What I’m Reading :: End of Summer

I love summertime reading.  To me, a chair by the pool with a good book is a great way to spend the afternoon.  My days by the pool are over now that I’m back to work, but there’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy a good book.  I have two suggestions if you are looking for something new to read.

I liked The Blue Bistro so much that I plowed through it in two reading sessions.  The food descriptions in this book are guaranteed to make your mouth water and I also enjoyed reading about the behind the scenes world of the kitchen and front of the house life in a restaurant.  Elin Hilderbrand generally uses Nantucket as the setting for her books and this one is no exception.  Nantucket is on my “one of these days” list, thanks to Hilderbrand’s descriptions.
The Blue Bistro

I just started The Devil Amongst the Lawyers.  It’s about newspaper reporters descending on a small town in Appalachia to cover the story of a young woman accused of murdering her father.  McCrumb’s descriptions of life in Appalachia never fail to quickly draw me into her story.
Sharon McCrumb

What are you reading?  I can always use a recommendation to add to my list.

I’m sharing here:

What We're Reading


  1. Thanks to you, I am reading “The Island”. Just started it this afternoon, but only read 2 pages before the girls started going crazy. 😉

  2. These books sound great. I am reading The Help right now. I am trying to finish it so that I can go and see the movie soon. Carla

  3. I decided to go back and read some books that I didn’t know were books before I saw the movies. Message in a Bottle and The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.

    Loved both of them. Though I do find Nicholas Sparks to be rather slow and light reading.

    Divine Secrets started slow, but got really good toward the middle and end.

    I read a lot of non fiction and just finished How We Love. Not the most well-written book I’ve ever read, but the concepts were life-altering. I highly recommend it.


  4. Thanks for the recommendations. I’m always looking for new books to read. I’m currently reading “The Boleyn Inheritance” by Philippa Gregory. I really enjoyed her “The Other Boleyn Girl” (book, not movie) a few years ago, and this is a continuation of the Henry VIII story…fictionalized, of course.

  5. I recently discovered Kate Morton- she has three books; The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours and The House at Riverton. I LOVED all three, they were so wonderful! They take place in England (not a series- three different stories) and are just lovely. They’re long, about 500 pages each, but so terrific.

  6. I just finished In Stitches by Dr. Tony Youn. It was a great read. He’s very funny and I love his humorous take on things that happened during his medical school training proving that laughter is the best medicine. The second book your mentioned sounds great, I’ll have to pick that one up.

  7. Calling by from the Reading Party, thankyou for these two interesting suggestions which I will certainly look out for. I have not read either of these authors before.

  8. I would love to read The Blue Bistro! I’ll request it from my library! I’ve read everything Sharon McCrumb has written! I LOVE her books! I live in the mountains of NC so I can relate to the scenery and mountain people she has in most of her books! Great review! ♥ Thanks! ♥

  9. Thanks so much for linking to our party! I recently read Elin Hilderbrand’s Barefoot, and I enjoyed it. I think I might like The Blue Bistro even better because reading about the behind the scenes in a restaurant sounds like fun. I like the Nantucket setting of her books, too. Great reviews!

  10. Very interesting! I think that they both look good. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 I’m lucky to get one book a month read. So I hear ya about vacation reading! LOVE IT!


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