Summer Reading 2011

Confession time…

Now that summer vacation is here (well it is for us) – how many books to do you have on your summer reading list?

I have eight books on my reading list.

Yes, that’s a bit much, but I can be over the top. AND…my perfect summer day would involve me sitting in a comfy beach chair (on the beach of course), reading my books – all day long, having a friendly butler-esque person bring libations and tasty treats – while my kids frolic safely in the water and they don’t bother me because I’m reading.

If that were my reality, then I could easily knock out all eight books this summer.


Our multigenerational nest has so many books on our reading lists and we are overly excited about reading ALL of them. So, I’m in good company in getting all these books read.

All of us have signed up for the summer reading program at our local library. This is a great incentive because all five of us can participate, we love getting the prizes, and we all are a little bit competitive in tackling our summer reading lists.

Our book lists:


  1. The Silk Road by Frances Wood
  2. The Best American Essays of the Century edited by Joyce Carol Oates
  3. Mailer, his Life and Times by Peter Manso
  4. Chronicles by the one and only Bob Dylan
  5. Available newspapers and magazines and road signs


  1. True(…sort of) by Katherine Hannigan
  2. Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
  3. Abel’s Island by William Steig
  4. The Time Travelers by Linda Buckley-Archer
  5. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  6. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  7. Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  8. Letters to a Young Sister by Hill Harper
  9. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell


  1. Too Many Zucchini for Zachary Beany with Other by Tina Dozauer-Ray
  2. It’s Sharing Day! (Dora the Explorer) by Kirsten Larsen and Ron Zalm
  3. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  4. Whose Knees are These? by Jabari Asim and LeUyen Pham
  5. Whose Toes are Those? by Jabari Asim and LeUyen Pham
  6. Because I Am Your Daddy by Sherry North and Marcellus Hall
  7. City I Love by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Marcellus Hall


  1. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  2. The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michel Watkins
  3. Second Wind: The Memoirs of an Opinionated Man by Bill Russell
  4. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  5. The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley


  1. Mothers-in-Law and Daughters-in-Law: Love, Hate, Rivalry and Reconciliation by Susan Shapiro Barash
  2. What’s Really Holding You Back?: Close the Gap Between Where You Are and Where You Want to Be by Valorie Burton
  3. How Did I Get So Busy?: The 28-day Plan to Free Your Time, Reclaim Your Schedule, and Reconnect with what Matters Most by Valorie Burton
  4. Self Coaching 101 by Brooke Castillo
  5. The Black History of the White House by Clarence Lusane
  6. The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve
  7. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  8. Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families by Leslie Morgan Steiner

We also have our own in-house tools we are using to document our love of reading.

Here are some summer reading resources that may interest you:

Tell us what you are reading this summer and how you are sharing your love of reading with family members and friends.



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