July 22, 2013

Summer Reading Fun

I normally read more books in the summer than in the winter.  All the pool and beach time I enjoy is usually accompanied by a good book or my latest issue of either Sports Illustrated, Runner's World, or Women's Running magazine.  This summer there have been several books that are standouts that I would like to suggest for those looking for a good read.

The first book is Gold by Chris Cleave, also author of the wildly popular book, Little Bee.  Gold follows the track cycling career of two female athletes who are planning to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games.  The book has so many twists and turns that keep the reader highly entertained.  I would give this an enthusiastic thumbs up to anyone who likes to read about sports and competition.

Another great read is Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.  This book is the harrowing tale of one member of Seal Team 10 who survived a battle in the mountains of Afghanistan.  The story is riveting and while the end was clear before I picked up the book, you are still on the edge of your seat until you turn the final page.  A new appreciation for what the Navy Seals endure both in training and combat was fully realized by this reader.

My final selection is a wonderful guide to Disneyland!  The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland by Bob Sehlinger is a complete guide with all the information you could possibly need for a trip to the west coast Disney property. They have great maps, detailed cost analysis and hotel and restaurant guide information. This is an older version of the book, from my first trip in 2011, but updates were easily available online at the Disney.com website. We are eager to get on the plane for our trip to California next month!

I have several books on my Kindle ready for my long flight to California and they include a Dandelion Growing Wild by Kim Jones, a champion marathoner and Ken Follett's Winter of the World, my bookclub's selection for our September meeting.  Do you have any good books to recommend?


  1. I just finished reading divergent, so good!

  2. I'm a historical fiction fan...can't get enough! Love your Disneyland guide! Can't wait to be back!!

    1. Karen, I love Phillipa Gregory's books about English women. Need to see if there is a new one at the library!