Friday, June 10, 2011

The Books of Summer

Summer Reading

Summer is the perfect time to delve into a good read! Here's some of my favorite picks to snoop for at your local library or neighborhood bookshop...& since you shouldn't judge a book by its cover I'm not showing you any! {Not to mention, it saves on the image searching/uploading time, too} =)


The Mother-Daughter Book Club Series
by Heather Vogel Frederick

Book 1: The Mother-Daughter Book Club
Book 2: Much Ado About Anne
Book 3: Dear Pen Pal
Book 4: Pies & Prejudice
I can't tell you how much I love these! They're my new favorites! I've read every one of the books {in order, which I highly recommend, since they follow the girls' changing lives from middle school - high} from my library & I just don't know how to go on without them now {dramatic sigh}. I need a new one, which I think the author is currently working on {thank you}. The books follow a group of girls & their adventures & misadventures; friendships & frenemy-ships; & ups & downs as they grow separately & together in a mother-daughter book club. It's so bookishly good!

The Penderwick Series by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette
There's something nostalgic & essentially summery about these Penderwick sisters. The latest book just came out this year {& I can't wait to read their latest adventures}.

The Boston Jane Trilogy by Jennifer L. Holm

Boston Jane: An Adventure
Boston Jane: Wilderness Days
Boston Jane: The Claim
I haven't reread these in a while, but boy do I remember loving em! Set in the days when lady's must be proper & America was still full of wild untamed lands to the west, a girl named Jane sets off on one wild ride that turns into a journey of self discovery & finding her place in the world.


Cicada Summer by Andrea Beaty
This novel surprised me... it was really quite a moving read & it involves some of my favorite things: truth, secrets, Nancy Drew books, & mystery.

On Viney's Mountain by Joan Donaldson
Viney doesn't appreciate the Englishmen who come to her beautiful mountain community in hopes of building a new settlement. In fact, when they start to cut down trees & other rich flora, she becomes boiling mad. Complications, including love, create more problems for the spirited young craftswoman. This beautiful yarn set in historic Rugby, TN, is one of my newest favorites! I laughed out loud with this one & cried! Love it!

The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin
Remember the BSC? You know, the Baby-Sitter's Club? This new book reveals the summertime happenings & goings-on that led up to the start of the club… a fun & easy read for anyone who loved those baby-sitting girls.

Happy Reading!

P.S.: Know of another good read? Share em in a comment!


  1. Aw, I used to love the Baby-Sitter's Club! :) The book club series sounds cute. I'm off to check it out on Amazon. :)


  2. I will have to check out the Ann M. Martin book! I used to ADORE the BSC books! I read so many of them ^_^.. brings back great memories! *sigh*

    Thanks for the reading suggestions! I would also love to suggest to you and anyone else that you check out the Bailey Flanigan series from Karen Kingsbury- the 2nd book comes out in two weeks!


    ~Miss ALK


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