I’ve read 28 toward my goal of 50 books this year.  Not too bad since that puts me ahead of schedule, but I still have so many more that are impatiently waiting to be read.

No books are completely forgettable, but I definitely have read some books this year that I haven’t been able to forget about.  So, in case you are looking for a great book to take to the beach or on vacation or just read while your kids are splashing around in the pool or playing in the back yard, these are my favorites so far this year.

FAVORITE BOOK READ FOR MY OWN ENJOYMENT

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
See my review, HERE.

FAVORITE BOOK READ FOR REVIEW PURPOSES

Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter by Melissa Francis
See my review, HERE.

FAVORITE NON-FICTION

Iconic Spirits by Mark Spivak
See my review, HERE.

FAVORITE BOOK CLUB BOOK


This one was a tie, two very different books about two distinctly different historical events and I loved both of them equally.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
See my review, HERE.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
See my review, HERE.

I highly recommend any of these books to fill your summer reading list.

Soon we will be going on our own vacation and I am hoping for LOTS of beach reading time.  The books I am looking forward to reading in the next weeks include:

And the Mountains Echoed by Kahled Hosseini
This is our book club choice for the month.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
We have already chosen this as our next book club choice since we won copies of them for our book club.

Paperboy by Vince Vawter
This is one for my own enjoyment.  I have to work those in too. Since it is a YA novel, I’m hoping the boys will read it too.

Firebug by Daniel Berenson
Review request from the author

The Mapmaker’s War: A Legend by Ronlyn Domingue
Review request for publisher

Looks like I have some excellent reading ahead.  Let me know if you read any of these books and what you think of them!


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