Savannah Page’s Nightstand
Savannah Page is an American expatriate indie author living in Berlin, Germany. She’s the author of six chick lit novels in her When Girlfriends… Collection: When Girlfriends Let Go, When Girlfriends Take Chances, When Girlfriends Chase Dreams, When Girlfriends Make Choices, When Girlfriends Step Up, and When Girlfriends Break Hearts. She is also the author of the personal / travel narrative, Bumped to Berlin. Here she shares her summer reads…
Summer is one of those times many of us find our noses in a book more often than usual, our nightstands (or poolside tables) stacked a bit higher. It’s the warmer weather, the shining sun, and the vacation season that makes for a feeling of exhilaration. Shedding those heavy winter layers gives us the sense of somehow being more free…to give in to simple pleasures. So we are beckoned to the bookshelf!
What books are you enjoying this summer? Are you a reader who scours the best-seller list? Is it all romance or all mystery June, July, and August? Do summer themed seaside and beachfront books take over your ereader this time of year? Is chick lit the perfect summer time genre?
I consider myself to be an avid reader (every writer should be…plus reading is just far too much fun!), but when summer rolls in I’ve got that itch to read a twinge more voraciously. I dig up some favorites as re-reads and load the shopping cart with handfuls of newbies ripe for summer.
I have a hankering for “summery books” this time of year, such as terrifying ocean thrillers from Steve Alten and the never-gets-old Jaws (I have a love-hate relationship with sharks). A classic or two, or a collection of poetry, or of short stories, say from Hemingway, tend to be summer picks, especially seaside settings. Chick lit and women’s fiction reads set in the Hamptons, in a Nantucket beach house, under a Parisian summer sun, or in the eternally-summer city of LA always catch my eye this time of year.
Books with endings that seem to promise a prettily packaged happily-ever-after are preferred when lounging under the sun, a Mai Tai in hand. Books starring protagonists who are quirky and hilarious women, particularly ones who star in rom-coms, are always perfect beach reads. Anything that has to do with the water, sailing, and shopping make my summer reading list, and some self-improvement or inspirational reads always sneak in there, too. For some reason, come summer time, I have an urge to make a change, self-improve, do something different and fabulous. (This could be the post-vacation glow and optimism that often visits after reinvigorating getaways.)
Here’s a peek at a few of the books on my summer bookshelf:
* Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
* All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue
* Dove by Robin Lee Graham
* A Gossip Girl novel by Cecily von Ziegesar
* You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
* Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas
* Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
* The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
* The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
* The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
What are your perfect summer reads?
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