For as long as I can remember, reading has been my salvation. In fact, my earliest memory is that of my then eighteen month self sitting in a play pen on a hot summer’s day while looking at the Golden Book “The Poky Little Puppy”. For a shy girl who moved a lot growing up, books and their characters were my best friends. Ramona Quimby, Ralph S. Mouse and Jessica Wakefield could always be counted on to play with me. Never was I more excited than when the mailman delivered my next two installments of the Book Of The Month Club my mom enrolled me in when I was nine. And yes, I read every single Sweet Valley High Book. All 475 of them. Twice.
I love the smell of a new book and have yet to completely convert over to e-reading because BOOK PAGE SMELL, people. I love seeing how many pages are left, dying to get to the end but yet trying to read slowly enough to savor every delicious morsel of the story. I loves me a book sale and don’t get me started on my local library’s yearly “Fill A Bag For $5” event. Some women fight over shoe sales at Barney’s. I, on the other hand, will cut you to get a $1 copy of Jennifer Weiner’s latest tome. And God help you if you lay your hands on an Marian Keyes book before I do….
Yes. I’m a Bookworm. Book nerd. Readaholic. Spender of Too Much Money At Barnes And Noble.
One of the things I love most about reading is discussing books with someone who loved a book as much as I did. I’ll stop perfect strangers in a mall or on a train and ask them how they like the book they are reading. I’ll unabashedly strike up a conversation with the woman in front of me in Barnes and Noble with my unsolicited opinion on how much I loved the Gillian Flynn book in her hands. I belong to book groups on Facebook, regularly share dogeared copies of my favorites with friends and just announce to whomever will listen that a book moved me to tears.
I. Love. Reading.
And I love Summer Reading to the point of obsession.
Summertime is when I can really kick my reading sickness into high gear. Long summer evenings with nary a Good Wife episode in sight allow for hours of reading pleasure. A good summer read goes a long way in helping to ensure that I don’t beat my Fruit Loops senseless for bickering, demanding iPad apps and asking for a popsicle for the 900th time in three hours. Even when I’m wrapped up in the demands of pool towels, sunscreen and trips to the park, my book beckons me with the sweet reminder that I will be able to escape to a wonderful world where my brain is filled with something other than the words, “Can I have a snack?”.
Summer Reading is the reason my Fruit Loops still exist in August.
And, so, I’ve decided to put together a list of my favorite summer books. It’s a list filled with books that have juicy, well developed plots. It’s a list that contains books that will make you laugh out loud. I’ve read all of them and can give them the official “Fruit Loop Keeper Seal Of Approval”. I will even go out on a limb and say these books might even become your favorites, too. And it’s nothing like Oprah’s “Let’s All Get Smarter By Reading Faulker Or Tolstoy” List. Rather, it’s a “Let’s Escape And Hopefully Not Kill Our Kids” List. No disrespect, Oprah.
|Me. And Elin Hilderbrand. And she’s thinking, “OMG. Stalker to my left”.|