Monthly Archives: July 2012

Summer Reads 2012 — A Yankee Doodle Dandy of a List — 4th of July Style!

Wonder what I’ve been up to lately and why I’ve not updated my book blog? Well in the words of one my former college professors: “multiple factors of causation.”  As 2012 rolled around my impending retirement in education as school librarian at Seneca Grade School was looming in the not too distant future.  After 35 years in education I found myself with so many “lists of things to do” before the end of the 2011-2012 school year came to a close. It was time to close this chapter in my life and turn over my libraries to a new librarian. Something had to take a backseat and it unfortunately had to be my blog site.  Now though, that all of my retirement hoopla has finished — yes, thank you to my loving family and dear friends for two unforgettable retirement bashes — I am now ready to work on my blog!!  Of course it wouldn’t be officially summer to me and my readers if I didn’t post my annual Summer Reading List.  As always, I’ve spent much time over the last month reading reviews and deciding which books to add to my list. Many of my favorite authors are back with new books and there are several new authors as well!  I’ve come up with a diverse book list for all age levels with a variety of genres.

As you are enjoying your 4th of July today and have a few moments to peruse this list, I’m hoping I’ve selected books that will spark an interest with so many of you! Leave a comment as to which books from my list that you’ll be reading this summer!


Before I Go To SleepBefore I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

The Beginner's GoodbyeThe Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler

Bent RoadBent Road by Lori Roy

The CoveThe Cove by Ron Rash

Defending JacobDefending Jacob by William Landay

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Heading Out to WonderfulHeading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick

The Hollow CityThe Hollow City by Dan Wells

In One PersonIn One Person by John Irving

Into the Free: A NovelInto the Free by Julie Cantrell

Iron HouseIron House by John Hart

A Land More Kind Than Home:...A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

The Providence Rider (Matth...The Providence Rider (Matthew Corbett, #4) by Robert R. McCammon

Shadow of Night (All Souls ...Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness

Shine Shine ShineShine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

The Solitary HouseThe Solitary House by Lynn Shepherd

The Unfinished Work of Eliz...The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier

UnwantedUnwanted by Kristina Ohlsson


The Day Lincoln Was ShotThe Day Lincoln Was Shot by Jim Bishop

Destiny of the Republic: A ...Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

Killing Lincoln: The Shocki...Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly

Midnight Rising: John Brown...Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz

Moonlight on Linoleum: A Da...Moonlight on Linoleum:A Daughter’s Memoir by Terry Helwig

Saving Private Healthcare by Michael Kalthoff


Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chr...Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles, #3) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Between the LinesBetween the Lines by Jodi Piccoult and Samantha van Leer

Code Name VerityCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Daughter of Smoke and Bone ...Daughter of Smoke and Bone  (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth

From What I Remember...From What I Remember…. by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha...Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, #1) by Leigh Bardugo


IcefallIcefall by Matthew J. Kirby

Middle School: Get Me Out o...Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! by James Patterson

The Serpent's Shadow (Kane ...The Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles, #3) by Rick Riordan

Summer of the Gypsy MothsSummer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

The Wizard of Dark Street  ...The Wizard of Dark Street  (Oona Crate #1) by Shawn Thomas Odyssey


Bad Kitty for PresidentBad Kitty for President by Mark Bruel

Bink and Gollie, Two for OneBink and Gollie, Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Boy and BotBoy + Bot by Ame DyckmanDan Yaccarino

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?The Duckling Gets the Cookie!? by Mo Willems

One Two That's My Shoe!One Two That’s My Shoe! by Alison Murray

Pete the Cat and His Four G...Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin



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