Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Blog Swap: Summer Reading Favorites

I, Tasha, have participated in the 20-something Bloggers Summer Blog Swap! Folks with blogs of all types have swapped with a randomly assigned partner to talk about summer.

I didn't have any particularly exciting summer stories, so I shared with her readers a story about my after-school kids who are all returning from summer break. You can check out the post over on Mom and Dem. My swap partner is Meghan, who writes Mom and Dem. You can hear from Meghan after the jump.

Meghan lives, works and plays in Dallas and loves to say inappropriate things at inappropriate times. Last year, she started Mom and Dem, a blog to catalog all of her random (and hopefully funny) musings on life and family and ridiculous things in the world. Her favorite way to get get her Geek Girl on is to read.

The other day my little sister was complaining about all the summer reading she had to get done before school starts next week. I was laughing thinking about how these days, I would love to have some lazy summer days just to sit around and do nothing and read. But, alas, I’m an adult now and unless I want to do that reading under a bridge somewhere, I need to be at work all day. (KGG note: True that! I have hardly any time to read for pleasure.)

But, I have some all-time summer reading favorites that I have to recommend. Some are funny, most are fiction, all are pretty light-hearted (I mean, let’s be honest … I will probably be reading these under an umbrella with a pina colada in my hand so they should be pretty breezy!)

Imajica by Clive Barker (Goodreads) Don’t let the size of this one get you intimidated. It is definitely not something you’ll read in a day or two at the beach, but the time invested is totally worth it. Typically, I’m not a fantasy reader and words like “magic”, “alien” and/or “dimension” make me nervous, but this is a captivating read that will take you from the familiar surroundings of Earth to different worlds that are described in the best detail. The story kept me intrigued until the very end and I COULD. NOT. put it down. It really is a rollercoaster of fantasy and new ideas and pure fun. It makes my list of summer reads, despite the length, because summer is just the perfect time to get away, even if it’s from the comfort of your couch!

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Goodreads) I love young adult fiction, especially those classics we all remember reading growing up. Even though this book isn’t all smiles and laughs, it totally transports you to another time and I can always put myself right smack dab in the middle of New England as a fifth sister (or maybe I’ll just be Jo … a bratty, overdramatic writer? Sounds about right.)

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann (Goodreads) An awesome trashy read about three girls trying to make it in show business and really screw each other over in the process. Sex, drugs, glamour and more drugs. It’s pretty much a soap opera that you can read. This is a mindless classic that I always recommend to friends when they need a good beach book.

The Last Shot by Darcy Frey (Goodreads) I’m an absolute sucker for sports books and movies, even more so when they involve an underdog (which, they usually always do!) Summer is a great time to delve into a summer book because of the utter lack of good sports on TV – I’m a football and basketball girl, so I can say that. This book follows the true lives of four young basketball players just trying to make it. In some parts, I couldn’t even believe it was non-fiction. This might be my one exception to light-hearted. There are some parts that seem so unfair and you feel for the kids and their situation, but I just couldn’t put it down! This is not a beach read as much as a put-your-life-into-perspective-when-you-are-complaining-about-working-in-the-summer read.

Bossypants by Tina Fey (Goodreads) Not much to say about this one except I want Tina Fey to be my best friend and make me laugh out loud every single day like I did when I was flying through this book. A must read for anyone who loves to laugh (aka EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING ON THE PLANET!)

What are your can’t-miss summer faves that you always recommend to your friends?

(HUGE THANKS to 20-Something Bloggers for organizing the blog swap and to Meghan for getting her geek on for us!)

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