Summer Reading

A Summer Treasure Trove of Books

If you’ve ever been beach combing early in the morning after a storm, you know the treasure trove you can discover washed up – a pearly pink shell, a delicate starfish or a piece of soft-edged aquamarine beach glass. You marvel at your lucky find, take another few steps, and find yet another perfect shell.

A treaure trove of lovely new books have been released this year for your summer reading. Along with new reads, let’s not forget the pleasure of re-reading a favorite, picking up that classic you always meant to read, or of reading out of your usual genre. Read a slightly trashy memoir or pick up a book on a whim. Go ahead! It’s summer.

Summer reading can help us travel to exotic locales on a staycation budget, put down the rucksack of day-to-day worries so many of us carry around, and maybe even bring back some of that carefree, summer vacation feeling you got when you were a kid and the last bell of the school year rang.

If you haven’t already made your summer reading picks, you might add these books to the straw tote you carry to the beach/pool/Adirondack chair-in-your-own-backyard. Remember your sunscreen, good sunglasses, an odd-looking hat, and a cold beverage – like a glass of freshly brewed iced tea with fresh mint, or an orange-ginger margarita to protect you from scurvy.

On my list:

All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton FrankThe Rumor by Elin HildebrandThe Color of Light by Emilie Richards, andThe Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry. In the car, the miles fly by when listening to Stuart Woods Hot Pursuit, a suspenseful cat and mouse chase that takes place via private jet. By Disc 3, you’ll be pretty sure you can pilot a Citation, and that you need one.

What friends and colleagues are reading:

Southern author Scarlett Dunn is reading An Autobiography of Theodore RooseveltLegends and Lies by Bill O’Reilly, Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille and Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Author Kristi Rose is reading women’s fiction – mainly Wendy Wax – and doing beta reads for friends in contemporary romance. (Beta readers gives a writer feedback on a completed manuscript before it is submitted)

Author Peggy Payne is reading A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Bossypants by Tina Fey.

Writer friend Donna Everhart is reading Coming Of Age In Mississippi, by Anne Moody and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

What the industry pros suggest:

To round out the list of possibilities, the editors at Garden and Gun recently tweeted their suggestions for summer reading, Publishers Weekly offers their tips for best summer reads and Deep South Magazine adds their picks.

So, what are you reading this summer? Leave me a comment below.

Happy reading!


Susan Schild‘s Southern novel Linny’s Sweet Dream List will be released by Kensington Publishers in January of 2016. This contemporary story features small town life, slightly crazy families, women friends you can’t live without, irksome men, and laundry stealing dogs.

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CC License Photo Attribute: Josué Goge, Lectura Playa,

Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re reading this summer!