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Cannonball Read III Presents: Summer Reads

By Tamatha Uhmelmahaye | Books | June 27, 2011 |

By Tamatha Uhmelmahaye | Books | June 27, 2011 |

A couple of weeks ago, I sent the following message to this year’s Cannonballers:

Now that summer is here (yes, I know not technically, but as far as I’m concerned summer begins when June does), I am thinking that it would be good to have a theme for some of the CBR posts this summer: Summer Reads. I don’t know about you, but summer vacations-especially when I go to the beach-are when I have some of my best opportunities to finally make a dent in my reading list. And I often make a trip to the library before heading out on vacation. I’d like to be able to give the Pajibans a bunch of recommendations as they may be looking to add to their summer reading lists.

Of course to do this, I need your help. I would like you to send me links to any reviews you’ve written for books that you think will make good summer reads. To be clear, a summer read does *not* need to be fluff! Vacations often provide a rare opportunity to read uninterupted for a stretch of time, and therefore can be a good time to delve into a meatier book. Of course, other folks on vacation want something that’s easy to pick up and put down as they grab 20 minutes here and there between activities. I want a mix of books to recommend to our fellow readers.

So, have at it!

Several Cannonballers responded, and below you can find a list of their various recommendations (in no particular order), with links to their reviews. For the rest of the summer, keep your eye out for reviews for some of these recommendations. And please feel free to include your suggestions for summer reads in the comments.

Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bond

The Wentworths by Katie Arnoldi

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Brave New Worlds edited by John Joseph Adams

The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

And another recommendation for Stardust

Just Kids by Patti Smith

The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith

In the Woods by Tana French

And a second recommendation for In the Woods.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Feed by Mira Grant

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

The Sookie Stackhouse series, here’s a link to a review of the most recent book in the series.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith

D-Day June 6, 1944 by Stephen Ambrose

And here are some recommendations of books that were read for previous Cannonballs:

Chemical Pink by Katie Arnoldi

Point Dume by Katie Arnoldi

The Night Country by Stewart O’Nan

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Dennis Lehane’s Kenzie/Gennaro Mysteries

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg


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