4th annual Kitchen Couch Summer Reading Club: Happy reading!

Summer reading
Great photo from a “Magnolia Market” reader!

Greetings from the green kitchen couch–where my summer to-be-read stack is still quite tall!

This is our 4th year for the Kitchen Couch Summer Reading Club — another excuse (as though we need one!) to talk about what we’re reading. So, what’s on your bedside table? By your beach chair? On your Nook or Kindle or iPad?

I’ve had great summer writing adventures and have been reading along the way — from an excursion to Colorado (and a visit, of course to Tattered Cover) to a train ride from East Texas to Chicago.

Most recently I read “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon–an unusual choice for me because I rarely read time-travel novels. I heard about this book, the first in a series, several years ago on Twitter, bought an e-version on sale (it’s still $1.99 as I write this) and read it on the train trip to a wedding.

The premise is immensely creative, the characters larger-than-life but oddly believable, and I learned a lot about Scottish history. The book made me reflect on advancements through the centuries. I enjoyed it–although I don’t plan to read others in the series because I have so many other authors I want to sample.

If you like G-rated books, be aware that “Outlander” has some pretty intense–sex and violence–scenes. They didn’t bother me but I don’t want you to be caught off guard.

Has anyone else read it? What do you think? (Or watched the TV series?)

More book talk for summer:

** I decided not to read “Go Set a Watchman,” which I’ve written about in my upcoming book column in The Shreveport Times (runs each Thursday). Main reason: I don’t care to read an unedited manuscript, unless it’s my own. If I were a Harper Lee scholar, I’m sure I’d feel differently. Would love to hear if you’re reading it and what you think.

** Thanks to all who are awaiting “Wreath, In Summer,” the second Wreath WillisWreathInSummerFINAL-Amazon (1) novel, written and in production. A release date will be announced soon, I promise! I can’t wait to share this next installment of Wreath’s story (sneak peek at cover to the right); she has many adventures during the weeks after high-school and must make tough decisions about helping others or staying on the sidelines. Her almost-boyfriend Law is back, along with Faye, Wreath’s newly-discovered grandfather, an intriguing teen and the child in his care–and a host of not-so-nice people!

If you haven’t read “Wreath, A Girl,” Adobe Photoshop PDFfirst in the series, I hope you’ll take a look before the new book comes out. And if you’ve read, please leave a review on Amazon. Really helps!

** Thanks to all who ordered “Magnolia Market” after a Book Bub special over the weekend. It’s been fun to watch this book rise in Amazon rankings and hear from new readers discovering this second book in the Trumpet & Vine series.Magnolia Market final cover 10.24.13

Your turn! Let us hear what you’re reading this summer. Any recommendations? Leave a comment for a chance to win a Starbuck’s gift card and a fun journal! I’ll draw at noon CST July 31. And congrats to booklover MA of Shreveport, La., who won our last drawing!

7 comments

  1. Gloria Saucier says:

    Just finished “Me Without You” by Kelly Rimmer. A tear jerker. Should have known better. Starting “All the Light we Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, and my book club book, “the Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Best read this summer has been “The Boy’s in the Boat” as recommended in your column. Rusty and I both enjoyed that one. Rusty is reading another John Sanford, “Gone Tomorrow”(has read several of his this summer – some better than others). He out reads me, has a long list of favorite authors, and is always looking for more. Once he learned he could download from the library, he keeps his IPad busy.

    I continue to enjoy your column and the recommendations I find there.

    Keep up the good work, my friend. Gloria

    Sent from my iPad

    >

  2. Hi, Gloria: Thanks so much for your encouraging words! I love your comments! My goodness — you’ve read a great collection of books this summer. I have “The Language of Flowers” on my shelf to read; I keep picking it up but somehow never actually read it. Have some good recommendations from readers in this Thursday’s column.:) Glad Rusty’s a reader, too!

  3. Hi, Gloria: Thanks so much for your encouraging words! I love your comments! My goodness — you’ve read a great collection of books this summer. I have “The Language of Flowers” on my shelf to read; I keep picking it up but somehow never actually read it. Have some good recommendations from readers in this Thursday’s column.:) Glad Rusty’s a reader, too!

  4. Jackie Rod says:

    I read Evening by Susan Minot. It was made into a movie starring Glen Close. The book contained no quotation marks for dialogue, no italics for thoughts and takes a minute to get into the rhythm. The story is about a dying woman who recalls her TRUE love of long ago.
    Always and Forever by Gretchen Craig is a Louisiana story of the mid 1800s. The plantation owners daughter and a Creole girl grow up best friends and close as sisters. They love the same man. Two strong women survive their passion.

  5. Jackie Rod says:

    I read Evening by Susan Minot. It was made into a movie starring Glen Close. The book contained no quotation marks for dialogue, no italics for thoughts and takes a minute to get into the rhythm. The story is about a dying woman who recalls her TRUE love of long ago.
    Always and Forever by Gretchen Craig is a Louisiana story of the mid 1800s. The plantation owners daughter and a Creole girl grow up best friends and close as sisters. They love the same man. Two strong women survive their passion.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *