Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Salon

YAY! It's official! Summer is here! It has been (and will continue to be this week) hot and sticky in northern VA. And you know what? I love it! Yep... I'm the girl who loves the hot, humid, muggy days of summer. I'm thrilled when the temperatures are 90 degrees and higher. The only downside is, I'm a runner and it's quite challenging to run in this weather. So I either run first thing in the morning or after work in the evenings.

As of late, I've been doing a lot of thinking about my reading so far this year. As usual, the number of library books I've read is triple the number of books I've read that I own. A few weeks ago, Mary of Bookfan challenged herself to read books that have been on her TBR list for several months. These books were either purchased by her or giveaway wins. So I asked her if I could join her as well and she agreed.

My summer reading challenge officially begins today and will end Sept. 6 (Labor Day). My goal is to read at least 10 books that I own. Here's a list of books I randomly pulled from my shelves:
  • 29 - Adena Halpern
  • Balancing Acts - Zoe Fishman
  • Between Friends - Kristy Kiernan
29Balancing ActsBetween Friends
  • Bundle of Trouble - Diana Orgain
  • Commencement - J. Courtney Sullivan
  • Dead Air - Mary Kennedy
Bundle of TroubleCommencementDead Air
  • House Rules - Jodi Picoult
  • Italian for Beginners - Kristin Harmel
  • Live to Tell - Wendy Corsi Staub
House RulesItalian for BeginnersLIve to Tell - Staub
  • Motherhood is Murder - Diana Orgain
  • Second Time Around - Beth Kendrick
  • The Beach House - Jane Green
Motherhood is MurderSecond Time AroundThe Beach House
  • The Bright Side of Disaster - Katherine Center
  • The One That I Want - Allison Scotch Winn
Bright Side of DisasterThe One That I Want

Will I read 10 from this list? Will the list change by summer's end? Stay tuned to find out.

What are your summer reading plans?


  1. Oh, I see several books there that I either want or have read and loved!

    I have read Allison Winn Scotch's other books and I'm really, really wanting the new one! I love all of Katherine Center's books and just got the new one!

    House Rules was fabulous!

    Here's my salon:

  2. Good luck with your challenge! I hope to read some really good books this summer. There is nothing like getting lost in a book while on summer vacation.

  3. A few of those are on my tbr shelf or list so I'll watch for your reviews. Good luck!

  4. I have a lot of the same titles in my TBR pile. Good luck!

  5. I hope you get to Bright Side of Disaster! Stick it up there at the top of the pile!!!! :)

  6. and Mar are tempting but, but I have promised myself no more challenges. I was up to (15) and eliminated (5) a while back.

    Many of the ones on your list would be books I would love as well. Happy Summer :)

  7. I hope you like ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS! :-) Thanks for the little shout-out!
    Kristin Harmel

  8. Good luck with your challenge. It sounds like a really great idea. There are a ton of books in my TBR pile that I know are probably great reads but haven't read them yet. Have fun!