The other day, Mr. Jeannie Ology feared the worst. That Ms. Jeannie wound be done in. In the night. By the toppling tower of books that has taken up residence on her tiny night stand next to the bed.
“One wrong flip of your hand and you’ll be dead.”
Ms. Jeannie hadn’t even considered these possibilities. There are a lot of books. But Ms. Jeannie has plans to read each and every one this summer. Mr. Jeannie said it was an ambitious goal.
Perhaps. But Ms. Jeannie is of the ambitious sort, so it is only fitting. Besides, she tells Mr. Jeannie – there could be worse things in life than death by books:)
And so she presents her summer reading list…
- How to be Good – Nick Hornby
- The Portrait of A Lady – Henry James
- Medium Raw – Anthony Bourdain
- Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk – David Sedaris
- Eleanor of Aquitaine – Alison Weir
- Hypocrite In A Pouffy White Dress – Susan Jane Gillman
- Barrel Fever – David Sedaris
- Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
- 11-22-63 – Stephen King
- Diana & Jackie – Jay Mulvenay
- The Department of Lost and Found – Allison Winn Scotch
- The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt
- Weekend Sewing – Heather Ross
- Antique to Heirloom Jelly Roll Quilts
- Birds of America – Lorrie Moore
- Let’s Explore Diabetes with Animals – David Sedaris
- The Florist’s Daughter – Patricia Hampl
- Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes
- The Martha Rules – Martha Stewart
- Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns
Ms. Jeannie promised her handsome husband that after reading each book and thoughtfully thinking about it – she’ll retire it to the towering stacks on the dresser far, far away from the bed. By September, she should be out of harm’s way. Quite possibly, also by then, a new batch of handmade bookshelves will be finished. (hint, hint, Mr. Jeannie!).
Last week, Ms. Jeannie fell in love with this house full of bookshelves from the Hooked on Houses blog.
You don’t have to worry about any sudden death here! Perhaps one day, Ms. Jeannie will be appropriately organized with her book collection. Until then, she’ll just have to take it one story at a time.
What’s on your summer reading list? If you’ve read any of the books in Ms. Jeannie’s list above, please let her know which ones and what you thought.
Happy reading and happy weekend!
10 thoughts on “The Summer Reading List”
So much pressure 🙂 I have a “read-before-you-die-pile”… and I better live a long time.
Cheers to that Pat!
Wouldn’t you just love to have that house! Oh my goodness. I am researching book cases at the moment for our new house so this was an inspiration. Happy reading, I just finished – Simplify Your Life – 100 ways to slow down and enjoy the things that really matter. It was ok, I had already implemented many of her ideas…good food for thought.
That house IS amazing! Simplify Your Life?! Sounds like Ms. Jeannie should add that one to her pile!
Ms. Jeannie….bravo to you for your daring in stacking those books so high! I applaud your ambitious reading goals and hope you get those long hoped for shelves from Mr. Jeannie. The only other thing I can say to you is that you should be glad you don’t work in a library….your problems would be far more acute! Enjoy every moment of those books!
Oh the thoughts of the life in the library – oh my!
Oh, my what an ambitious reader you are! I hope you have the perfect reading chair.
I just finished Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. I enjoyed it, you might want to give it a look. I also recommend The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
I volunteer at the library. Part of my exercise is lugging books home every week and then back the next week!
Oh those two sound great Cindy – thank you for the recommendations. I bet all that lugging gives you some good arm muscles:)
I’ve read all the david sedaris booka except the newest. All very funny.
Under the tuscan sun is great.
Good luck getting through the tower of books.
Thanks for the encouragement! Just finished Let’s explore Diabetes with Owls – which was hilarious! How can anyone just not wish they knew David Sedaris – he is such fun. Can’t wait to start in on Under The Tuscan Sun – the movie is a favorite!