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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer Reading, What's on Your LIst?

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According to our weather man, this weekend is supposed to be the hottest yet this year.  I know I live in the South but I just don't do hot.  So you will find me hibernating in my nice air conditioned home doing what I love to do - and one of those things is catching up on my reading.  I have had to set it aside while I was getting some other more important things done.  But, I now have the time and I intend to take advantage of it.   So, I thought I would share my summer reading list with you.

Vintage, Paint and more... four books for your summer reading list

As you can see by looking at the titles I really don't have a specific genre I stick to.  I read whatever looks interesting to me.  I  keep a running list of Books to Read in my bullet journal to easily keep track of what I want to read.  I just mark them off when I am finished and it's easy to add to the list as I see something that sparks my interest. So for this week, I have two easy and fun books, an inspirational book and a self -help book.  

Vintage, Paint and more... a list of books to read this summer

Some of these I have bought and some of them I have borrowed from the library.  I love our library - it has a program where I can go online and "order" whatever title I want and they will have it ready for me to pick up.  Easy peasy.  I prefer to read good old printed pages but will default to a Kindle book if necessary.  There's just something about holding that book and turning the pages that make the experience so much better.   Let's take a look at what I have chosen for this hot week - maybe you'll see something you'd like as well.

Vintage, Paint and more... 1984 a novel by George Orwell

My first pick is  1984 (Signet Classics) by George Orwell.  I know, I know - this is an old one but it is a classic.  I read this book as required reading in high school - that was a very long time ago.  It has been referenced in several books I have read lately so I thought I would go back and reread it as I have forgotten much of it.   If you are not familiar with this book, it was written in 1948 about a future 1984 dystopian world.  When I read it the first time 1984 was in the future for me also and this story was quite chilling for me.  And now that 1984 has passed I want to see if it still holds the same feelings as it did before.  How can one forget - "Big Brother is watching you.".

My next pick is Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I am excited to read this after reading her book Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia which inspired me to change a few things in my own life.  I am hoping this one is just as inspiring as she "discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives".

The Woman in Cabin 10  has been on my list for some time.  I am just now getting around to reading it.  It is a "suspenseful and haunting" novel by Ruth Ware.  It is said that if you have read The Girl on the Train then you must read this book.  The Girl on the Train was a real page turner for me and I finished it in less than a day so, I am excited about reading this one also.

Now don't laugh but I am really looking forward to reading 
My iPhone for Seniors (Covers iPhone 7/7 Plus and other models running iOS 10) (3rd Edition).  I have had an iPhone for years but I know there is so much I don't know about it.  So I decided this is the time for me to learn all those little secrets and tips to using it to the fullest.  I have read the first two chapters and learned several new things I didn't know.  It is quite easy to follow and is filled with lots of pictures and diagrams to help you understand.  Just think I may be able to actually use my iPhone like it should be when I am done. 

So that is my reading list for the next week - a mixture of old, new, fun, and educational.  I plan on curling up with one of these books every day in a nice cool spot with a nice cool drink and reading away.  I certainly won't be going out - I just don't do hot.  

What are your plans for this weekend?  What have you been reading?  Please tell me in the comments below as I am always looking for new books to read.

I will be linking to the parties listed on my Where I Party page.  Please stop by and check them out - you'll find all kinds of great inspiration at each one.


  1. Thanks for sharing your summer reading! Like you, I plan to hibernate as it will be 98 both Saturday and Sunday. The Girl in Cabin 10 is on my list. I'm reading Nora Roberts, The Obsession. I'd never read her, thought too girlie for me, but it really is an enjoyable page turner.

    I sore I would never read on a kindle. Like you I love the feel of a book and use online to browse and reserve at my library, but I won a Kindle and actually do like using it.

    Visiting from Vintage Charm.

    1. I have never read anything by Nora Roberts - like you I thought it would be too girlie so to speak. I do have the Kindle app on my Ipad and use it for some reading but much prefer to read a real book. Try to stay cool this weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. What a fun variety of books! I'm digging into Eugene Peterson's Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. Pretty deep, but I'm taking it slowly.

  3. I always enjoy getting lost in a good book! Thanks for sharing your summer reading @Vintage Charm!

  4. Sorry that it is hot Cathy, but glad you are finding time to read. Hot here, but not finding time right now. I need to force myself to get some sewing done. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. I'm reading a historical mystery but Ashley Weaver, fun and light.

  6. Saw a segment on Sunday Morning about Louise Penny so checked one of her books out of the library last week and I'm about to dive in. Just finished John Madison's biography and it was a chore, but if you like post-colonial history, it's a must.

  7. That's a great list Cathy, except for the IPhone for Seniors, I think I'll give that one a miss ;-) I'm about halfway through "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt and I'm loving it.

  8. Thanks for the list! I will add Elizabeth Gilbert's book to my list as I'm finding myself interested in changing my mindset as I quickly veer towards 40!! May have to get the iPhone for Seniors for my mother who keeps butt dialing me and sending me texts full of emojis, lol! Visiting from Welcome Home Wednesday party.

  9. I'm with you on preferring printed books! I am prone to migraines and have to use a computer at my full-time job, so I try to minimize my screen time the rest of the day. But I love to read! Here is my book review index--hope you'll find some inspirations there.

  10. I'm reading lots of light summer romance type of books; Debbie Macomber Out of the rain, The Summer house by Jenny Hale, The Things we do for Love by Kristin Hannah, and Return to Sullivan's Island by Dorethea Benton Frank.

  11. I love mystery/detective type books, so The Girl on the Train and the Woman in Cabin 10 sound great! I will be adding them to my list. Thanks for the tip!

  12. Thanks for sharing your reading list at C&C with J&J. Enjoy the weekend.

  13. today i finished Killers of the Flower Moon -- the Osage Murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann. It's not something i would normally pick up, but it was certainly thought provoking. This is the story of the murder of more than 24 Osage Indians because of their head rights--


    Today i finished Killers of the Flower Moon-- the Osage Indian murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann. Just an amazing part of our history! I saw David Grann on a talk show recently and decided to read to his book. i'm glad i did.