“Oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (aka. my philosophy in life :) )

I’ve read a few books this summer …

My Summer Reads List

The Books I read this summer, from my Goodreads shelf

… and I’ve loved so many of them.

Books to Read 2013:

One book has made my all-time favorites list, and in reading it, I discovered a new favorite contemporary author: Jojo Moyes. I read her ME BEFORE YOU and have been thinking about it for all the weeks since I turned the last page. It is a book that makes you F-E-E-L and ask many questions, about yourself, about life, about those you love, about the meaning and value in each and every day. I loved it.

Since ME BEFORE YOU, I’ve read one more of Moyes’s books, THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER, and liked it. And now, as I write this, I’m about halfway through her newest novel, which came out last week, THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND. It’s also fantastic (but I don’t want to jump ahead of things, as I haven’t yet reached the end).

Another book I loved this summer is Yangsze Choo’s THE GHOST BRIDE. It is receiving many (well-deserved) awards, and I’m talking about it and recommending it over at Great New Books.org today. Please venture over there (click here) and enter to win a copy. We have 4 to give away.

As always, I’m working hard, daily, on my novel. It’s coming along … I can’t wait until I can share more when I’m further down the road.

Please share in the comments what books knocked you over this summer, as in, books you absolutely loved. Thanks, and happy reading!

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