Must Read Books for Summer 2011
Reading a book at the beach
Subject to change at a moment’s notice, and certainly not all-inclusive, here is my list of Must Read Books for Summer 2011.  Some of these are books I have just finished, and others are on my “up next” list.  As it is only May 31, I’ll be updating this all summer long.
  • One Day, David Nicholls
“K., you’ve got to read One Day.”
“Okay, give me the title of the book.”
“No, the title of the book IS One Day.”
Haha.  Seriously, though, other than some sort of Abbott & Costello schtick, this was a wonderful story.  Character development, wonderful descriptions, and a premise I fell in love with.  It’s also going to be a movie soon, starring none other than Anne Hathaway.
  • A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
The first book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire trilogy, and a must read even if you aren’t following the new series on HBO.  There are a ridiculously large amount of characters and families, so don’t be afraid to Wikipedia if you get confused.
  • The Help, Kathryn Stockett
This was recommended to me by so many people that I almost felt guilty about not reading it.  And yet, in the same way that I thumbed my nose at an iPod for so long (which I now couldn’t live without), I felt sure that if so many people were recommending it I was sure to be disappointed.  Fear not!  Darkly comedic, dramatic, and at times stomach wrenching, The Help is a book everyone should pick up before the movie comes out on August 12.
  • Bossypants, Tina Fey
This is in my “to read next” pile, preferably in audiobook (which would make it “listen to next”), at the express wishes of my dear sister.
  • Pox:  An American History, Michael Willrich
In the midst of the vaccination debate, Michael Willrich’s next book can placed directly in the middle.  I’m currently in the middle of the book, and thus far have found it fascinating.  Providing a compelling account of the history of smallpox in America, from the government’s harsh tactics in quarantine to the very real threat that smallpox posed, Willrich does an excellent job of balancing both sides of the coin, making it an interesting read for anyone.
  • Grace-Based Parenting, Tim Kimmel
Starting June 7th I’ll be doing a Bible study on Tim Kimmel’s immensely popular book.  The purpose of the book is to teach us how to embrace God’s grace and use it to raise spiritually healthy and strong children.  You can visit the website www.familymatters.net/ for more information.
  • A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness
Imagine an adult Twilight, but better, and you have this wonderful book.  The only downside is that it is the first of a trilogy, and the second book won’t be released until sometime  next year.

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  • Or maybe just being able to survive on 4 or 5 hours of sleep a day!! Oh how I wish I needed less sleep 🙂

  • Kim

    Love that we share some “must-read” books. Now to find Hermione’s time turner, I would be set!