Hey girlfriends! Hope that your summer is going GREAT! We’re gearing up for a Girlfriend Getaway next week and pondering what books to pack in our beach bag! We sent a quick note to our girlfriend, Kristine the Librarian. Yes, she’s really a librarian! So cool, right!?! We’ve known her since middle school and still turn to her when we need a good read! She graciously offered to share some of her faves for the summer! Read on!
Have you already planned your summer vacation? I have. My vacations are either jam-packed with activities and sight-seeing or spent sitting in a porch swing looking out over mountains or relaxing by the pool. The latter always involves a….BOOK!
When I am ready to relax, I relax fully. I take this time to clear my mind by reading something entertaining; nothing to heavy, something sweet, probably silly, even funny.
Sit back, yes relax, and check out this summer reading list – there is something for everyone…
I love chick lit. I know it can be fluffy, but, my blood pressure goes down, my lips curl UP, and I sleep through the night (or afternoon). Marian Keyes is a champion of chick lit; her books do deal with heavy subjects such as depression, alcoholism, but reading about this wacky Irish band of sisters will have you stitches – try Watermelon or Rachel’s Holiday. Mary Kay Andrews is another author who’s got this genre pegged; her books are set in the South and there is always some kind of family/friend dysfunction to get you on the “heroine’s” side, like Ladies’ Night or Spring Fever.
On the flip side, how about some dude lit? Nick Hornby, from across the pond, tackles subjects with the right amount of humor and English charm. I like Long Way Down and Juliet, Naked. The Rosie Project, a debut by Graeme Simsion, is a “lookin’ for love” story told through the eyes of Don, a professor who doesn’t catch emotional cues.
If you like to laugh, but like non-fiction, read ANYTHING by David Sedaris. Most of Sedaris’ material comes from his life, and I am very jealous that I can’t “find the funny” the way he does. Give Me Talk Pretty One Day or When You are Engulfed in Flames a read, OR listen to. The World’s Strongest Librarian, by Josh Hanagarne, is a librarian’s life story of dealing with Tourette Syndrome while struggling with his faith (Mormonism) and trying to figure out who he wants to be when he grows up.
I hope you find something on this list that gives you a smile, a chuckle, or a guffaw. No matter what you choose, settle in and read!
Kristine is a Librarian in Central Florida. When not working, she enjoys hiking in Florida and the NC mountains and reading at the beach.