Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Time Reading

Here in Florida we have nice weather during the winter months. When it gets HOT in the summer, we have to plan more activities inside. I love to read and we have a beautiful pool that we can walk to with a bottle of cold water and a book (and a hat and sunglasses!). Or I can sit in the lanai in the air conditioning, under the fan!

My blog buddy Terra shared her 10 favorite authors of all time in a post HERE. I’d love to do this soon.

Stacey at Poofing the Pillows has So Many Great Books HERE

And Farm Girl Sam showed off some of the books she’s been reading HERE. She has other posts with books this week too.


I mentioned that I went to the library and came home with a stack of books.
These are the big oversized paperbacks and they were for sale in the lobby of the library. Paper backs are 50 cents and hardbacks are $1, so you can’t go wrong. (it’s a great place to donate books, too)

(in order of popularity from top to bottom)

I did something fun this time. I looked each book up on Goodreads to see what each one was rated. I wrote it down on little slips of paper and then put them in order. It might help me decide which one to start with.
Like Dandelion Dust was rated the highest at 4.20.


Right now I’m reading Mademoiselle Chanel by C. W. Gortner, all about the life of Coco Chanel. I’m finding it very entertaining.

(I checked these two books out at the library)

What are you reading this week?

32 comments:

Diane said...

The Chanel book sounds intriguing. Happy reading!

Mimi said...

Looks like you found some great titles and at a bargain price, I might add! I can't wait to read that book about Coco Chanel--I'm going to see if my library has it. Thanks for all the great inspiration! Stay cool, my friend!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love to read!! You found some great bargain books. I have been using the library a lot lately. I still find cheap books to buy but best sellers are too expensive on my budget right now. I am currently reading 'Last Light over Caroline' by Mary Alice Monroe. Stay cool Sis!

Linda

Elizabeth said...

Summer reading sounds very nice! I also enjoy holding a book when reading instead of a tablet! I especially like the older books!

Sam I Am...... said...

Those all look like great books and I like how you went to Good Reads and got their rating....I need to do that and update my Good Reads account. I've not heard of those authors except for Sandra Dallas and I love everything she writes! I love biographies too and the Chanel one looks good.
I went to the library again yesterday...post coming later today! LOL!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I'm reading The Inlet by Helen Piddington, it is the story of modern pioneers in British Columbia. In the 70s they moved to a remote island and pursued their art of painting and photography - quite interesting and well written. I just finished Audubon, Life and Art in the American Wilderness, by Shirley Streshinksy. It is a large book and quite detailed of Audubons life, family and his rise to fame as a nature artist. Really good book. Enjoy your reading in the cool of indoors my friend, while we hope for the temperatures to get above 72 this summer so we can spend some time outdoors. It is 59 now - hoping for a high of 71 and some sun in the afternoon.

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
I like your plan :-)
I am reading Hauptmann's Ladder, a step by step analysis of the Lindbergh Kidnapping.

Carla

20 North Ora said...

Unfortunately, I am not a reader. You list sounds interesting tho!

Stay cool.

Judy

Stacey said...

Thank you for this post and the sweet mention. So many great ideas. :)

At the Water's Edge is supposed to be so good. Let us know.

Kathy said...

Oh! Interesting books! I heard the Coco Chanel book was good. Right now I am still slogging through "The Sweetness At The Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley. I've been reading it all month and am ready for something else. It's a good book and I'm almost done so I will finish it. I have to find out "who dun it". I really can't figure this one out.

Arlene said...

I am reading Sweetwater by Susannah Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train. I saw Dry Grass of August in your pile. That is a good book!! I am always looking for some Good Reads. Are you on Good Reads Diane? Would love to be your friend!

Susie said...

Diane, I am so glad you can get books on sale at your library...we do too. About the same prices too. Romance novels are a dime. :) I never read those any more. when I was young and need an escape, I did . LOL. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

Vee said...

Did you enjoy Like Dandelion Dust?

handmade by amalia said...

I'm a reader as well. I've just started The Girl on the Train, that everyone is talking about, but too soon for me to voice an opinion.
Amalia
xo

Terra said...

Thank you sweetie for linking to my blog post today. I like your idea of looking up the ratings and then that helps to decide the order in which you will read the books. On your profile page I see we have many favorite authors, and you add "and countless others" which is a good idea.

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

I find some of the best new to me authors on blogs where there are book reviews, thanks so much.

The Dandilion one looks wonderful, and I'm on the list for The Water's Edge...can't wait. Looks really good.

Jen

Ariadne said...

I love reading books and especially in English. How great that your library sells them so cheap. I managed to stock on English books lately and I am very happy about it!AriadnefromGreece!

Mildred said...

The heat and humidity get bad here in GA too. I have a little stash of good clean mystery books from the thrift store. Currently I'm reading thru a couple of cookbooks from GoodWill Store. Thanks so much for all the good suggestions/links.

acorn hollow said...

I read the dry grass of august a great book. I have not read the others I have read Karen Kingsbury before.
I have a stack here too but the garden calls.
Cathy

Linda H said...

It's always great to see what others are reading and enjoying. Thanks for the links, as well as sharing your own current stack. I just started book 1 of the 5 in the Clifton Chronicles series by Jeffrey Archer. I'm hooked right from page 1. :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, those last two look divine! I'm reading "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. It's great if you like period writing, I love it!
Hugs,
Patti

September Violets said...

I love reading at any time! Cold snowy winter days, or hot summer days. I've just finished a good read myself "The Woman in White", and it was hard to put down!
Wendy

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow Diane you scored big with the books you picked out! I was visiting my mom over the weekend and her library had a book sale and the books were a dollar and I bought 7 books! It's such a pleasure to buy books that are not expensive. Enjoy reading all of your books. Enjoy the end of the week.
Julie xo

Cozy Little House said...

Great stack of books to look forward to reading! I'm reading One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis.
Brenda

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh, I didn't know Sara Gruen had a new book, I loved Water for Elephants (didn't everybody? ). I'll check this one out. I'm reading agatha Christie... And a bunch of old "cozy" mysteries. I have "being Mortal" but no strength right now to tackle non fiction. I just finished "Far From The Madding Crowd" which I started before I heard that they had just made a new movie of it. I read a lot of old books like that, now that I have the time. I missed a lot growing up.

Dewena said...

I love a book post! Lots of good book ideas here, and I followed your link to Terra and will do the others now!

Thank you!

NanaDiana said...

I LOVE books- but you know that! I am anxiously waiting for my next shipment to arrive so I can get the shipped out. I have read a couple of the ones you have here. xo Diana

Trace4J said...

Good Morning Sweet Friend
Since going back to work even at home.
I'm so busy,but you have been in my thoughts and prayers.
How are you healing?
I miss reading by the time my head hits the pillows I'm sound to sleep.
Woolie Blesssings :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Isn't it fun to pick up used books at a library sale! Now I'm trying to sort through my books. It's a huge task. Glad you found some fun summer reading, Diane.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Thanks for the links -- I love to see what everyone is reading. I, too, just went to a big library book sale, and came home with lots of books. I am plowing through a really long book by Solzhenitzyn for book club. Not exactly summer reading! The Coco Chanel book sounds more fun!

Jean Berryessa said...

Well, the young women book club(I am the token older women) just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird. The had not read this book since junior high. Since Harper Lee is releasing her first book this July they wanted to revisit her second book. Interesting discussion. I first read the book in 1966.

Pamela Gordon said...

I've read Like Dandelion Dust and it's now out on video. Excellent. I'm reading Karen Kingsbury's new series now. The first one is called "Angels Walking". A page turner so I'm almost done it and will be on to the next one. Enjoy!