Summer Reads

I got a package from Amazon this week, which is always happy. It included some of my summer reads. I have picked way too many. I’ll share my summer reading list, but I can assure you this will be a summer/fall (and probably winter) reading list.

The Great Gatsby. I’m almost done with this, just a chapter to go. Seriously such a weird book but I love it too. I started reading this because I read the Paris Wife a few weeks ago and it made me want to read more about the Fitzgeralds. Which brings me to my next choice….

Call Me Zelda. This is a book about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda. Apparently they were the king and queen of the Jazz Age, which I find intriguing. Also I think both of them were either on drugs and/or geniuses…both of which make for interesting reading. I’m excited to read this one.

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The Hidden Art of Homemaking. I’ve wanted to read this for a long time. It looks like a sweet book. I need some inspiration in the home right now. I’ve always thought the homemaking really is an art.

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey.  I bought this book for a friend a while back and I almost kept it ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s a story all about the real family that lived in the house where they film Downton Abbey. I’m completely obsessed with that show, so I can’t imagine I won’t like this book.

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Raising a Modern Day Princess. I’ve had this book for way too long without reading it. I’ve skimmed a little and it looks like a great book. Sophie is so in love with make-up and pretty things. I want her to know it’s what’s inside that counts. Hoping this book has some constructive advice to give.

The Strong-Willed Child. This is such a great book. I love Dr. Dobson so much. I decided way early in my parenting career that there are way too many parent-advice books out there so you just need to pick your favorite author and drink in their knowledge. Dr. Dobson is that for me. He’s practical and confident and I love what he has to day.

The Schwarzbein Principle. With thirty or so pounds of baby weight to lose and next to no time to exercise, I fully embrace the fact that any weight loss right now is going to come from nutrition. I have read this book before, but I love it and want to brush up on it. Schwarzbein principle is so simple. She basically just backs the fact that eating real foods is what’s best for our bodies, not crazy dieting. For weight loss and maintaining, she suggests the low-carb method because our bodies read carbs the same way they read sugar and sugar makes us gain. So I’ll be skimming through this again.

So that’s my list for this summer (fall/winter). Have you read any of these? What’s on your summer reading list?


  1. Love your list – I've read Gatsby at least a few times but not in the last 5 years or so. I've wanted to read it again with the movie out – although I'll critique the movie in my head whenever I actually get to seeing it.

    I love Dr. Dobson as well – his voice is still in my head from when my mom would listen to him. I've read Bringing up Boys and I'm part way through Dare to Discipline. I've been wanting to read the Strong-willed Child for a while now and hope to get to it soon.

    I'd like to read the Homemaking book you mentioned – I've got to jot it down. And speaking of homemaking – we're moving to Mount Vernon (about 2 hours north of us) in two weeks! And – I haven't posted any of this on Facebook yet, but – we're also due to have another baby! I'm due November 13th – and super excited and nervous at the same time.

    Anyhow, miss you my cousin! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love, Jessica

  2. This is such a great idea. I made a Summer to read list, but it was with the kids. I should make one too..duh! Did you enjoy the Paris Wife? I almost picked it up the other day but backed out at the last minute. I want to read the Great Gatsby as well. I vowed not to see the movie until I read it. Great recommendations…Thanks:)

  3. i'm such a fluffy light reader. i hate anything that i have to really focus and concentrate on. wonder what that says about me. you are the opposite. i just came to that conclusion…just now;)

  4. oooh! these are so good!! i want to read the one about the real Downton Abbey. so interesting. the Ftizgeralds are so intriguing also. i loved The Great Gatsby book… the movie seemed weirder, but i didn't hate it. i think i just like good endings and for things to resolve and it doesn't, of course.

  5. I'm also reading The Great Gatsby. Interesting but it makes me sooooo tired!
    Just finished Still Alice. Great but sad!

  6. Nice list. I'm interested in reading a few of those myself. Have you ever heard of It's pretty awesome. You can add books that you would like to get rid of and you ship them to others who request them. Every time you ship a book you get a credit and then can choose a book for yourself from someone else. The only thing you're paying for is to ship books to others which isn't much since you can do it through media mail. Happy Reading!

  7. i read the great gatsby a long time ago and hated it…should i revisit it? i've almost ordered the downton one too…and i love dr. dobson. now go add Outlander by diana gababldon to your list. RIGHT.NOW.

  8. Love your book list. I downloaded a few samples onto my kindle to preview but have a feeling I will be placing an order for them very soon! Thanks for sharing!

  9. What a great list! I love Fitzgerald and I think you are right…I get a little torn up reading even bookshe wrote because I can just tell that SOMETHING was totally andcompletely messed in his real life. Whatever it was, it made him write like nobody's business and it's been hard for me to find books that don't seem surface level/empty ever since.

    I had no idea The Paris Wife was about them?!?!

  10. Definitely adding Lady Almina to my list! What a great list, it's hard to know to even start with all these great books. The Paris Wife has been on my list for a while, I may need to go ahead and read it.

  11. Hooray for summer reading! I am SO looking forward to some lazy afternoons to just READ! I have the Modern Day Princess book too- well I've had it for probably 2 years now- I'll have to actually read it this summer too- and the Downton Abby book!!!
    Today is my first official day of summer vacation. What ever shall I doooooo??? ๐Ÿ™‚ So excited to be able to do WHATEVER today! Yippeeee!

    Chat with you later today FOR SURE!!

    (maybe I should slow down on the coffee)

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