Books for Your Next Vacation

Books for your next vacation

This list came out last year.  It’s a decent list of books that are vacation friendly.
The ones I’ve read have been quick reads.

1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

4. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

5. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

6. Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

7. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

8. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

10. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

11. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

12. On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

13. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

16. Verity by Colleen Hoover

17. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

18. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

20. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

21. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

22. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

23. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

24. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

26. The End of Everything by Megan Abb

Inland by Téa Obreht

historical fiction

List of Lists


Inland by Téa Obreht
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I spent a lot of this book confused about how the two stories were linked. It didn’t become truly clear until the last two chapters, but I suspected part of it. I did enjoy the story, but Nora’s part was more clear. I was a little fuzzy most of the story about the rest of it.

It was definitely worth reading, but definitely wasn’t what I was expecting.

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Big Summer Books for 2019

Big Summer Books for 2019 was part of the List of lists.  There were a few books here that I hadn’t seen on the other lists.

I also didn’t get to them over the summer, but I am sure I will, one day.


New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent, edited by Margaret Busby (Amistad, May).

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow (Bloomsbury, June).

Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman (NYRB Classics, June).

The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr (Harper, June).

Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain (Gallic, June).

The Plus One by Sarah Archer (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, July).


Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-to Guide by Karen Kilgariffand Georgia Hardstark (Forge, May).

A Dream Too Big: The Story of an Improbable Journey From Compton to Oxford by Caylin Louis Moore (Thomas Nelson, June).

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion by Tanisha C. Ford (St. Martin’s, June).

Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light by Peter Schjeldahl (Abrams, June).

I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum (Random House, June).

Man Fast by Natasha Scripture (Little A, June)..

Buzz Sting Bite: Why We Need Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson (Simon and Schuster, July). .

The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O’Mara (Penguin, July).

Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl (Milkweed, July).

Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark by Cecelia Watson (Ecco, July).

And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks by Lawrence Weschler (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, August)

A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century by Jason DeParle (Viking, August).

Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy by A.N. Wilson (Harper, September).

Favorite Books for Summer 2019

Favorite Books for Summer 2019 was on the List of lists

Even though summer is almost over, there were some on the list that I hadn’t really seen before.

We Love Anderson Cooper — R. L. Maizes (July)

Oval – Elvia Wilk (June)

Conviction — Denise Mina (June)

Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession — Rachel Monroe (August)

The Dry Heart — Natalia Ginzburg (new translation by Frances Frenaye) / Happiness, as Such — Natalia Ginzburg (new translation by Minna Zallman Proctor) (June)

A Pure Heart — Rajia Hassib (August)

Machine — Susan Steinberg (August)

The Drama of Celebrity — Sharon Marcus (June)

Love at First Like — Hannah Orenstein (August)

 Black Light: Stories — Kimberly King Parsons (August)

Please Send Help — Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin (July)

More Than Enough: Claiming Space For Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) — Elaine Welteroth (June)



Reader’s Chair

readers chair

reading chair

This chair is designed so that you can easily read on the beach or out in the sun.  I keep looking at it, wondering if it’s worth it.  It would be really easy to get engrossed in a good book, or fall asleep reading a boring book, and end up with a sunburn.  I think that I need to think about this for a while longer before I invest in one.  It looks like a great idea, though.

7 Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading

7 Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading was on the List of lists. I am only listing 5 because the others are on other lists

“American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century,”
“Vincent and Alice and Alice,” Shane Jones (July 9)
“Marilou Is Everywhere,” Sarah Elaine Smith (July 30)
“The Hotel Neversink,” Adam O’Fallon Price (Aug. 6)
“Everything Inside: Stories,” Edwidge Danticat (Aug. 27)