June 13, 2014


Hi friends! Sorry it has been a bit quiet around here, I have been working some extra hours at the opera house trying to make a little bit of extra cash by stage managing for a couple of dance recitals. We have a week off contract next week, so I am trying to make up for that.

I wanted to pop in and share my summer reading list with you. Next week I am going to visit my parents, but I am also planning to catch up on my reading. I am a total bookworm, so this should be fun! Here are some of the books I am looking forward to reading this summer.

An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay
This will be Gay's first novel, about the kidnapping of the daughter of a very rich man in Haiti. If it's anything like her fabulous essays, which cover every corner of the world of contemporary pop culture, it's sure to be a hit.
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
The author of Mr. Fox serves up an inventive retelling of the Snow White story, centering around Boy, a woman who marries a widow and gives birth to a son, Bird, whose dark skin reveals that the family has been attempting to "pass" as white.
Love & Treasure by Ayelet Waldman
At the end of World War II, a crew of American soldiers capture a train filled with gold jewelry and other riches. The man guarding the treasures becomes conflicted after meeting a Hungarian woman who has lost everything she has in the war.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

If I Stay by Gayle Forman In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
** I am actually about 1/4 of the way through this on audiobook, and might finish it on the drive to and from Rochester next week. Cross your fingers for me! (also, it's very good).

If you want to follow along with what I am reading this summer, make sure to follow me on my Goodreads account! Also, today I'm linking up with The Grits Blog!

Disclaimer: All photos and descriptions for this post came from Barnes & Noble, and the Huffington Post.


  1. Looks like a great list! The only one there that I've read is Orphan Train, and I recall enjoying it. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    1. I've had my eye on that one for a while! I'll let you know how I like it!

  2. Visiting from BOBB on FB. I'm a reader, too. If you like, you can join the summer reading challenge. I'd love to have you. http://www.thissimplehome.com/2014/06/summer-reading-challenge.html

  3. Hey! I just read your about me section and we live in the same area! I'm really close by. I love reading (I was an English major) and I write poetry all the time (a creative writing concentration in college). We should totally do a book club or a blog in sometime lol!


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