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The Sunday List, Summer Reading

Is  there anything better than Summer Reading?

A stack of books.

An icy drink.


Maybe it’s because I live in Michigan, but reading outside is one of my favorite things.  The fact that we have limited time makes it even more attractive.  Our back deck is literally just another room in our house once the temps get above 65.

Every year I start with a list of books that will be coming out, but rarely get through them all.  This year, I scoured every list I’ve seen… (thank you Buzzfeed, Pop Sugar, and Redbook) and created my own list of books that I plan on reading.

Like, they’re in my calendar.

Yes, I’ve turned into that person.

So, here is my list.  What I would love is anyone to take this challenge with me and see how many of these titles you get through.  The list consists of books that come out after Memorial Day, but there are a few bonus books at the end in case you wanted to start early 🙂

Summer Reading List 2017

  1. In This Moment, Karma Brown.  Out May 30.
  2. The Good Widow, Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke (is it ever really Summer without a Liz & Lisa book?).  Out June 1
  3. The Lost Letter, Jillian Cantor.  Out June 13.
  4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid.  Out June 13.
  5. Kiss Carlo, Adriana Trigiani.  Out June 20.
  6. Every Last Lie, Mary Kubica.  Out June 27.
  7. Hello, Sunshine, Laura Dave.  Out July 11.
  8. Watch Me Disappear, Janelle Brown.  Out July 11.
  9. What To Say Next, Julie Buxbaum.  Out July 11. 

BONUS BOOKS!  These beauties are already out, just waiting to be read…

  1. Every Wild Heart, Meg Donohue.
  2. It’s Always the Husband, Michele Campbell.
  3. Confessions of a Domestic Failure, Bunmi Laditan.

Well, that’s it… my summer in a beautiful, perfect list!  Is it me, or are the covers exceptional this year?  Comment, share, and start reading!

Happy Reading!

xo, Mo


Don’t You Cry

51C-qS47EAL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Traditional book reviews are not my favorite thing.  It always makes me a little crazy when I’m looking through Goodreads, only to find the same summary written and rewritten in catchy ways to try and inform the reader of whether to read the book or not.

I can read a book cover.  I don’t need information about what’s inside the book, and for God’s sake, please leave out any spoiler alerts.  I don’t want to know how it ends… until I get to that spot myself, thank you very much.

What I do want is to know how you felt reading it.  Did you laugh, cry (or hopefully both!), or were you unable to put it down?  Did you struggle to get through or give up for something better?  These are the things I want from a review.

And so that is what I will give you, Dear Reader.

No summaries.

No spoilers.

Just thoughts.  Random thoughts, obviously, but thoughts just the same.

Which brings me to this weeks read, Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica.  I’ll be honest, I almost didn’t finish it.  About a third of the way through, I texted my friend Linda to see if it was worth finishing.  (It’s nice to have a friend who has the same taste in books.)  “It does get better.” was the text I got back.

So, I did finish it, although I may or may not have skimmed quite a bit of it in the middle.  It bothered me because I was such a fan of The Good Girl, and while I liked this story in the end, it was a challenge to get there.  But by the time I got to the last fifty pages, I couldn’t put it down.

Mary knows how to weave a story, a mystery, that I will never know how to do.  Days after reading this, I’m still thinking about the characters and the story woven through the pages.

Should you read it, yes.  Don’t compare it to anything… just relax and enjoy the process.

Actually, use that advice for life too.  Don’t compare… just relax and enjoy the process 🙂

And #prayfororlando #loveALWAYSwins

Happy reading, and have a great week.




Summer Reading Kickoff!


New website.  New look.  New projects.

I have been wanting to start a new website for so long now, and finally – with the long holiday weekend – I am digging in.  Everyone I follow says that WordPress is the way to go, so here I am, learning new things.  I only spent a half-hour with the tech support this morning, so #winning!

While I will mostly talk about books and what I’m reading on this site, I will definitely try to spread my wings into other areas as well.  I am trying to bring more creativity into my life, not less, and the best way I know how to start a conversation is about books, so that is where I will begin.

Last sumA-Man-Called-Ovemer I challenged myself to read one book per week, starting Memorial Weekend.  This year is no different.

My first pick this year is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, which I started yesterday.  This came highly recommended and has been sitting on my bookshelf since December.  It’s time.

Only thirty pages in, and I’m reminded of Clint Eastwood from Grand Torino – a movie I adore for so many reasons  – and I can’t wait to pick it back up.

My other project this summer is to finally tackle the self-publishing world and finally let the world meet Grace and Charlie.  The whole process is a bit daunting to me, and I know I have a lot to learn, but hopefully the end product will be the beginning of something new for me.

That is what this whole year is about anyway.

I hope you enjoyed this.  Thank you for reading!!

If you want to do your own Summer Reading Challenge, check out this reading guide from one of my favorite websites, Modern Miss Darcy.

Happy Reading 🙂