Summer Reading


One of my favorite pastimes is the joy of reading.  I recently realized some of my favorite books occurred during the summer — coincidence?  Who knows?  Read more to find out my favorites!

I don’t usually venture into the fiction genre,  but still wanted to share some of my favorite books ever that happened to coincide with the summer months:

My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme:   Written by both Julia Child and her great-nephew Alex Prud’Homme (who completed the autobiography after her passing),  this exploration dives into her inspiring time in France from which the journey of her culinary career sprung. Not only do you connect with her love of food,  but you’ll also feel hungry to eat delicious food!


Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton:  I first read the classic in the summer before fifth grade and have never ceased to stop re-reading it.  The count is well over fifty times (possibly a hundred)  — if you’ve never picked it up, I strongly suggest you do.  Crichton had the distinct gift of engaging his reader to the world of technology,  while tying it together with fantasy.


The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkein:  Because, duh.  A young teen,  I devoured this instead of school texts in high school. (Sorry, teachers!  Priorities!)


The Once and Future King by T.H. White:  Assigned as summer reading in high school,  the page-count honestly brought dread to my former lazy-student self.  But after the first page,  I was hooked (and completed the reading assignment!).  The classic tale of King Arthur is brought to life by White and you’ll never want to leave.


Michelangelo & the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King:  If you like art history,  this is a great read.  King’s research into the drama behind the Sistine Chapel is extensive without wringing the story dry.  This non-fiction favorite is impossible to put down.


As good a mix of non-fiction and classic fictions are on this list,  about 90% of the novels on my bookshelf are historical and older classics.  (That’s just how this hapa rolls.)

What summer favorites are on your list?

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