Posted: Jun 19, 2013 8:00 AM
 
I am an avid reader. I love fiction, memoir, self-help — anything built around a story. I read the most in the summer months, when there is more time for lounging outside, or when our travel schedule takes me away from a regular to-do list. Even with two young children, I make time to read quality books, but since time is a priority, I’m picky about the stack of books on my bedside table.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain

I had the pleasure of hearing Susan Cain speak at a conference recently, and even though I had listened to her viral Ted talk about introverts, I can't seem to stop thinking about the topic. I'm a chatty person, and not shy in front of a group. Most people assume this means I'm an extrovert, but actually being social drains me for days. Cain's research on personality types and how they work in the real world and in relationships is really interesting.

Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Melton

Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed
by Glennon Doyle Melton

As the creator of the popular blog Momastery, Glennon Doyle Melton is consistently one of the bloggers who blows me away with her writing. I try to support fellow bloggers by buying their books, and this is one that I have been waiting for.

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Me Before You
by JoJo Moyes

Several trusted reader friends have recommended this book to me, and their raves have landed it on the top of my book stack. An ordinary young girl takes on a job as a caregiver to a newly wounded superstar, and it appears to be a book about love and about living the life you're handed.

Growing up Amish by Ira Wagler

Growing up Amish
by Ira Wagler

I am often drawn to a good faith memoir. There's something about the thread of it that feels universal to me, even if I'm not overly familiar with the particular religion. This one came on my radar after a friend met Mr. Wagler, and it's on The New York Times best seller list.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
by Maria Semple

I found this book by browsing another blogger's To-Read list and I added it immediately to my GoodReads. Besides what looks like a modern and satirical rendition of the mother/daughter relationship, I was first drawn to the book when I read about the author. Maria Semple has written for television on Arrested Development, Ellen and Mad About You — all shows that have tickled me. A book in this tone would be a great beach read.

168 Hours: You have more time than you think by Laura Vanderkam

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
by Laura Vanderkam

Fine, I admit it. I'm a productivity junkie. Or rather, I'm an avid reader of productivity tips. Much like the person who reads obsessively about fitness instead of actually, you know, working out, I can't get enough information about time management. 168 Hours is the type of thing I would read quickly, in spurts, on my e-reader. Because I'm very busy.

Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosentrach

Dinner: A Love Story
by Jenny Rosenstrach

I am new to Jenny Rosenstrach's blog, but what I have read about her book is that it is part cookbook, part memoir and part practical advice about family mealtime. I grew up sitting down to a warm meal almost every night of the week, but I've struggled to recreate this in my family due to hectic schedules and a priority on haste. A book like this might be just the kick in the pants I need.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/63
by Stephen King

King was one of the most influential writers of my youth, but I admit that I haven't read him in years, and the size of this book has kept me skipping it. But I think this summer would be the perfect time to pick up the fictionalized time travel novel based around the assassination of President Kennedy.

I use GoodReads and Evernote to keep track of book recommendations. They're also handy because they both have apps for my phone. I'm part of a book club where we often discuss not only the month's selection, but anything else we've read or heard about. My ears perk up when someone mentions a good book on Twitter or Facebook. Reading is my favorite pastime, and there is no shortage of good books this summer.

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