Summer Reading 2012

Written by Lotus on Wednesday, 27 of June , 2012 at 7:54 pm

There are tons of great books I’m looking forward to reading at the beach and by the pool this summer. Here are a few on my list:

Off the Menu by Stacey Ballis (Out July 3, 2012)
The cover has a dog and cupcakes. What else do you need to know? My introduction to Stacey was through Jen Lancaster’s books. I finally got around to reading her last book, Good Enough to Eat. Fantastic read. [Side note: Lancaster’s new book, Jeneration X, is also must read. Hilarious, per usual.]

The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh
I love David Limbaugh. I had the opportunity to interview him and interact with him on Twitter, as he does with many other fans. He was kind enough to send me a signed copy of his new book and I can’t wait to start it!

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
In April I saw my first Broadway musical, Phantom of the Opera. Next on my list is Wicked, so I thought I’d read the book first. I started this book when the pool opened up on Memorial Day. It’s now become my pool book (I also have a bedside book, a Kindle book, an iPhone for Kindle book…), so it’s taking me awhile to get through it. Or I’m just not into it. It reminds me of Lord of the Rings books, which I have never read. Fantasy/Science Fiction create new worlds and terms and species. I can’t keep them straight. I have enough to remember with the real one. So, time will tell if I get through Wicked. Side note: It’s dirtier than I thought. Aren’t kids really into this book?

Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture by Andy Cohen
I’m kind of a Bravo addict. Something that’s always puzzled me is how an entire network devoted to guilty-pleasure reality shows can get A-List guests on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens” mini-talk show. I once asked a friend who worked in development at Bravo and he said it’s because Cohen uses every interaction as an opportunity. I’m not sure if the meant it as a positive or negative. Either way, it works for him.

Jesus Hates Dead Religion by Eric Metaxas (Kindle Only)
I love Metaxas’s “Everything You Wanted to Know…” series. I’ve also given his bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy to several people. His latest book is based on his recent speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, which was attended by President Obama, Vice President Biden and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Leonardo’s Lost Princess by Peter Silverman
A friend of mine reviewed this book last month and it’s been on my list ever since. The book chronicle’s a man’s attempt to authenticate a painting he discovers should be attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci.

Others
If you own a Kindle, sign up for the Pixel of Ink email list at once. Every day they send a list of free (or almost free) titles. I’ve downloaded dozens of books. I tend to gravitate toward chicklit, but they also feature lots of crime novels, mysteries and even a few cookbooks. A few of the titles I’ve downloaded so far (may not still be free):

How to Get a Literary Agent in Two Murders or Less

The Dirty Parts of the Bible

Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride

Sweet Delicious Madness and the Many Mysterious Deaths of Silvio Burlesconi

[WordPress is being really annoying tonight.  It’s not letting me highlight or format text, so I can’t put in Amazon links.  I’ll try again later.  Sorry this post looks so boring!]

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