Between the beds

We’ve barely managed a spring here this year, and so it seems that summer has crept up on me very quickly.   Growing up, summer hours were spent perfecting my back flip at the neighborhood pool, chasing fireflies and friends in the muggy evening heat, and filling every moment in between with a good book.  It never occurred to me as a child that most kids didn’t make bi-weekly visits to the library and come home with shopping bags filled to bursting with books.  While other children were playing softball and chasing down the ice cream truck, I could be found sitting on my bedroom floor hidden between the beds, crying over Little Women.  It was perfection.

With summer imminent, I feel it’s time for the compilation of the summer reading list to commence.  In other words, kindly comment with any and all book suggestions.  This spring I’ve had a particularly good run of books, and I wouldn’t be a true friend if I didn’t share as well.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon– Just delightful. A perfect summer read.

The Swan Thieves– Takes a little effort, but well worth it.  Particularly interesting to art history buffs.

Open House– My first Elizabeth Berg book.  Her attention to detail is amazing.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag– Good gracious, this series is a hoot.  I adore everything about it.

Has anyone read any of these?  Thoughts?



  • deb

    The header photo is simply divine.

    and I haven’t heard of all of these, but trust your advice, so noted. Thank you.

    I have been reading like a crazed woman lately, trying to make up for all the years when I simply couldn’t .

    words are there very own kind of heaven.

  • Stopping by from Chatting at the Sky. Your post today took me back to my childhood because summer to me meant reading too. Even now as an adult, at the beginning of summer I begin my list of summer reads.

    I recently finished “The Memory of Water” by Karen White and am currently reading her latest “On Folly Beach”. I loved the first one and look forward to reading more from her.

    Here are a few more favorites…

    Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Loved the characters in this book and didn’t want it to end.

    I also love all of Lisa Samson’s books. Stories of faith, redemption, and creative character development.

    Thanks for your suggestions!!!

  • Oh, Girl. You are officially on the Berg band-wagon. Ain’t no going back now! You really should read ALL of her books. They are divine…with the possible exception of Range of Motion, but maybe it’s just me. My fave, you ask? True to Form. But truly, I loved them all (almost). 🙂

  • One I read lately that sticks out in my mind is The Birthing House by Ami McKay. Historical, shocking, hilarious, touching….. fabulous.

  • found you from Chatting at the Sky….your newest follower! Love your blog and can’t wait to find out more about you and your sweet family and your life in Switzerland!

  • We just got back from the beach and I read
    The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve. My reading days are brief, but it was a quick and easy read.

  • I hesitated half a second before recommending Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker’s War, 1941-1945.

    The author, Leo Marks, is of the Marks & Co. lineage that owned world-famous bookstores, including 84 Charring Cross Road.

    What comes across in his writing – his love of language, literary heritage, humor, humility, his sense of purpose, and his mature appreciation for what his youthful naivete made possible.

    In light of the gravity of the subject matter, I’m most grateful that he evoked a sense of urgency around the work by focusing on the gallantry, serendipity, and innovation behind their success. And grateful again for his sense of humor.

  • hi there…I found your blog from Chatting at the Sky and when I saw the header photo I thought: that is NOT the states…and I was right. I live in Romania…
    Love the few posts I read…esp about bringing things over from the states. 🙂

  • Jen

    Found you from Chatting at the Sky! Just wanted to say that I LOVE Elizabeth Berg. Be sure to read ALL Of her books. Also LOVE Anita Shreve and Chris Bohjalian. If you like Berg, you will enjoy those too! Happy summer!

  • [Over from Chatting at the Sky. Got there from (in)Courage.]

    I am *such* a book lover!

    Oooooo, Elisabeth Berg is a master with words. I love her.

    I *highly* recommend Charles Martin, author of several novels, but his newest is The Mountain Between Us and I.couldn’ He pens an excellent story, and his characters are rich with life.

    I noticed someone else recommended Lisa Samson. My favorite of hers is Quaker Summer.

    Fun to get new recommendations from you and others, too! Thank you!