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Summer Reading: Friendkeeping, The Kitchen House, Elin Hilderbrand

I have a friend who’s a teacher. She’s also an avid reader. Since I’ve known her I’ve always felt her excitement and anticipation for summer break, for the obvious reasons, but also because she says she gets in most of her reading during her downtime in the summer since her school year keeps her so busy. That always stuck with me for some reason, probably because my summers before my kids got into school full time felt like any other time of the year and I just squeezed the reading in when I could. But now that my kids are on official summer break, I totally get it and relish the extra opportunities to read during the longer summer days. I normally get my reading in right before bed, but sometimes that gets me into trouble staying up too late. During summer, though, it doesn’t seem to matter. My kids are sleeping in a little later and aren’t as demanding as they used to be first thing in the mornings like when they were babies. So if my body lets me stay up to read, then I go for it.

I’m also learning to stop and steal a few pages of reading during the day, thanks to my son. My son has been gifted with a love of reading like I couldn’t imagine. He devours almost an entire book a day, especially when he’s hooked on a specific series like he is right now, 39 Clues. I can’t explain how happy it makes me when I see him on the couch with his nose in a book, and it always makes me want to stop and do the same. A 15 minute reading break in the middle of the afternoon never hurt anyone.

I’ve gotten through a few great books recently since my last Book Love post so I figured I’d give you an update. Thank goodness for Goodreads for helping me keep track.

May Book Review |

True Colors by Kristin Hannah – Loved it. The story was complex, and written well. It will suck you in and you will become attached to the characters.

The Good House by Ann Leary – Loved it. The story unfolds around a mother and grandmother, Hildy, living in a small New England town. She’s lived their her entire life, so there’s lots of history. She’s an alcoholic, and living in total denial of it too. Lots of secrets, scandal and relationships to work through.

Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank – Loved it. I’m always drawn to stories that take place any where on the Eastern Carolina Coast – I guess they call the area, the Low Country. I have never been to this area, but I’ve read enough books to feel like I have. I may be destined to live here one day I’ve decided. This story revolves around a woman who loses her husband, a firefighter, and takes the summer to regroup, along with her son, at her parent’s home on Sullivan’s Island. Summer on Sullivan’s Island sounds like the place to be.

Currently reading:

Summer Reading: Friendkeeping |  #books #reading

Friendkeeping by Julie Klam – You’ve probably noticed that I’m a big fan of library books. I’ve purchased way too many books over the years, so the library is my fun, economical way of keeping up with my reading habit. I don’t always find what I’m looking for when I go searching, but I always leave with something. This book, Friendkeeping, was recommended to me by my friend Julie, and honestly is my first real e-book I purchased and am reading. It took me a few tries to figure out how to buy/download/open/navigate/bookmark but I think I’ve got it. It’s a great read so far, and I’m surprisingly getting through it fast. It’s an eye opener, and really puts perspective on the different friendships and relationships you have throughout your life.

Up next:

Summer Reading: The Kitchen House and Elin Hilderbrand |  #books #reading

The Kitchen House by Katheen Grissom – I’ve been checking the library shelves for this one for the last few months after my friends Kristen and Flavia mentioned it to me. I was so happy to finally find a copy. I could have bought it or put it on hold, yes, but then I would have never found or read True Colors or Porch Lights. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand – A random find by an author I tend to seek out when I don’t have a specific book in mind. I’ve read a few of her books and usually enjoy them.


What are you reading this summer? And when is your favorite time to get in some good reading?

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26 comments on “Summer Reading: Friendkeeping, The Kitchen House, Elin Hilderbrand”

  1. SO excited to find these books! I’ve been reading more lately and am just so lost on what I should get sometimes!

  2. So glad you shared these recommendations Aggie! I’ve been looking for new books to read this summer – I’m going to request The Kitchen House from my library now ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. So glad you like Friendkeeping! I’m reading it on my iPhone! And I’m adding your other Recs to my goodreads!

  4. Thanks for the recommendations! I just read an excellent book: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. I still can’t get it off my mind and I finished it last week :).

    • I really love those books where you can’t stop thinking about it afterwards. I felt that way about a book called Heft I read earlier this year. I will check yours out, thanks for letting me know about it!

  5. Thanks for this list, I always love to see what others are reading. Recently, I read The Lost Husband by Katherine Center and The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio. I loved both of those. I would recommend any of Sarah Jio’s books.

    • I’m the same way, I like to go back to these old book posts and see what others have suggested for new ideas. Thanks for your recs – I love discovering new authors!

  6. Friendkeeping looks interesting. I just finished The Rosie Project, which was an amusing summer read. Also, Gone Girl, which definitely had lots of twists and turns.

    • Friendkeeping was surprisingly an easy read for me, kinda opened my eyes to things. I will check out The Rosie Project! I love Gone Girl – I saw a book somewhere that was Gone Girl-like and now I can’t remember what it was, I am hoping I put it on my Goodreads list, or it pops up again somewhere ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for commenting!

  7. I LOVE all of Sara Jio’s books. I started out with The Violets of March and didn’t want it to end. Her stories stay on your mind days, even weeks after you finish the book. I’m reading The Last Camellia right now, which is also by her. I have about 4 books on my nightstand that I want to get through. lol Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch is one of them. By Fall I’ll be back into reading scary stories and horror. lol Enjoy your summer!!

    • Oh now I really want to read her!! I am the same way with stacks by my nightstand lol. You’ll have to let me know which scary and horror books you pick up in the fall ๐Ÿ™‚ I am not familiar but like to keep things interesting!! Have a great summer Kori – I hope you and your babies are doing well!!!

  8. Sorry, Sarah* Jio

  9. Thanks Aggie! Everyone is doing great and the twins will be 1 next Saturday! The days go by so quickly. I’m sad that they’re getting older, but happy they are becoming more independent at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll let you know what great reads I find next month to get ready for Fall. It’s my favorite time of year and it’s fun to read scary stories around Halloween ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you and your family are doing well also!!

  10. I highly recommend “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. It is not one I would have picked myself if I saw it in the store, but chose it based on reviews I read, and it lived up to every one of them. One of the best I’ve read in awhile! I’ve written down a list for myself based on comments here and your own recommendations and I greatly appreciate this post for that…thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Linda! I read that book last year and absolutely loved it! I was wanting more when I was done…very intrigued by it. It came highly recommended to me too, not sure I would have picked it up either, it’s one of my favorites! Enjoy your summer reading ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I agree…I want to read more as well! I’ve thought of picking up Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” as a follow-up…and wondered if by chance you’ve read it and if you did, what you thought.

  11. I love your blog! I look forward to your book recommendations – I’m always looking for a good read. I just finished Defending Jacob and it was fantastic! I kept pushing it aside on my “to-read” list for silly reasons and wish I hadn’t waited this long to read it. It’s a page turner to the very last page.

    • Thank you so much Paola! I love finding others that love to read too ๐Ÿ™‚ Defending Jacob has been on my list, now you’ve convinced me I need to really seek it out! Putting it on my library hold list right now. Thanks so much for commenting and have wonderful weekend!

  12. You have put me in the mood for a good book! I don’t read as often as I’d like since I almost always turn to the laptop when I get a spare minute. I need to do something about that today. Thanks for the inspiration Aggie and the great list of books to choose from ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Thanks for the book ideas. Love watching Sammy read and get so excited about books.

  14. Just wanted to thank you again for the recommendations. Since reading them the other day, I got Porch Lights from the library, and just finished it. I loved it.

  15. Loved your post, Aggie ๐Ÿ™‚ Great too see you the other day – You look fabulous! Picked up a new book today called Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer . I’ll let you know. Take Care <3

  16. Wow…you are due soon. I haven’t seen you in years…literally…years….I have strayed away from checking your blog and have missed it. Hopped back on and immediately got some new recipes, thanks! Another book I think you’d like…Sandra Lee wrote her first novel called the Recipe Box. Read it on the plane last week. Good easy read…

  17. I read like crazy! Here are a few great titles!Perfection by Julie Metz, My Berlin Child by Anne Wiazemsky, Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, He’s Gone by Deb Caletti, The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, The Soldier’s Return by Melvyn Bragg, Recipes for Easy Living by Curtiss Ann Matlock, The Sisters by Nancy Jensen, The Flamboya Tree by Clara Olink Kelly, Purge by Sofi OksanenDancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock, The Siege by Helen Dunmore. I also love the Irish Doctor series by Patrick Taylor. Those are a few I have read this year…. I also have a page for women that I have put on your page!