Summer vacation won’t be boring if you bring a couple of these titles to the beach or lake

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” – Stephen King 

I’ve been a voracious reader ever since my father gave in one day after what felt like a year of begging to teach me to read. The first book I ever read was a Sesame Street Book, The Monster at the End of the Book, and yes, I updated this in 2021 to include the video link for anyone who actually reads my old posts.

When you get a reputation for being a bit of a book connoisseur, people start asking you for recommendations of what to read. This happens to me more often than not. Especially since everyone knows I’m that weirdo that clings to the romanticism that exists in holding a physical book and that the nook gave to me for Christmas last year sleeps as soundly as Rip Van Winkle in the back of my sock drawer.

I figured my blog would be a great place to list all of them that I read in 2013 so far and perfectly timed as many folks start planning their summer vacations and beach or lakeside reads. Lately, I’ve been reading many dramatic works of fiction, with a sprinkling of poetry and nonfiction.

Without further ado, in order of oldest to most recently read:

Call Me If You Need Me by Raymond Carver

Short Cuts by Raymond Carver

In Praise of Messy Lives by Katie Roiphe

On Writing by Stephen King (re-read) 

Monkeys by Susan Minot 

Lust and Other Stories by Susan Minot

We Live in Water by Jess Walters

Darkness Visible by William Styron

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Just an Ordinary Day by Shirley Jackson

Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Dry by Augusten Burroughs

We Don’t Live Here Anymore by Andre Dubus

Waiting for Grace & Other Poems by Christopher Locke

New and Selected Poems by Charles Simic

Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck

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