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Smarter Living: 5 Must-Read Summer Books

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I love nothing more than a lazy summer afternoon of reading. Who's with me? But my main problem every year: deciding what on my pile of books to crack open first. So many great books are out there....and if you are like me, my reading minutes are few and far between. Here are a few on the top of my list this summer.

The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones - From author of The Outcast, winner of the Costa First Novel Award in the United Kingdom and a finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction, comes a funny, though dark, comedic novel set in1912 in England. USA Today calls it "Downton Abbey meets The Twilight Zone."

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner - She is one of my all-time favorite authors (she wrote In Her Shoes and Good in Bed along with a gazillion other fabu reads), and her new novel is about four women who have to become a family due circumstance and obligation.

Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep  by David K. Randall - A nonfiction, fun book on why we sleep and how sleep works...why it doesn't come so easy sometimes.

Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook -- Pure joy on the pages...and it has "Dancing with the Stars" in it too. From the author of Must Love Dogs, follow Deidre's journey out of despair and heartache into the spotlight of Hollywood. Total fun and fantastic writing.

Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon - From one of the best authors of our time, this collection of essays on parenthood from a guy's POV is wry, moving, thoughtful and thought-provoking. A must-read.

What are you reading these days? Or what do you want to read?


by on Jun. 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jun. 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM

oooh! thanks for this! I'm so going to read "then came you" by jenn weiner! I love her books!

by on Jun. 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

 I just got done reading the long way home and I loved it.

by on Jun. 25, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I would like to read the hunger games since there is so much hype about it.

by Platinum Member on Jun. 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM
I am distracted by cafemom&don't read as much as I should!!
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by on Jun. 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM


by on Jun. 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

i'm reading wolf tales..(erotic reading)  And then the Wednesday sisters.. 

by on Jun. 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I just finished a Nora Roberts book and I downloaded a few free ones to my Kindle.  Hopefully, I'll actually get them read!  Some of the above sound good!

by on Jun. 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I'm currently re-reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I'm on book 6.

by on Jun. 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I'm STILL working on finishing reading "The Shack".  It's taking me forever since things have been so hectic here.  Next, I plan to read either The Power of a Praying Woman or Heaven is For Real.

by on Jun. 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I am reading hunger games
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