Summer Escape

Posted by on Aug 10, 2010 in All

After writing “Summer Reading” – I had the great pleasure of re-reading “To  Kill a Mockingbird.” While this wasn’t one of my summer reading list books as a girl, it was a book I read early, and that made a great impression. If everyone just followed Atticus Finch’s path, we’d all be much more compassionate, fair, and just with each other. And Scout is the perfect heroine, so young and ignorant of the world that she gets to ask all the questions we do not dare, and say all the things that provoke real dialogue and change.

Scout is also an avid reader, and has this wonderful quote:

“Until I feared to lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

All summer I have been “breathing” my way through many wonderful books, several of which have been read and loved more than once.  So I thought I’d put together a list of my favorites to share. I cheated a bit and added a couple of favorites from the spring, too.

I’d love to know what you’ve been reading, too.

Gin’s Summer Reading List

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird –  Harper Lee
  2. The Companions –  Sherri S. Tepper
  3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Steig Larrson (3rd in the series)
  4. The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
  5. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins (1st in the series)
  6. Little, Big – John Crowley
  7. Muse and Reverie – Charles de Lint
  8. The Curse of the Wolf GirlMartin Millar (follow-up to Lonely Werewolf Girl)
  9. The Ruby in the Smoke – Philip Pullman (1st of the Sally Lockhart series)
  10. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert


  1. Rachel Newman
    August 11, 2010

    The Steig Larrson books are good?

  2. Gin
    August 11, 2010

    Yes! They are really engaging. The stories build momentum, until you find yourself following every little detail of each case, and getting invested in the outcomes. Lisbeth Salander is a great anti-heroine, too.

  3. Colleen
    August 11, 2010

    I so agree with your evaluation of Stieg Larrson! I have some issues with his style, but overall his books are a lot of fun. I’m on board with the John Crowley and the Muriel Barbery, both *great* books. Not a huge fan of Charles de Lint, I tried, but he’s a bit too fey for me, I guess. And Elizabeth Gilbert, can’t do it. I guess the movie previews with Julia Roberts looking so amazingly smug have ruined it. I’m curious about the Suzanne Collins—I’ve heard so much about it. Do you recommend it?

  4. Gin
    August 12, 2010


    I totally get the Charles de Lint aversion – but I love him. My favorite of all time is “Someplace to Be Flying,” but if you don’t like urban fairy tales, or fairy/spirit hybrids, leave ’em alone.

    “Eat, Pray, Love” is much more humorous and real than I expected when I first read it back in 2007, maybe you can read it after all the hype for the movie is over, and you can find a copy without Ms. Roberts on the cover!

    “The Hunger Games” are, in a word, AWESOME. Brutal, fast-paced, bittersweet are also good words – it’s a great dystopia story with another strong, flawed heroine.

    Any other recommendations?