Summer Book List

As a kid I loved to read. My mom says she could put me in my crib with a stack of books and I’d entertain myself for hours. I have fond memories of spending entire days laying in the screen porch of our summer house devouring books as a young adult. Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons anyone?)was my favorite author. I’d read her books in one sitting and beg my mom to take me to the local bookstore to get the newest release.  As I got older I read less and less. I was distracted by AIM, the internet, and eventually blogs. About a year ago I made an effort to re-kindle my romance with reading and we have been hot and heavy since then.

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This summer my book list is full and will likely take me through the fall. It seems like there are so many good reads to get my hands on.  Here’s a look at what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what’s on my list.

Read

Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year

I read this one mostly so I can relate to my husband and have conversations about one of his favorite horses, Rachel Alexandra. It’s also been on our bookshelf for a few years and always makes me wonder. We head to Saratoga every summer with his family. We spend our mornings watching the horses train, and we spend our days watching them race. It was neat to read this and get a look behind the scenes. If horse racing isn’t your thing, this probably isn’t for you.

The Husband’s Secret

I could.not.put.this.down. I literally read the whole thing start to finish in just a few days and most of it in one beach day. I love how Lianne Moriarity developed the characters and their inner dialogue. I felt like I knew each one of them intimately. It wasn’t predictable and the twists and turns kept my attention. She wraps it up nicely and makes you think a little bit about life in the epilogue. I highly recommend it.

Reading

The Girl on the train

I’m literally one chapter into this book and hooked. My mom recommended it. She says it’s a little different than my normal reads but I’d enjoy it. Anyone finish this?

To Read

Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith

Michael went to a talk and book signing for this and got to meet Joe Perry. He then proceeded to read the book in about 2 days on our honeymoon. Michael’s not a big reader, I can’t tell you how many books he starts and leaves sitting on the nightstand for months. The fact that he finished this and was hooked makes me want to read it. And based on what he’s told me, it will be a good read.

Big Little Lies

This is by Lianne Moriarity who wrote The Husband’s Secret. I may have to read this next because I’m so excited about it. Actually I’ll probably read all her books, it’s just how I do.

Go Set a Watchman

To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my favorite books in high school. We didn’t have to read the whole thing but I did. I’m curious to see how this one is, especially given the controversy.

Royal Wedding

Meg Cabot’s first installment in the adult series of Princess Mia is a must read. My inner teenager is dying to know what happened. This will be a good guilty pleasure read.

Recommend

Haven’t picked up a book in awhile? These were some of my favorites from the last 6 months or so:

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

I loved Eat, Pray, Love. I think I read it at least 5 times. It spoke to me and a tough time in life. I feel like this is very similar. Her loss is heartbreaking but her journey and self-reflection are incredible. I read this in a couple days and loved it.

Yes Please

Amy Poehler is awesome. I really appreciate some of her thoughts she put into this book. They are empowering, and every woman should read them. She’s also hysterical. I read this one in days. I loved it. I also read Bossypants by Tina Fey but liked Amy’s book so much more.

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson told a good story. I was fascinated by the life of Steve Jobs, and more so his vision for technology and business. I learned a lot and it definitely made me consider a few things in my own professional role. I don’t think you need to be a fan of Apple to find the value in this book.

What is on your summer book list?

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Summer Staycation

I love having time off from work to just be home. We had planned an overnight at Mohegan Sun, thanks to an awesome deal on Gilt City so I was taking the Monday of the already short week off. I decided that it wasn’t worth working just 3 short days and that I’d be grateful for some time at home. I’m so happy I did. I feel rested, recharged, and rejuvenated. Here’s a peek at how I spent my time.

Michael and I finally took our mountain bikes for a spin at Wompotuck State Park in Hingham. We brought my mountain bike back to MA from NY with us at least 2 years ago with the intention of going for rides. We never did. I’m happy we finally changed that. We rode around for about 2 hours. It was so fun to chat, get some exercise, and enjoy the scenery of the woods! We even got to pop in and see an old friend of Michael’s who lives in Hingham. It was a bit overcast and on the cool side that day so I feel like we planned the perfect activity for the weather.

Biking

Sunday morning we woke up to downpours. We decided to sleep in, have breakfast, watch CBS Sunday Morning (I love that show) before getting our day going. We had originally planned to head to RI for a beach day before heading to Mohegan Sun for dinner and some fun. Since the rain spoiled our plans we decided to stop in Providence for lunch. Michael took me to East Side Pockets since I was craving falafel. It was so good and I can’t wait to go back!!! We wandered around in Providence a bit before heading to the casino.

East Side Pocket

We had dinner at Todd English’s Tuscany and it was great. I’ve been wanting to eat there for awhile, and it was worth the wait. We shared a burrata salad, fettucine carbonara, and a proscuito flatbread. The cocktails were awesome too. I had my favorite, a St. Germain martini with a twist of lemon. After dinner we hit the casino for a bit and had some fun on the slots before heading to bed.┬áMonday we slept in, had a lazy morning, had breakfast, and played some more slots before heading home. It was a fun little night away and felt so much longer than it really was.

Burrata Salad

I spent the rest of week enjoying time at home. I went for runs at Lake Quannapowitt- I love not having to cross a street for 3 miles and running by the water. It’s just so much better than running through town.

Lake Q

I took care of errands I kept putting off, like taking my wedding dress to the cleaners and getting the oil changed in my car. I baked. I baked so much. I made a batch of peanut butter cup cookies for the 4th of July. Lucky for you that recipe is coming soon. I took a stab at making homemade puff pastry dough and apple turnovers. They were delicious but there is so much more room for improvement. I already can’t wait to make them again- there is at least 10 things I’d do differently. I’ll share the recipe and tips once I perfect it but since they are loaded with butter that may take a bit. You can’t make those too often! I made a summer berry crisp┬áthat was so flavorful and good, and not terribly unhealthy.

I got to meet one of my best friends babies just hours after he was born. To see the excitement, happiness, and joy on my friend’s face was so special and I just loved holding that little peanut.

We spent time at the beach soaking in the sunshine. I finished a book I had been reading for months and took naps in the sun. I even swam, a lot. It was cold and so refreshing.

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We saw fireworks and celebrated the 4th of July with friends. It was my first time in the 6 years I’ve lived here that I saw the Boston fireworks. They were gorgeous and worthy of all the hype they get.

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And we closed out the week with a day trip to Maine to see our friends and spend one more day at the beach. We chatted, we swam, we ate, and we laughed. It was the perfect ending to the week.

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Heading back to work wasn’t so bad today but I’m already looking forward to the weekend. We are headed to NY to see my family and spend time at our summer house!

How did you enjoy the week of the 4th?