My idea of great Summer Reading has three elements: fun, laughter, and travel.
I want to read books that reminds me of places I've been, cities I wish to explore, or a trip I want to make someday. For example: I dream of driving some long ago route like Route 66 or the Lincoln Highway, stopping along the way in little towns to eat at diners and explore their old bookstores, churches and graveyards.
I also like to read about people traveling- if I'm stuck at work, I can at least live vicariously through them!
My Summer Reading List includes stories that make me laugh, no heavy subjects allowed when I am sitting at the beach, or lounging on my porch with a tall, cool libation.
So without further ado, I recommend the following books for fun summer reading:
1. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man- Fannie Flagg
-her first and her very best book in my humble opinion.
2. The Last Original Wife- Dorethea Benton Frank-
I love Charleston, SC and I love her characters. I never stopped laughing.
3. The Accidental Tourist- Anne Tyler-
deserves a re-read this summer. Is there any family as odd as this one?
4. The Pull of the Moon- Elizabeth Berg-
a middle-aged woman runs away to find herself. Nan is so real and I loved traveling with her.
5. Where the Heart Is- Billie Letts-
a young woman abandoned and pregnant, makes a new life for herself among the kind souls in a small, midwestern town.
6. Breakfast with Buddha- Roland Merullo-
the ultimate road trip with a guru.
7. Little Women and Me- Lauren Baratz-Logsted-
time travel to the 1860's.
8. Breathing Lessons- Anne Tyler-
a road trip with this couple turns into a reflection on marriage.
9. A Year in Provence- Peter Mayle-
still one of my all time favorite travel stories.
10. Betsy and the Great World- Maud Hart Lovelace-
this the YA novel that whetted my appetite for seeing the world.
Happy Summer Reading!
Causes Annette Talbert Supports
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, RIF (Reading is Fundamental),
Hands On Foundation, Dignity U Wear, Girls, Inc.