Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Reading List.... looking a bit thin

For the first time in forever, I'm having trouble selecting which book is going to be my next read. I blame this on my favorite authors not writing fast enough (cough Nicholas Sparks cough).

On the bright side, this tiny problem has forced me to branch out and try new authors. The list may be short, but that's why I'm counting on you to help fill it out a bit.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.
Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.
Recommended by Rachel Leamon

Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen
As a world-class equestrian and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal. Then, at eighteen, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career and Harry, the beautiful horse she cherished.

Now, twenty years later, Annemarie is coming home to her dying father's New Hampshire horse farm. Jobless and abandoned, she is bringing her troubled teenage daughter to this place of pain and memory, where ghosts of an unresolved youth still haunt the fields and stables—and where hope lives in the eyes of the handsome, gentle veterinarian Annemarie loved as a girl . . . and in the seductive allure of a trainer with a magic touch.

But everything will change yet again with one glimpse of a white striped gelding startlingly similar to the one Annemarie lost in another lifetime. And an obsession is born that could shatter her fragile world.

Flying Changes by Sara Gruen
Anxiety rules Annemarie Zimmer's days—the fear that her relationship with the man she loves is growing stagnant; the fear that equestrian daughter Eva's dreams of Olympic glory will carry her far away from her mother . . . and into harm's way. For five months, Annemarie has struggled to make peace with her past. But if she cannot let go, the personal battles she has won and the heights she has achieved will have all been for naught.

It is a time of change at Maple Brook horse farm, when loves must be confronted head-on and fears must be saddled and broken. But it is an unanticipated tragedy that will most drastically alter the fragile world of one remarkable family—even as it flings open gates that have long confined them, enabling them all to finally ride headlong and free.
Reading more books by Sara Gruen because I LOVED Water for Elephants.

In addition, I love historical nonfiction (Philippa Gregory and C.W. Gortner), Romance (Nicholas Sparks) and Suspense (Tatiana de Rosnay).

If you know of a good book in any of these categories, please let me know in the comment section below, or via contact form.




  1. Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts was really good. It's a NYT Best Seller too.