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Summer Reading List

My reading list for Summer.  With all that I have planned for the upcoming months, this may prove to be too ambitious to finish by summer’s end, but I’m going to give it the old college try.

Semi-Charmed Life –  A comedic mystery about a ghost writing blogger, romance, socialites, and exotic adventure.  Can you imagine a better beach read?

Beautiful Ruins –   A quirky romantic comedy that spans 50 years involving a Hollywood starlet and a small sun drenched Italian fishing village.

Death At La Fenice: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery  –   A suave detective committed to solving crime in Venice and equally passionate for Italian food and wine.

Sailing Philosophy for Everyone –  I’m intrigued by the love of the sea and sailing. During my college years, I wanted to take sailing lessons, but never found the time. Perhaps this book and the one immediately following will inspire me.

The Starboard Sea – As quoted by BookList, “Vividly written.  Dermont shows real spark in her sensual descriptions of sailing and her realistic depiction of the malevolent dynamics among sophisticated teens…”

I will read any book that is filled with sensual descriptions and lyrical prose.  Wouldn’t you?

Their Eyes Were Watching God –  This book has been described as a literary wonder filled with lyrical and poetic prose.  When the book was originally published in 1937, it was controversial and many African Americans criticized the author’s use of Southern dialect.  They believed it portrayed African Americans negatively and played into racial stereotypes.

A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York – Opulence and wealth from a bygone era.  The book’s title says it all.

To Kill A Mockingbird –  A Pulitzer Prize Winner.  A 20th century classic about race and class in the Deep South during the 1930′s.

Gone Girl –  A suspense thriller.  A toxic marriage.  Wife goes missing.  Husband doesn’t seem distraught.  I can’t wait to read what happens next.

I’d love to hear from you.  What are your reading selections for this summer?  If you’d like to see last year’s reading list, click here.