Summer Reads 2011

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.  You’ll wish that summer could always be here.”  (Tobias/Bradtke/Carste)

Everytime I hear the 1963 hit song of Nat King Cole’s I envision spending my summer time relaxing in a chair on a beach doing what I love most — reading!!  Just to be able to have non-interrupted moments in which to open a book and get lost in the words an author has penned is quite appealing to me.  The list I’ve composed from a variety of genres is surely to pique the interest for all types of readers from early readers to adults ubiquitously.  You’ll find countless hours of reading ahead of you from my Summer Reads of 2011.  So set out to discover your next book to read as you relax at the beach, the pool, your vacation home, or wherever you find solace during the summer season!


22 Britannia Road 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

Alice Bliss Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom... The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumbby Melanie Benjamin

Close Your Eyes Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward

The Coffins of Little HopeThe Coffins of Little Hopeby Timothy Schaffert

 The Dry Grass of August The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew

Eden Lake  Eden Lake by Jane Roper

Etre the Cow  Etre the Cow by Sean Kenniff

Friendship Bread  Friendship Bread by Darien Gee

The Invisible Bridge  The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

The Lock Artist  The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (2011 Edgar Winner & 2011 Alex Award)

Love Child: A Novel  Love Child by Sheila Kohler

The Love Goddess' Cooking Scho...  The Love Goddess’ Cooking School by Melissa Senate

Maine  Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

The Radleys  The Radleys by Matt Haig (2011 Alex Award)

Silver Sparrow  Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

The Sisters Brothers  The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

The Story of Beautiful Girl   The Story of the Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

You Believers   You Believers by Jane Bradley


Breaking Night: A Memoir   Breaking Night: A Memoir by Liz Murray

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Linco...   The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner (2011 Pulitzer Prize for History)

In the Garden of Beasts: Love,...   In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Sto...   Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II, by Mitchell Zuckoff

My Ruby Slippers: The Road Bac...   My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas by Tracy Seeley

No Biking in the House Without...   No Biking in the House Without a Helmet by Melissa Fay Greene

Pox: An American History   Pox: An American History by Michael Willrich

The Reading Promise: My Father...  The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma

 The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Mad...  The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust by Diana Henriques


Beauty Queens   Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Can I See Your I.D.?: True Sto...  Can I See Your I.D.? True Stories of False Identities by Chris Barton

Circle of Fire (Prophecy of th...   Circle of Fire (Book 3, Prophecy of the Sisters) by Michelle Zink

Flesh and Blood So Cheap   Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin

Illusions (Wings, #3)   Illusions (Wings #3) by Aprilynne Pike

My Sister's Destiny (Destiny,...   My Sister’s Destiny (Destiny #1) by Kristina Caden

 The Ocean  The Ocean by Mia Castile

Ruby Red   Ruby Red (Edelstein Trilogy, Book 1) by Kerstin Gier


Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to...   Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

The Sisters Club: Cloudy with...   Cloudy with a Chance of Boys (Sisters Club, Book 3) by Megan McDonald

The Girl Who Circumnavigated F...   The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) by Catherynne M. Valente

Irena Sendler and the Children...   Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin

 The Throne of Fire (Kane Chron...  The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles, Book 2) by Rick Riordan


All the Way to America   All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel by Dan Yaccarino

 Argus  Argus by Michelle Knudsen

The Bear Who Shared   The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner

Cinderella Smith   Cinderella Smith by Stephanie Barden

Queen of the Falls   Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

The Unforgettable Season   The Unforgettable Season: The Story of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and the Record-Setting Summer of ’41 by Phil Bildner



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6 responses to “Summer Reads 2011

  1. Marian, thanks so much for including The Dry Grass of August on your list. I haven’t read many of the others on your list, but will check into them.

  2. Hi Kathy,
    You and I are now following each other on Twitter, and I wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed reading your blog. It’s very interesting and impressive. Keep up the great work.


  3. I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about 22 Brittania Road lately. I’ll be interested to read your thoughts.

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