Summer Reading (2016 Edition) Part 2

Summer Reading Part 2

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Part of me cannot believe that it is mid-July! But the hot weather keeps reminding me that we are in the middle of summer.

I know that a lot of people read less in the summer because there is so much more going on in their lives. It varies for me – I go through phases where I would much rather binge watch Orange is the New Black than pick up a book. Or I would rather be outside, hiking or biking in the outdoors than laying around reading. Even when those times hit, I always come back to reading and still can devour books over the summer.

Why? It’s my escape. It’s my place to take time out from the terrible things happening in our world (especially these couple of weeks in the United States). It gives me an excuse to either step into history, to learn something new, or cry over characters that I come to think of as friends. And, if I am reading outside (like, by a pool for example), then I am not lazy, right? This is not to say that I want to be passive to the world around me – I want to do the best that I can to leave the world better than when I arrived. And one way that I try to do that is through sharing my love of reading with you. It keeps me going when I get texts, emails, and comments about people enjoying the blog – trust me, it makes all the difference in me wanting to continue writing. So, thank you!

I gave you my Summer Reading List Part 1 earlier this summer. I have been making my way through those six books (honestly, some with more pleasure than others). Full reviews of each of these are coming soon.

Before that happens, I am excited to give you some more great books to wrap up the summer with – and so you can hopefully read with me!

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Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Liane Moriarty’s stories are always full of surprise – and make the best summer beach reads. I love the characters and the mystery. I can’t wait for this one to come out at the end of July! Find the review here!

Lily and the Octopus, by Steven Rowley
A man and his best friend, Lily, his dog. I have heard great things about the audiobook – so may check that out! Update – find the review here! This is a great one!

You’ll Grow Out of It, by Jessi Klein
Jessi Klein is the head writer for Inside Amy Schumer – so I am pretty confident that this will be a laugh out loud while reading at the beach type of book.

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A Certain Age, by Beatriz Williams
You know how much I love reading Beatriz Williams in the summer. A few weeks ago, I devoured Along the Infinite Sea, and can’t wait to pick up a new one by her and be transported! Review can be found here

Barkskins, by Annie Proulx
This saga about the logging industry and the ecological impact peaked my interest from the moment that I first heard about it. I’m bound for the Olympic Peninsula outside Seattle soon and thinking that being among trees and nature (as well as a long plane ride) might make this the perfect vacation read. Update: tried to read this one, couldn’t get into it after 100 or so pages. Probably not going to finish. 

Radio Girls, by Sarah-Jane Stratford
I needed more than one historical fiction on my second summer reading list. Set in 1926, at the start of the BBC, a young woman gets a job on the radio. I am looking forward to some history lessons as well as being taken to a different time – the beginning of news.

I’m limiting this list to six books because I am not sure how many I will be able to read just this summer. If none of these peak your interest, other books that are high on my list right now are: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi; Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler; The Sea of Tranquility, by Katja Millay; Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel; The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee; and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, by Ken Liu.  I know, it’s a big list – and growing every day with new ones!

Have you read any of these yet? Read with me – let me know what books you love this summer! Is reading your escape too?


Summer Reading (2016 Edition) Part 1

Summer Reading 2016 Part 1

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Summer reading is on my mind in a big way – not only is this weekend a three-day weekend for Memorial Day but I also just returned from an incredible week in Hawaii where it felt like summer.  Admittedly, I did little reading while on the beach in Hawaii because I was way too busy chatting with friends (but we talked about books!), it hasn’t stopped me from making my summer reading list for 2016.

Summer reading is something that was ingrained in my life for as long as I can remember – though my reading list has adapted from reading Jane Eyre before the start of my sophomore year of high school to devouring a combination of beach reads and everything else on my TBR list. Summer is perfect for reading because whether you are on a towel by the beach or in a hammock in the mountains – or simply on your couch enjoying long days, there is just more time. Life slows down a little bit.

Last summer, I recommended these books for your beach reads (and I still stand by these if you have not read them yet!). This year, to kick things off, I have some that I am planning on reading. Later in the summer I will post recommendations and reviews. I want to hear your summer reading list too! What are you packing in your beach bag or downloading on your Kindle?

What Reading Sara TBR Summer List looks like:

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Modern Lovers, by Emma Stroud
I liked The Vacationers (admittedly, I did not love it, but I do like Stroud’s writing style and am excited about her newest release)
update: review here!

The Sound of Glass, by Karen White
White is a renowned author, and this book is a fictional story set in the south involving families, inheritance, and secrets. Sounds like summer to me. Her other novel, Flight Patterns, just came out this week, is also on my TBR list. Update: review here!

Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld
I know I said that I needed a break from the Jane Austen project after being sorely disappointed by Emma – but what can I say? I’m a glutton for Austen stories, and I know I’ll read it this summer.
update: review here!

Girls on Fire, by Robin Wasserman
I have heard a lot about this book lately, so just added it to my TBR list – small rural town, Satan worship, disappearing kids, friendship (maybe more) between two kids… sounds like a good summer book to me!
update: review here!

The Girls, by Emma Cline
It’s about a cult. I can’t wait.
update: review here!

The People in the Trees, by Hanya Yanagihara
This one has long been on my TBR list, and I promise myself I will get to it this summer!

And don’t worry, more wine reviews this summer! I apologize for the slight hiatus, drinking mai tais on the beach got a little distracting – but I am back and excited to read (and drink!) with you! I hope everyone is ready for rosé season and willing to try what is sure to be “the next rosé ” – orange wine! More to come…


Reading Sara’s Fall TBR List

I love fall. I love getting out my boots again, wearing sweaters and the crisp air. Here in Colorado, we have beautiful fall colors as the Aspen trees change from green to gold. Here are a couple of beautiful fall mountain pictures from a few years ago near Crested Butte, Colorado.


Also in fall, I love to read. Summer books are wonderful too – but reading in the fall, curled under a blanket just feels good.

TBR stands for “To Read Books,” essentially a to-do list for book reading, utilized in the blog community (and honestly, maybe other communities as well – I might be out of the loop!).

I have some books that I am really excited about reading this fall, what about you? Again, I love summer books, but in the fall we can get more serious, read longer books, read books that make us laugh, and as the season changes, curl up with a blanket for some quality weekend reading.

After You (Me Before You #2), by JoJo Moyers
Expected Publication: September 25, 2015
Me Before You was the type of book that when I finished it, I immediately re-read it so that I could live with the characters longer. I was not ready to give them up. I found out last week that JoJo Moyers was writing a sequel, and tears pooled in my eyes. I am a fan of JoJo Moyers in general, and have loved many of her books, but Me Before You was a story that has stayed with me and I am so eager to go back to the people and the place and see the aftermath of some big decisions. Also, Me Before You is being made into a movie (with Daenerys Targaryen and Finnick Odair – great characters from Game of Thrones and Hunger Games coming together), so this just adds even more excitement!

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, By Jenny Lawson
Expected Publication: September 25, 2015
I was not an original follower of Jenny Lawson’s blog, but when I discovered her first book I became a huge fan – it was one of those books that I pretty much forced on all of my friends. I am not sure I had ever laughed out loud as much when reading a book – I remember sitting on a beach in Georgia with friends reading Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, and laughing out loud enough that my friend Ashley turned to me asking “What on earth are you reading over there???” She read it shortly after and had similar stories of reading it on the train to work and getting perplexing stares from strangers as she laughed. I have high hopes for lots of laughter from Jenny Lawson’s second book!

Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling
Expected Publication: September 15, 2015
This girl is hard working. She is a brilliant comedian, incredible fashonista and definitely someone that I want to be best friends with. I loved her first book and am super excited for her second.

A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James
Published in October 2014
This has been on my TBR list for awhile now, so I am committing to reading it this fall. It is a fictional exploration of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley . It is available in paperback, but still is over 700 pages – a great fall book to dive into!

The Fiery Cross, by Diana Gabaldon
Published in 2002
I have read the first four books of the Outlander Series (ok, maybe devoured is a better term than read). I needed a break after that, simply because there are too many books that I want to read and needed to read. But fall is a great time to get back into these and the fifth book is the next one for me. Again, not a short book, 1456 pages, so a great fall read.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, by Hunter S. Thompson
I have spent the past week enjoying the beautiful views of Aspen, Colorado, and it has made me realize that I have not read a Hunter S. Thompson book. So, I thought I would start with one of the more famous ones, and fall seems like a great opportunity.

What other fall books are you excited about reading while watching the leaves change? What else do you recommend I add to my list?