Summer Reading List – 2013

Summer Reading List 2013 - The Domestic Fringe

I love summer, because I feel like it’s ok to be lazy.  Maybe this is just more of my twisted thinking, but when school lets out, I suddenly go on holiday in my mind.

Life is becomes all about easy meals and soaking up sunshine.  It’s right and good to sit by the pool and chat with neighbors or catch up on your reading.

Everyone is nicer in the summer.

Have you noticed that or is it just my town?  In cold places, it seems like everyone’s heart freezes a bit in the winter, but then spring comes and the hearts begin to thaw.  By summer, it’s big smiles and trips to the ice-cream stand.  I love it!

I don’t even think people who live in perpetual sunshine understand how good they have it.

All that to say, I’m working on my summer reading list.  There are a few books that I’ve been meaning to read for a while now and so I begin today (provided my library has one of these books).


My Summer Reading List

Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

MINIMALIST PARENTING: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less
The Paris Wife: A Novel
Theirs Is the Kingdom: Celebrating the Gospel in Urban America
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Savvy Chic: The Art of More for Less
Uglies (The Uglies)
Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris


Uglies is a YA book my son read for school this year.  Ever since, he’s been telling me that I should read it.  I guess it made a impact on him.  It’s a must read for me.


Now, what I really want to know is what’s on your summer reading list?

Are there books I should add to my list??

Or, have you read any of the books on my list and hated them???  At your suggest I may skip one or more.

I’d love to know what you think.


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  1. says

    Haven’t heard of Uglies but will check it out.

    I didn’t enjoy Paris Wife (will be interested to hear what you thought) but really liked Bernadette.

  2. says

    I heard good things about The Uglies. Excited to read your book review of it, or what you think.
    For the month of June I read these 3 books. I love books by Karen Kingsbury. I highly recommend her.

    1) Ocean’s Apart by Karen Kingsbury (Fiction: The power of forgiveness) Here is my book review on this book:
    2) Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (What writing entails for an author and inspiring quotes on writing)
    3) When Joy Came to Stay by Karen Kingsbury (Fiction: A woman’s story of overcoming depression as a Christian.)

  3. says

    Reading Daring Greatly, myself, this summer. Read Paris Wife last summer. I found that one to be depressing and a reminder of how blase` the views of monogamy can be and have been. I’m reading The Wednesday Sisters, by Meg Waite Clayton for book club right now and really liking it.

  4. says

    I recently finished Where’d You Go Bernadette and loved it! Great book. Fun summer read. (But I read her first book and didn’t like that so much.) I read The Glass Castle recently too, a memoir. Liked that too, just FYI. I love book lists. Will have to check some of these others out. Thanks!

  5. says

    I actually joined a book club for the first time in my adult life. :) So far we have read “The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie Society,” and “I Capture the Castle.” I really liked both, especially the second! Will you do reviews of the books you read?

    • says

      I haven’t heard of “I Capture the Castle”. Sounds intriguing.
      I think I may do reviews of the books I read this summer. I don’t always do that, but it’s a good idea.

  6. says

    I’m actually re-reading a classic right now! Pride & Prejudice has been my go-to read for the past month. I’m leisurely reading it while I thumb through a couple of other books, like Hand in Hand (a crafting book for moms/kids) and The 5 Love Languages of Children.

    • says

      Rebecca, leisurely reading is wonderful. It’s part of what I love about summer. Everything just seems more relaxed and less urgent in the summer. I enjoyed the 5 Love languages books and the crafting book sounds fun. Hope you enjoy your reading!


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