I love to read. I wish I had more time to do it these days, but I’ve got quite the list of books going to either download and listen to as audiobooks (my method of choice these days), or to actually sit down and read (which will likely only happen if I’m on vacation for at least the next 17 years). If you’re looking for some great books to read or listen to this summer, I’ve got you covered no matter what you like! I’ve read or listened to them all and they’re all fantastic.
For the Beach
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty is a quick read that will keep you guessing. It’s based on the famed actress Louise Brooks and the adventures her chaperone in New York City went on while Louise was busy trying to be discovered. It’s a feel-good book that you won’t want to put down.
With the Kids
Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko are three of my very favorite chapter books for young readers. They’re based on the real-life families who used to live on Alcatraz (yep, THE Alcatraz, prisoners and all). Kids will love the adventure aspect and who doesn’t love a story about Al Capone?
Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier is the first book I read by Tracy Chevalier and it’s written in a really unique way. Set in the time of the women’s rights movement in London, the same story is told from multiple perspectives. This is a great one if you can only read for 10 or 20 minutes at a time because you can read through one person’s story and pause before you have to begin the next. Make sure you have the tissues handy!
For a Laugh
Anything by Celia Rivenbark, but I’m partial to Bless Your Heart, Tramp: And Other Southern Endearments. Her collections of essays on life in the south are laugh-out-loud funny and super quick to read through.
For the 4th of July
Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts is about the women who stood beside our Founding Fathers as our country was founded. They have amazing stories of their own, we just haven’t been taught much about them in school. Definitely worth a read!
Can you imagine a president nowadays leaving office and heading out on a road trip, no security in tow? Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip by Matthew Algeo is about just that and the trip made for some really interesting stories!
Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones tells the story of a quiet man who lit up the world and our television screens with our favorite puppets. I never knew much about the man behind these fuzzy creations, but his story really is fascinating.
I download all of my audiobooks through a free app that the local library system provides access to. All you need is a library card and you can download audiobooks and ebooks! I love listening to audiobooks that are read by their author. In these three cases, they’re the autobiographies of three exceptionally funny people. If you do nothing else this summer, download the audiobook versions of these books – they’re well worth your time!
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
What recommendations do you have for me? I’m always looking for more books to add to my list!
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