathan safran foer

  37. 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 :)

  38. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  45. 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.

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