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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Good Summer Reads

Wrote this post awhile back and thought it would be great for Amanda’s Dishing It party! Head on over to Serenity Now for more post full with good summer reads!
3704901_a37e9560fd[1]It’s that time of year, the kiddos are getting out of school, vacations are being booked, and a good read is calling your name. I’m always on the hunt for a good book. I’m a self diagnosed adult with ADD so it takes a lot to grab my attention and pull me in. I thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite summer reads. I’m sure there are other peeps out there looking for a good book as well so let’s pull together and give each other a few suggestions!

Some of you may have seen my post about The Night Huntress Series. They have to be at the top of my list! Loved these books!! My Mom who has never touched a vampire romance novel loved them as well. They’ve made their way to all the ladies in my family and even touch the night stand of a few of my friends. Just to warn you……once you start reading you cannot put them down! To read more about these books click HERE.

0767905180[1] Jemima J is another one that sucked me in. I finished this book in 1 day! I started and literally could not put it down. I’ve never read a whole book in one day so that says a lot. It’s a story about a girl who struggles with a weight problem, how she deals with it and over comes it. I know it sounds a bit dramatic but it’s actually very funny! It pulls at your heart and your funny bone at the same time! To read more about this book click HERE

SomethingBlue[1]        SomethingBorrowed[1]
I’ve read Something Blue but have not read Something Barrowed……..yet. I plan to because I really enjoyed the first novel. Something Blue is an easy read and a page turner. It’s a great lying by pool type of book! Click Here to read more about Something Blue and Here to read more about Something Borrowed.

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas: Book Cover
Lately I’ve enjoyed listening to audio books downloaded for FREE from my local library. That’s right I said FREE!!! I load them onto my MP3 put my ear buds in and go to town. Something about listening to an audio book while I buy groceries at Wally World a.k.a. Wal-Mart makes it more of an enjoyable experience. I listen to audio books while I workout, clean house, and during long commutes! I just finished Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas. It was a great book full of romance, funny moments, and southern hospitality! To read more about this book click HERE

Tips to find these books and others for lower cost or free!
1. Don’t forget about your local library. If they don’t have it in stock some libraries will allow you to request it online and will bring it in from another branch.
2. Half Price Books: I get most of my books at Half Price Books. If you don’t have one in your area look for another local discount book store.
3. A data base of fellow bookies who want to trade books. You just enter the books you want to get rid of and the books that you’re looking for. Swapteee will match with someone who wants to swap for a book you have. You print out postage and mail your book. Super easy and a great way to save!
5. Goodwill: It may take some time to look through all the unorganized books but you can really find some great recently released books and for .49 cents for a paperback……you can’t beat that (unless it’s free)!
6. Host a book swap with friends and family: Pick a local location and have everyone bring books that they are willing to part with. It’s a great excuse for a ladies night and you can leave with a few new to you books.
Now it’s your turn: In your comment tell us the title of your favorite books and why you enjoyed them.


  1. I loved Jemima J too! I would love to read it again. I haven't read any of the books by Emily Giffin, but they are on my to-read list! Hope you have a great day! ~Andrea

  2. I am literally HOOKED on audiobooks in the summer because I can download them wirelessly from our local library to my iPod and then listen to them while gardening, cleaning, at the beach, or relaxing in the yard.

    I pretty much like fluff reads in the summer since I am listening to the books AND doing something else at the same time. I LOVED The Shop on Blossom Street Series by Debbie Macomber. Also anything from Sophie Kinsella!

  3. love the Cat and Spike stories! (isnt that his name? i cannot remember for sure, but i know when i read them I always see Spike from Buffy in my mind)
    Just read the latest Sookie Stackhouse book, and it was great. Leading up to more stuff going on in future volumes.
    Might try the Something Blue, looks interesting!
    I work in a library, so it is more than easy to at least put my name on the waiting list for all sorts of good things!

  4. oops....approval??? sorry if i posted about six notes...I kept getting interrupted, and thought that I had lost them before sending....

  5. will try Something Blue! Love the Night Huntress,but not sure where they can take it from here....have you read the latest Sookie Stackouse book? very good!

  6. I loved Jemima J! emily Griffin is another favorite too. I just ordered Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner so I'll let you know if it's good! I used to read ALL.THE.TIME. but it's hard now with a toddler. She wants to grab and rip out the pages of the book :)

  7. Thanks for the book recs! I'll have to check a couple of those out.

  8. Thanks for sharing these great books. I can't wait to read the Jane Green One!

    Thanks again!

  9. I love Emily Giffin! I've read all her books and am now on her latest, Heart of the Matter. She is so great at writing chick lit but also with deeper emotional stuff in there.

  10. i love all the heather wells books by meg cabot. who wouldnt want to read a book that is called size 12 isnt fat?!

  11. Emily Giffin and Jane Green are always good for relaxing reads. Right now, I'm finishing Eric van Lustbader's "The Bourne Betrayal." My husband's reading "The Bourne Sanction" at the same time... :)

  12. So funny, b/c my post for tomorrow is basically an echo of what you ended with here. ;)

    I loved Jemima J. My sister lent it to me ages ago, and it was a good quick read. Have not read the Jeanine Frost books, but they look intriguing. Did you know that Something Borrowed was the first book in the "series"? It will make sense after you read it. Giffin mentions some of the characters in her later books too. :)

    Thanks so much for joining the party, and for your comment. :)

  13. Love Emily Griffin too- Thanks for all the book 'thrifting' ideas!

  14. I just recently heard of Jemima J and wondered about it...may need to look into getting this one. I also want to start reading some Emily Griffin books. And as someone who is always into frugal ideas, I love your list of ways to get cheap books :)
    Stopping by from Amanda's party

  15. I loved audio books for long trips without my Hubby - when those used to happen. With four kids, I don't do that anymore.

    I think I might have to read Jemima J. Sounds like it's right up my alley! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Thanks for the book finding tips. I haven't heard of swaptree, but I think I am gonna check it out. I have several books I am ready to get rid of. I am definitely checking out Night Huntress. I like the vampire/supernatural books right now. I don't know if you like that too, but a couple that I have recently read and really enjoyed are The Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison (the cover art is very similar to the Huntress). It is about a witch who is trying to make it on her own as a bounty hunter. She lives with a vampire in a church with a bunch of pixies. In each book Rachel finds out more about herself and her link to everyone around her in the super natural world. I got really hooked on these books. I actually listened to about half of them and read the others. Hope you have a great summer filled with reading!!

  17. I love Emily Giffin! I love her books so much that I actually bought them instead of just checking them out from the library! The Jane Green book looks really good to! Thanks for the great recommendations!

  18. Just stopping by from Amanada's Dishing It party! I love fantasy books so I will have to check out the Night Huntress Series! I've also seen the Emily Griffin books and thought of reading them several times...I think I will try them too! I missed Amanda's deadline, but I still did my post at

  19. Jemima J was on my recommended list too! I love that book.

  20. That book swap idea sounds good! We use the library all the time and can usually order what we want to read. Another cheap on is (they have hard covers too).

    Stopping by from "Dishing It" but I was too late to link up but did a post anyway:


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