Thursday, May 24, 2012

Well Read

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Good morning, loves!  And happy Thursday! It's my last full day of the work week and I'm pretty happy about it.  Getting all excited about my trip to the beach house tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking about the beach house, there's something that I'm hoping to get to do much more of this summer.  And that is read.  The title of the post is actually a joke because well read is something that I am not.  Between working a full time job, blogging, and you know, just LIFE, I find there is little or no time left to read. 

Luckily {or unluckily, depending on how you feel about such things...} I have very poor internet connectivity on the island so I should have plenty of time on my hands to delve into a few good books over the course of the summer.  But the question is...which books??? 

I really need your help.  Which books do I have to read this summer?  Granted the last book I think I read was a Shopaholic or Something Borrowed, Something Blue {yeah I'm a little embarrassed to admit that}, so you can see it's been a while and my usual reads are something light and beachy.  But I'm willing to venture outside of this genre and try something new if you think I should. 

Thanks in advance for your help, sweets! 

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

xoxo

Images: 1, 2, 3 All images edited by The Alternative Wife
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36 comments:

DiamondsandTulle said...

Hi Dawn! Yup, reading somehow only seems to get done on vacations these days right? Have your read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See? The sequel (Dreams of Joy) was the last book I finished I think! Before that was The Help I think. That's a great (and funny) read for the weekend!
I have yet to start reading The Hunger Games - though that one seems like a good 1-2 day read!
Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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The Dainty Dolls House said...

I hope you have a great time!! I love reading, but lately I've just been reading art books. So, I'm not sure what new ones there are. The Help does look interesting. I sometimes like to re-read Oscar Wilde when I'm relaxing too :) Have a fun time!! xox

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Debby Steele said...

I love all of the Erin Hildenbrand books for a beach read. She is a Nantucket author and all of the settings take place on the island. You feel like you live there when you read her books. Right now I am reading Fifty Shades of Grey because I had to see what all the hype was about. Not the best written book but it will have you hooked. xo

classiq said...

You definitely have to take advantage of the poor internet connectivity on the island. I try to make a habit of no internet on weekends. And that's a great opportunity to catch up on your reading. Reading is my first passion and lately I've been drawn more to autobiographies and fashion and film books, the latest I read on the subject were 'Jean Renoir: My Life and My Films' and Alan Alda's 'Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself', but I also re-read Nabokov's 'Lolita' and next on the list is Karen Blixen's 'Out of Africa'. xo
Ada

The enchanted home said...

I second Debbys nod to Erins books, they are perfect for the beach, light, easy and entertaining, "take you away" kind of books, The Paris wife is what i read last and I really enjoyed it and dont know if you read Cutting for Stone, highly recommend it. Have a few on my nightstand but haven't touched them so cannot recommend them...happy reading and have a wonderful weekend.
PS Think its a GREAT thing that the reception is limited:)

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Im going to be boring and say Fifty Shades of Grey, yes not greatly written but very good read. The Hunger Games is also very good, I saw it has already been recommended by Vivian.
Not sure if you have read them but The Help and One Day are also very good. If you like crime novels, I love Karin Slaughter, very entertaining.
Let us know what you decide!

Samantha Green said...

Definitely The Help & One Day.
I also loved The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
The Hunger Games are easy reads and enjoyable.
For a true girlie read, I fell in love with the gardener in The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella haha :)
Enjoy your long weekend! xx

Adeola Naomi said...

I always love reading, have been doing alot of it lately and also looking forward to summer to read on the beach too.
Have a great weekend dear.
xoxo

Adele said...

I'd recommend the The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo & the subsequent 2 sequels that make up the millenium trilogy...couldn't put them down, especially book 2!
Have fun at the beach house :)
Happy Thursday Hun xoxo
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livesimplybyannie said...

This is perhaps not fair of me being that I haven't actually read it myself yet, but: My sister called me from Barnes and Noble the other day in need of recommendations. I told her to check out "The Happiness Project" because I have just heard so many great things. She bought it, is loving it, and has promised to send it to me as soon as she's done! So...may be worth your looking into as well. :)

rolala said...

It is hard to find time to read these days when life is just happening. I really enjoyed Tina Fey's autobiography Bossy Pants. Also Heart of the Matter by Emily Griffin - same author as Something Borrowed and I'm a big fan of Lisa See's works.

Hope your work day breezes by quickly today! Enjoy your long weekend at the beach house!

Yes I'm feeling way better now. Thanks Dawn!

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Inner-Outer Beauty said...

Great topic! I love reading, everything from deeper books to very light and shallow:) If you are looking for simple, chic lit, page turners etc, I think the best are from Tasmina Perry, e.g Guilty Pleasures. She knows how to write and you cannot stop reading. And the millieus are fab, this one is set in London and the fashion and glossy magazine world (the author used to work at InStyle Magazine:). Have fun! Xoxo

Dancing Branflake said...

Outlander. Do it and have your life changed.

Laura said...

Oooo I need book suggestions too so I'm taking in what everyone is suggesting above.

Alexa said...

I have a wide range of books I like. I would recommend The River of Doubt (Theodore Roosevelt's INSANE boating trip in the Amazon). Seriously unbelievable story, can't believe it's true. The Paris Wife (I have a love affair with Paris) and this book made me feel like I traveled back in time. I'm currently reading 50 Shades of Grey...which is a quick read, I'm still not sure about it. It's steamy and sexy and all...but I'm not really in love with the characters and it's hard for me to read about characters I'm not thrilled about. I have In The Garden of the Beasts coming in the mail - which is supposed to be amazing. I'm a history fanatic though, so not sure if that's your cup of tea. :) Happy Reading!

Katie said...

I see a lot of my recommendations on here already :) The Help, One Day, Water for Elephants, Bossy Pants - have fun!

toi said...

I am reading One Day by David Nicholls and it seems a well read :)

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

I am totally embarrassed by my lack of reading as well...I don't even have a recommendation, isn't that pathetic??? I think the last things I read was the Hunger Games series...yep...it's a sad, sad situation! (c: Have fun at the beach house, girl!

Elizabeth {Ms Classic Glamour} said...

Sounds Lovely! Unfortunately, I haven't been reading much either. But I do enjoy a good book when I come across one. Please let us know what you end up reading and whether you liked it... would love to hear about it!
Have a beautiful weekend!
xoxo

SabinePsynopsis said...

I've finally caved in to 'Game of Thrones' and it's everything you want from a summer read - totally gripping. And the best... there's book 2 and 3 and 4... xoxo

With love... said...

I just read Boomerang....yep bit of a business read, but quite funny on the cultural stuff.
Enjoy the weekend. xx

annie said...

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Mrs. Pancakes said...

I so need to do some reading too!! I'm trying to read A new earth by elkhart tolle for months..I think that's the spelling!

B. in the Know said...

Oh I love reading, too, but feel like I have not had a lot of time to do it recently. I still really want to read Blink, Tipping Point and Outliers - I love books like that. I also have heard amazing things about The Hunger Games from grown adults, so I kind of want to check those out. Though, I find myself being drawn back to one of my favs - Eat, Pray, Love - it is the perfect book to read sitting on the beach and I am just craving travel like that!
Much love,
B

Tere Ávila said...

great post honey, i really love this house!
xx

Maria at inredningsvis.se said...

I love to read real books not the ones you listen to:)Its the same thing to get a real hand written letter and not just mails. I think we must remember the genuin things in life and not get lost in cyberspace.
Beauty is in simplicity

LOVE M

Lonely Wife Project said...

Read Summer Sisters by Judy Blume (it's part of her adult series). You won't regret it!

Tamra {ever swoon} said...

Def the girl with the dragon tattoo series!! I might have to crash your beach house this summer. I just sounds so heavenly! no internet?

honey my heart said...

hope you enjoy the time at the beach house!! i don't really have any books to recommend but i hope you find something great.

M.E said...

I'm a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella, I devoured her last book in 2 days, you should read it it's good fun it's called I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER :) Have a great beach weekend!!!


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LyddieGal said...

I hope you really enjoy your weekend!
And I read something borrowed EVERY summer. I love it. I just go to the beach and sit and read it all day.
No guilt!
Chic on the Cheap

design elements said...

gorgeous images, Dawn! I love that Revolution book. Happy Friday and big hugs to you

Maria

LatteLisa LisaHjalt said...

I think you would enjoy reading 'One Day' on the beach, I think it's the perfect beach read. I also loved a book called 'The History of Love' by Nicole Krauss, it's so beautiful. I've also heard great things about 'The Shadow Of The Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, which I plan to read this summer.

I'm with Ada on the autobiographies. It's wonderful to get lost in a really good one. On my list this summer is Diane Von Furstenberg's 'A Signature Life'

Leslie said...

These are all great recommendations! I've read the Girl With the D. T and The Paris Wife. Like Debby, I'm reading 50 Shades of Grey to see what the deal is with that. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is also very good.

leslie

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