Thursday, July 1, 2010

My summer reading

I cannot believe that I have blogged 200 posts...
I hope very much that I have not become too repetative, dull or tedious...
pray do tell if my posts make you snore.

A few days ago I was lamenting about the fact that I have a book that I MUST read for an August workshop "Brain Rules"...the cover does suggest some enlightening information lies sounds  very educational and our staff and local family of schools is embracing, and from what I gather, will be implementing many of the principles next term.

But now I am wearing my holiday hat...and am free to read whatever I fancy.

I have a stack of books that I am ready to dive into...

you are wanted to see my list so here it is...

My most recent discovery...
Mavis Cheek,
the Jane Austen of contemporary fiction!

I enjoyed Three Junes by Julia Glass so I am hoping that I See You Everywhere will not disappoint.
The American Au Pair sounds light and fun.

Wally Lamb adds to the mix
 and the idea of inheriting a stunning country home tickled my fancy.

Julia Glass again 
and Mr. HB recommended Loving Frank
about Frank Lloyd Wright and his dramatic life.

Katie Fforde is pure fun
Laurie Graham is a favourite author of mine
I have read all her books except this one.
(I highly recommend her)

Marcia Willett paints lovely pictures with words
I jump right into her books.
Bitter is the New Black sounds somewhat off beat and edgy,
I may not love this one but I am going to try it.
I like to stir things up once in awhile.

Water For Elephants, many book clubs have raved about it and I am rather behind.
The Outcast is set in England and the jacket description sounds a bit like Atonement.

Belonging and Chez Moi are my armchair travels to Europe!

Patti Boyd promises to deliver the goods on "the inner circle" and life with Eric Clapton and George Harrison.
The Highest Tide is set in the Pacific Northwest in and around the islands.
Maybe I will recognize some of the locations.

Tiger Lillie and Hunting and gathering were staff picks at my local used bookstore.

What is on your summer read list?


  1. What an excellent collection, Hostess!

    Congrats on 200 posts - you and me both :-) I love your blog and there's always something different going on in your life. Thank you for sharing.

    Errr.... I'm reading Virginia Andrews, again. I left her behind when I turned 18 but I've been feeling nostalgic lately.

    SSG xxx

  2. I shall be returning here before my next excursion to the library. I DID pick up a Mavis Cheek book and will be at it right after a Peter Mayle novel (The Vintage Caper) that apparently sneaked around me when it came out the end of 2009. I thought I'd read everything he has written!

    I read and enjoyed Loving Frank awhile back. It's about time for a new Maeve Binchy book to come out, isn't it?

    Keep up the reviews and suggestion.

  3. Oh my, what a list of books. I´m so depressed that I am not able to lift even one book. Blogging is my therapy per moment.
    Congratulations for your 200 posts. You are such an optimist, just what I need. Your posts are happy ones. Keep them coming : )

  4. This looks like a fun list. I should print it out and take it to the bookstore. Or wait, on Amazon. BTW, did you know that if you make these links affiliate links you will get some % if we buy? I've never done it, but now, reading these recommendations, I can see that I would love just to click though and get some of these books...

  5. Dear Hostess of the humble bungalow, I am glad to see the Mavis Cheek's Mrs. Fyttons Country life is on your list - it's so funny! I have a "cultural" (re)reading project: bought a postcard collection of the first 100 Penguins - and read them (again) - with quite different eyes now, and everytime I have finished a book, I send the postcard triumphantly to a (book-loving) friend. What I read every year again: "Mapp and Lucia" and the other novels from E.F. Benson (being a member of the E.F.Benson Society at Rye I will be prepared for the quizz); also I reread "E.M.Delafield: The Diary of a Provincial Lady" (hilarious!) and Stella Gibbons Cold Comfort Farm; new books of course, too, e.g. "Mr. Rosenblum's List" by Natasha Solomons". So - I'll stop here - I love to read... Britta

  6. hi leslie,

    congrats on all the posts. that's a lot of work. thank you. i don't find your posts boring at all. instead, i find them soothing. you seem to have such an even pace to your life that i find comforting.


    ps ~ thanks for the reading list. the only one i've read is wonderful tonight. i really liked it.

  7. Oh wow, I found someone else who loves Marcia Willett!! Congratulations on your 200th post!

  8. Oh I love all these suggestions and some new authors to me...I think we live in a wonderful literary many great authors, great books and they are so easy to find at the library, used and new bookstores and online.

    LPC- I did not know about the amazon linking but I am reluctant to add any kind of adverts or sponsors...I am not blogging for any monetary reward just for fun and making connections.

  9. Lovely post Hostess, love hearing what you are reading!Bx