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For the Lover of Books; 2011 Summer Reading List

June 26, 2011
Happy Summer!! The weather down here in Florida is hot hot hot! Each day averages at about 95 degrees, and all the locals tell me I haven’t see anything yet. July and August can bring temperatures as high as 115 degrees. Please, keep my in prayer lol.

The passing summer solstice lit the fire under me to finalize my 2o11 summer book list. I’m happy to share I have finally put together my 2011 summer reading list! I complied a listing of books I have had on my heart to read over the year, and some books that have recently peaked my interest. One of my favorite things about the summer as a child was all of the new books I had the opportunity to read. I can remember the days before ‘sparknotes’ existed, and I actually had to obtain the books on my list and read them from front to cover. There just weren’t any shortcuts back when I was in elementary school. As a result, I looked forward to testing myself on how quickly I could get through the required reading, because once that was completed, I could move on the all the babysitter’s club books I check out of the library 🙂

In the spirit of the excitement I felt way back when, I am digging out the summer time reading list feelings and have chosen a handful of books I would like to get through this summer. Some have made quite a literary buzz, while others have been on my list for years. In any case, I have them at my disposal and cannot wait to share my opinions of what I read! Even though I am in an intensive Summer Fellowshp program, I fully intend on reading books for pleasure. It took me roughly two weeks to get through one novel (The Help), but I rather have gone slowly than not have read it at all.

{disclaimer: I am a lover of books, and as a result find it my duty to provide my honest and through opinion of the plot, narration, and overall writing of the books that I read. If you have not read a particular book I am reviewing, I suggest you skip these posts. Just know that any book I review here is one that I highly recommend you pick up and read for yourself, irregardless of my personal feelings towards them}

A Taste of Honey: Stories by Jabari Asim

Little Bee: A Novel, by Chris Cleave. [read, review coming soon!]


The Help: A Novel by Kathryn Stockett [read, review coming soon!]


Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue


Half of a Yellow Sun: A Novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls


Secret Daughter: A Novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere: Stories by ZZ Packer

I’ve been meaning to read all of these books for a while now and summer is the perfect time to delve in. Is there a book you’re reading that you can’t put down? I’d love to hear about it!

♥ Chinye

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mabel permalink
    June 29, 2011 7:38 am

    Yum, I love a good book list! I have my list but haven’t divulged yet, I’m waiting until I am completely on vacay from work. I’ve read Half of a Yellow Sun possibly 3 times, twice a summer read and once a winter read. It’s that memorable. That good. I’m surprised you haven’t read it yet Ms. Igbo! lol! I can’t wait for your review on Little Bee b/c it didn’t receive a good review from me…. I might join you on a book or two, happy reading!

    • June 29, 2011 9:15 pm

      I know, shame, shame on me lol. I’ve been meaning to read it for the last few years. I’m actually glad i’m reading it now as many concepts of the plot are very familiar. The food, the mannerisms, the setting….i’m really identifying with it. I also picked up a few of her other works which I’m equally excited to read.

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