Summer Reading List – 15 Summer Reads for 2013

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Summer Reading List 2013

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I’m bringing back my summer reading list this year! Which books are you reading?

My (Un)official Summer Reading List of 2013

1. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. I’ve shied away from Hosseini after reading The Kite Runner years ago (which was very good, but so, so depressing). I’m glad I decided to give him another chance, though. I’m halfway through And the Mountains Echoed and it’s well worth the read!

2. All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue – I didn’t grow up in Philly, but now that I’m here, I’ve definitely learned the importance of the tradition of going “down the shore” in the summers. I love that Donohue used her own experiences living in Philadelphia and visiting the New Jersey shore (Avalon, to be exact) to write this new novel. Sounds like a perfect summer read.

3. The Repeat Year by Andrea Lochen – I’m particularly excited to read this debut novel from Lochen, set in Madison, Wisconsin. What would you do, if given the chance to relive the past? Would you make different choices? That’s the dilemma that protagonist Olive Watson faces.

4. Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich – This series is my go-to ultimate beach reading. I haven’t made it through the whole series. I usually save them for summer and read a few over the course of those few months.

5. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld – I really enjoyed Sittenfeld’s previous novels (Prep and American Wife), so I’m looking forward to seeing what she has in store for us next!

6. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – Here’s another one that looks good – and light enough to make it a good pick for the beach. A mother disappears and her daughter pieces together clues to search for her – and yet, this is still somehow billed as a comedy. I’ll bite.

7. The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian – Bohjalian almost always makes it to my “must-read” list. This time he offers up a literary thriller set in the 1950s, in the post-war Italian countryside. Out July 9.

8. Wonder by R.J. Palacio – I’ve heard so many great things about this (technically YA) novel and am looking forward to sitting down with it myself!

9. Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson – This is an oldie (from 2009), but if you haven’t read it yet, be sure to toss it in your beach bag. On our recent beach trip, I read this one from start to finish in a few hours (half a day on the beach). This is what they’re talking about when you hear a good beach read!

10. Fly Away by Kristin Hannah – This is a follow-up novel to her earlier Firefly Lane, where we catch up with Tully Hart after her best friend Kate Ryan (the other half of TullyandKate in Firefly Lane) passes away and Tully works to be there for Kate’s kids.

11. Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt – Single mother Ava rents a house with her 12-year-old son in the suburbs of Boston. When her son’s friend eventually disappears, her neighbors cast a critical eye on Ava.

True (or mostly true) stories for summer reading:

**This is another holdout from last year, that I plan to read this year.
12. Wild by Cheryl Strayed – This memoir is the book that’s relaunching Oprah’s Book Club. The book club’s going digital this time around, so if you buy the Kindle version, you’ll get to see exclusive content, including a reading group guide and Oprah’s personal notes.

13. Confessions of a Prairie B—-: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated – I can’t wait to dig into this memoir from Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie Oleson in the TV version of Little House on the Prairie. Looks to be a funny, well-written look into the little girl behind those perfect ringlet pigtails.

Catching up on the classics (summer reading):

*Why yes, these ARE the same as last summer’s selection in the classics section. I did not make it to these last year, so I’m keeping them on the list and hoping to get to them this year.*

14.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – This may be my year to dig into this meaty classic and actually finish it! It may not be your typical summer reading choice, but my goal is to finish before November, when the newest remake (with Keira Knightley) hits theaters. The translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky has been sitting on my bookshelf for years. And yes, it was once an Oprah selection. 😉

15. Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole – As soon as I read that Zach Galifianakis may be on board for the film version, this title went back on my To-Read list. The film adaptation of this classic has been a long time coming and has run into problems before, so I’m not holding my breath yet. Instead… I’ll just be over here reading.


I’d love to hear what you have on your summer reading list, too!


  1. Janet N. says

    I love the Stephanie Plum series! Fun, light reading. On a car trip I got books on disk, and even Pat liked it and has read a few.

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