Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer Reading List

Here is my summer reading list:

"Spider Web" by Earlene Fowler ~ another in the Bennie Harper murder mysteries.  Always a winner.  There have been at least a dozen of these all named after quilt block patterns but you really don't have to be a quilter to enjoy them.
They are set in the ranch country of So Calif.  Great set of characters you will become attached to. She's also done a few other books and I really have loved every one. 

"The Help" by Kathryn Stocket ~ This is the only one I have finished so far.  It had been suggested to me by my friend Carolyn in Ft. Lauderdale and I finally got around to picking it up.  I really did love it.  It takes place in the south in the 60's.  And the help are the black maids of the white southern women and the relationships (both good and bad) between them.  It's actually being made into a movie which I will most likely see as well.  There was one part that was a bit over the top but all in all a good read.

"A Single Thread" and "A Thread of Truth" both  by Marie Bostwick ~ She's a new to me author although I think she's done 4 or 5 books already.  I got to meet her a few months back at a quilt show.  She's somewhat local and such a nice person.  We talked for quite some time and I really wanted to get all the books in the series so far. I'm looking forward to reading these.

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"
      by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows ~ Another recommendation, this time from Donna in NC (hey Batman).  Looks like something I would enjoy.

"The Secret Life of Damien Spinelli"  as told to Diane Miller by Carolyn Hennesy ~ okay so here is where I geek out on you.  Damien Spinelli is a character on the soap "General Hospital."  Diane Miller is also a character on GH as well as "Cougar Town."  The actress who plays her is Carolyn Hennesy who actually did write the book.   Anyway... I got it for the novelty and eventually I will read it.  I will say it's pretty much on the bottom of my list.

"Star Island" by Carl Hiaasen ~ Another favorite author.  A south Florida native, I've read almost everything he has written including his young adult books.  He is witty and sarcastic and the things that happen in his books are completely outrageous unless you happen to have lived in South Florida and then trust me, you'll know these crazy people really exist.

"I still Dream About You" by Fannie Flagg ~ Another author I would read anything she's written.  In case the name seems familiar she wrote "Fried Green  Tomatoes" and while the move was wonderful  ~ the book was even better.  I believe I've read everything she's ever written and I'm about half way through this one.  So far, so good.

Well that's my list to get through ~  What's on your list?


Nancy said...

So glad to know Earlene Fowler has a new book out.. will look into it. I've read The Help, and really enjoyed it. The movie is out soon I believe. Carl H... laugh out loud funny. I'm reading Silver Girl.. story of the wife of a scamming investor. Also have Diane Mott Davidson's new title- Crunch Time. Her mystery series features a Colorado caterer who stumbles into mysteries, and always includes recipes. Fun to read. Enjoy your summer reading.

jillytacy said...

I heard The Help was good but haven't gotten it yet. I still haven't read Water for Elephants yet and everyone I know loves that too. I bought it but need time to read it!

Sandra :) said...

Sadly my summer (and fall and winter and spring) reading list seems to consist only of pages that start with http!! My sister bought me The Girl Who series of books as a surprise, and I haven't even cracked them open yet! Sad, really, as I used to borrow 10 books at a time from the library and go through them in just over a week. I miss those days!