Our 2013 Summer Reading Round Up

The Tuesday after Labour Day means autumn is on its way. As much as I love fall (the leaves, the colours, the fashion, the books!), I can’t help but feel nostalgic for the summer. As a result, I usually spend my Labour Day weekend reminiscing about the summer: going through Facebook albums, listening to my summer playlists, and reflecting on all the books that I’ve read.

Alas, I’ve decided to take my sad, nostalgic lemons and make lemonade with a Summer Reading Round Up that can double as a If-You-Didn’t-Read-It-This-Summer-Read-It-This-Fall list. Interested? See my Top 10 Summer Reads below.

1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is my favourite book of the summer. I read it quickly (laughing the entire time) and felt compelled to re-read it shortly afterwards because I missed the characters so much. Talk about a book hangover!

2. The Eye of God by James Rollins

A great series is one in which each book is better than the last. This is true for The Eye of God, the 9th book in James Rollins’ bestselling series. Reading it, I was reminded of why I love the SIGMA Force series.

3. The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan

The Curiosity was a book I could not put down. Its blend of science fiction and romance reminded me of The Time Traveler’s Wife, and it’s a perfect book club pick!

4. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Speaking of book clubs, our August Book Club Pick definitely makes my Best-Of Summer ’13 list. This unique book -with its Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue and dark, unraveling secrets- left me speechless.

5. Chuck’s Day Off by Chuck Hughes

Chuck’s Day Off is a collection of Chuck Hughes‘ favourite dishes and menus from his long-running television show of the same name (plus all new recipes developed just for the book, including this delicious Lobster Cobb Salad!)

6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the second novel I’ve read by Neil Gaiman, and he has quickly become one of my favourite authors. His writing is so beautiful, I underlined a passage on almost every page. If you haven’t read this haunting novel, I highly suggest you do!

8. The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales

The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales deconstructs celebrity culture, and discusses how it, along with various social factors, lead teenagers to break in to the homes of famous celebrities.

8. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

I could try to explain just why I loved The Beginning of Everything, but HCC Frenzy has articulated it oh-so-perfectly here.

9. About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk

About a Girl‘s protagonist Tess Brookes is as quirky (and crazy) as some of my closest girlfriends, and there’s nothing better than finding a piece of home inside a book. If you love hilarious rom-coms, this one’s for you!

10. The Iron King by Maurice Druon

This series by the late Maurice Druon has been called “the original Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin. More importantly, it saved me from spending half of my summer in a post-Red Wedding Game of Thrones depression.

Which books would you add to my Summer Reads Round Up? Tell us on twitter @SavvyReader!

Kaiti

Follow me on twitter @SavvyReader

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