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I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember.  At the age of 5 I vowed I’d be an author when I grew up.  Well, that has yet to happen, but reading is a passion of mine that hasn’t faded.   Summer has always been the time when I’ve read the most.  Whether it’s in the cool air conditioning curled up on the couch during a summer storm, or poolside while getting a tan, books and summer have always gone hand in hand.  Here is a list of a FEW of my all-time favorite books.  If I tried to list all, it’d take forever to write, but these are summer friendly, light reads that go perfectly with sunshine and iced tea. 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is one of those marvelous stories that you’ll find yourself continuously looking back on.  I’m not sure whether it’s Jane’s independent spirit, Rochester’s kind heart, or it’s unapologetically happy ending, but this was a novel that is relatable and near impossible to put down.  It also has strong ‘girl power’ undertones that are relatable to women even today.

His Dark Materials trilogy consist of books that are full of fast-paced fantasy.  I was introduced to The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass in high school and have read them several times since then, and they are even better the second and third time around.  The series chronicle the heroine of the story Lyra Belacqua and her best friend Will Parry and their journey through parallel universes.  Everything from philosophy to physics to theology are covered in these incredibly smart and entertaining books.

If you’re looking for something light, girly, and full of style The Debutante Divorcee is a must read.  Plum Sykes weaves a tale surrounding Sylvie Mortimer, a newly married New York socialite who has a sneaking suspicion her new husband is cheating on her.  As she works to uncover the truth, readers are given an inside look of the lives of the rich and privledged and the name-dropping antics are sure to make you want to do a little shopping of your own.

When you don’t have a lot of time for reading, I love to find a good collection of short stories.  And I absolutely fell in love with Alice Munro’s collection of short stories Too Much Happiness.   The stories Munro tells are deeply moving, and often times disturbing in the way that a good scary movie is.  The characters are strangely real, and the events are those that could happen to anyone.  And the best part is, not one story in the collection was disappointing.

Some of you may scoff, but I highly recommend The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.   Although it’s considered by many to be a children’s book, the lessons it teaches are profound, and are a good reminder on how complex and flawed the human spirit is.  The journey the little prince takes is beautifully written- full of riddles and poetic metaphors. And  an added bonus is the illustrations in the book are drawn by Exupery himself.


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