summer is now upon us, and i bet you are gathering books to read on lazy days. here's a list of authors and books that i read and reread a lot:
i discovered jennifer weiner about 5 years ago. aside from being a cool girl from philly, many of her books' heroine's are ladies of, ahem, size like me. my favorite book is little earthquakes.
incidentally, she has a new television series airing this summer called state of georgia starring raven simone. should be interesting!
who doesn't love harry potter?! i got hooked on harry after goblet of fire released in paperback (that's a dang long time!) and received the subsequent books the first day of release (thanks, amazon). of course, part 2 of the deathly hallows comes out in a month, so you can bet i'll be there!
while i love the movies and their dazzling effects, you just can't beat the rich details of the books. i think i enjoy imagining the characters and they usually are more exciting than any movie scene, in my imagination!
i read torey hayden's somebody else's kids as a reading requirement for a psychology class my last semester of college (exceptional children). torey was a special education teacher and psychologist in a former life, and she shared her experiences in this books. as a former social worker, i related to the stories and struggles of the children she worked with. if you are a teacher or work with children, i highly recommend her books.
i read douglas coupland's shampoo planet after my first year in college (nearly 20 years ago!) and was instantly addicted. i related to his stories on gen X'ers and devoured his books as they were released. two of my favorite books are microserfs and girlfriend in a coma.
ah, judy blume. she was the beacon of coolness to us girls who grew up in the 70s and 80s (and beyond). i read those books to rags (as evidenced that i had to buy all new "fudge" books for the boy as all of mine were missing covers and back pages). she wrote about the hard things - periods, divorce, race relations - and above all friendships. she has a few grown-up books - one of my favorites (and totally appropriate for beach reading) is summer sisters. she hasn't written any adult novels for over a decade - it's time for a new one!
i also read a lot of oldies but goodies.
i must have half a dozen versions of the diary of anne frank, including a biography. nearly 30 years later, i love anne and her musings. after reading her words, i still wonder what kind of woman she would have grown up to be.
i picked up a copy of a tree grows in brooklyn by betty smith in a used bookstore for 50 cents many years ago. i read that book until it literally disintegrated. i also love joy in the morning - it's a little more obscure, but the story is dreamy.
i also love the little house books and reread these often. i sorta named my daughter after laura ingalls wilder, that's how much of a fan i am. (no really, she's named after a great great aunt. who incidentally was named laura).
i adore the tori miracle mystery novels by valerie malmont. i think i borrow these books at least once a year from my library to the point that i'm considering buying a set for myself. the author is another PA author, a native of chambersburg, and i enjoy imagining the area she writes about, which isn't very far from where i live.
i also reread the alphabet mysteries/murders of sue grafton at least once a year. i'm mostly through them now, i have to read b, c, d and e yet. kinsey millhone is such a kickass gal, and i also enjoy imagining what her hometown looks like (it's based on real life santa barbara). i wish i had her little apartment as my knit nook!
i guess you can tell i'm quite a bookworm! if i'm not knitting, i'm reading! i hope one of my favorites becomes one of yours!
the kids and i will be going to the library this year, as they have summer programming with stories, games, eats and crafts. i missed taking the kids last year becos i was sick and it was so ungodly hot, but this year i plan on taking the kids all week (!!) this should be interesting, chasing after the kiddos in a library!