Summer Reading

I have finally been back to reading, funny how that happens when you turn off the tv.  Even in this heat wave it is a pleasure to sit on the front porch and get lost in a book.

summer books

I have all but given up on reading on my iPad, though I did manage to enjoy a few good (fluffy) books on a long weekend away…

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

Real Life & Liars by Kristina Riggle

An Economists Gets Lunch by Tyler Cowan

Major downsides to reading on the iPad 1) popular for thieves on the ‘L’ so not great for commuting 2) I can’t read the screen with my sunglasses on 3) online distractions, easy to jump into email, Facebook, feed reading.  Pros 1) It does make bedtime reading convenient though since you don’t need a bedside light on 2) great for travel 3) buying books is easy.  Overall I prefer a book, and I’d rather peruse an actual bookstore or the library to find a book.  While buying books on the Kindle is easy, finding books to buy is hard.

The rest of the list…

South of Superior by Ellen Airgood

Rena’s Promise by Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam

Can I get An Amen by Sarah Healy

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

How to Eat A Cupcake by Meg Donohue

A few fluff reads, a few serious ones.  Some of these are first novels for the author.  All of them were enjoyable.  Time to get to the library for some new books!

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  1. Aimee says:

    Thanks for sharing Jacky. I am always looking for reading suggestions. My coworker just finished Rena’s Promise. She was so moved by the story. As much as I love technology I’m a book girl at heart. Which was your favorite in the list above?

    • Jacky Hackett says:

      Rena’s Promise was bar far my favorite, I read it in a few days and was sad to have it end. How to Eat A Cupcake and Real Life & Liars were my next favorite, I like when stories don’t necessarily tie up nice in a bow. Arranged was cute, fluffiest read of the bunch.

  2. Jackie @ The Beeroness says:

    I love the Glass Castle. Such a great book. I just finished Blood Bones & Butter and just started Yes, Chef and I adore them both. I love two great books back to back, seems to be more and more rare in my life these days!

    • Jacky Hackett says:

      I read Blood Bones & Butter before summer. LOVED it, I can’t wait to visit her restaurant when I head to NYC later this year. I was in a bad rut for awhile on my book picks, glad I found so many to enjoy all at once.

  3. Anita at Hungry Couple says:

    I also love to read and always have a book going. Although I love the look and touch and feel of actual books, I finally gave in to convenience when Brian bought me a Kindle for my birthday last year. The ability to have the book instantly and to carry around a “few” in my purse is pretty awesome and I love that the public library now has e-books. My Kindle doesn’t have internet access so no distraction possible. I just get engrossed in the story.

    • Jacky Hackett says:

      I think I would like the Kindle much better than the iPad; size, screen, convenience. Just can’t bring myself to buy one at this point. The Kindle Fire looks pretty cool!

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