Monday, April 26, 2010

The Updated Book Club

Speaking of summer reading, I have a great idea for you ladies. (Do any men actually read this blog?)

Book clubs are fun, but it can be really difficult to agree on a book that everyone wants to read, and then of course, to find the time to read the book. A couple months ago I had an idea to have a "Summer Reading List" party. Instead of having one specific book to read, get a bunch of friends together to discuss summer reading recommendations. Everyone make a list of books that they think others would enjoy. Bring food and spend an evening talking about favorite reads. Everyone goes home with their own new list.

My friend Jessica was nice enough to host our "Summer Reading List Party" at her gorgeous home. Everyone brought delicious food and their book recommendations. Jessica set up a "swap table" for any one who wanted to bring books to trade. (Four of the guests are weeks away from giving birth. I'm so glad in not pregnant.)



It was a great time and I have a list of 10 books I want to have done by September. Thanks ladies!

What books would you recommend for a summer reading list???


Update- I probably should have thought to do this earlier, but here are the books I recommended. Not necessarily my favorite books of all time, but books I really enjoyed reading - I did star (****) my very favorite reads in the list.





French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure

These are the books I am planning on reading this summer- 










Right now I'm reading On Folly Beach. I'll review it next month. It hasn't been released yet... (ah the perks of blogging!) but you can pick it up on May 4th. Read it and we can discuss! It's great so far. I read for an hour and a half in the bath last night. With chocolate. Bliss. 




18 PEOPLE HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY:


Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...
Fun idea! I want to see your new list :) I am always looking for a new book to read.
Brit said...
I'd love to hear a few titles! I have a book club with some of my friends and we're always interested in what's out there that moms enjoy. Please post or e-mail me! :) blelmer22@yahoo.com
S Club Mama said...
Water for Elephants Hunger Games triology (the 3rd book is due out in Sept.) Plan B Run Like a Mother Will you do a post with your recommendations?
Life With the Crazies said...
The Help by Kathryn Sockett... I couldn't put it down, even though it is super long, I loved it!!!
Kytsmom said...
French Women don't get Fat. I read it every summertime. It gets me excited for Farmer's Markets and having friends over for fresh food!
Natalie Jane said...
LOVE that book! It was on my list of recommendations! Makes me want to bake a baguette....
Modern Crush said...
I spy THE HOST!!! Ahh, I do love that book... happy reading! xo
Nickie said...
I love reading in the bath....Sometimes if I am finishing a book I could be in the for hours. My daughter loves the Hunger Games. She keeps begging me to read it. I just might have to read it on vacation this year. Thanks for the list.
Stacy said...
I'd definitely recommend The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, and Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster.
Nama said...
Thanks for putting up this list! I love that you included a Laurie Nataro book...she's hilarious, and I love her books as fun, light reads that you can pick up randomly when you need a good laugh. :) Also, I love Ender's Game. Have you read Speaker for the Dead? I absolutely love that book, and you should totally read it!
sara said...
I love LOVE this idea!!! Whenever I can get my act together and plan a party, that's the one for sure! It might be lame at this point, but The Time Traveler's Wife is on my top five books of all time list. Perfect read for any season, especially summer! Currently, I'm reading Let The Great World Spin by, Colum McCann. It's good so far.
Natalie Jane said...
Nama - I've read the entire Ender's series several times. Have you read the one that came out a couple years ago? I thought it was just so so. The rest I LOVED!
Gilbert Family said...
Please tell me that you plan on reading Catching Fire (second book to Hunger Games)! I love those books...so entertaining!
Natalie Jane said...
LOVED Catching Fire! Can't wait for the next one!!!!
Nickie said...
I just ordered the third Hunger Games. It comes out August 24th.
kanishk said...
I am always looking for a new book to read. post free classified ads
Heileson Family said...
I am a huge reader. I read 8 books in April. I love to read. I have read most of your titles. A few were harder to get into than others. Oh I have so many I loved though. You should go to www.goodreads.com and set up an account and then all of your friends can see what you are reading and they are reading. You can make tons of comments on the books too. I love it because I can see what people are reading and then mark that I want to read the books as well. It is a nice way to find out about new books. Check it out. I love it and then when you sign up we can be reading friends too.
Natalie Jane said...
I'm on Goodreads and I will make sure to look you up!

18 comments:

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Fun idea! I want to see your new list :) I am always looking for a new book to read.

Brit said...

I'd love to hear a few titles! I have a book club with some of my friends and we're always interested in what's out there that moms enjoy. Please post or e-mail me! :)
blelmer22@yahoo.com

S Club Mama said...

Water for Elephants
Hunger Games triology (the 3rd book is due out in Sept.)
Plan B
Run Like a Mother

Will you do a post with your recommendations?

Life With the Crazies said...

The Help by Kathryn Sockett... I couldn't put it down, even though it is super long, I loved it!!!

Kytsmom said...

French Women don't get Fat. I read it every summertime. It gets me excited for Farmer's Markets and having friends over for fresh food!

Natalie Jane said...

LOVE that book! It was on my list of recommendations! Makes me want to bake a baguette....

Modern Crush said...

I spy THE HOST!!! Ahh, I do love that book... happy reading! xo

Nickie said...

I love reading in the bath....Sometimes if I am finishing a book I could be in the for hours. My daughter loves the Hunger Games. She keeps begging me to read it. I just might have to read it on vacation this year. Thanks for the list.

Stacy said...

I'd definitely recommend The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, and Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster.

Nama said...

Thanks for putting up this list! I love that you included a Laurie Nataro book...she's hilarious, and I love her books as fun, light reads that you can pick up randomly when you need a good laugh. :)

Also, I love Ender's Game. Have you read Speaker for the Dead? I absolutely love that book, and you should totally read it!

sara said...

I love LOVE this idea!!! Whenever I can get my act together and plan a party, that's the one for sure!
It might be lame at this point, but The Time Traveler's Wife is on my top five books of all time list. Perfect read for any season, especially summer!
Currently, I'm reading Let The Great World Spin by, Colum McCann. It's good so far.

Natalie Jane said...

Nama - I've read the entire Ender's series several times. Have you read the one that came out a couple years ago? I thought it was just so so. The rest I LOVED!

Gilbert Family said...

Please tell me that you plan on reading Catching Fire (second book to Hunger Games)! I love those books...so entertaining!

Natalie Jane said...

LOVED Catching Fire! Can't wait for the next one!!!!

Nickie said...

I just ordered the third Hunger Games. It comes out August 24th.

kanishk said...

I am always looking for a new book to read.
post free classified ads

Heileson Family said...

I am a huge reader. I read 8 books in April. I love to read. I have read most of your titles. A few were harder to get into than others. Oh I have so many I loved though. You should go to www.goodreads.com and set up an account and then all of your friends can see what you are reading and they are reading. You can make tons of comments on the books too. I love it because I can see what people are reading and then mark that I want to read the books as well. It is a nice way to find out about new books. Check it out. I love it and then when you sign up we can be reading friends too.

Natalie Jane said...

I'm on Goodreads and I will make sure to look you up!

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