The Big Kids’ Table: Summer is the Word

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Hiya! I can’t believe I’m doing another one of these so soon, and also halfway through the year with my adult suggestions. It’s funny. During BEA week, many people would ask what kind of blog we run and I realize that for me, adult fiction is my “palette cleanser” whether it’s picking up something more serious or something a bit fluffier. It really does work!

Before we dive into some new big kids books, Elena from Novel Sounds stops by this month with her own recommendation:

novel sounds

Why she picked it up?: THE COVER.
What’s it about: Set in the 80s, it’s June’s coming of age story dealing with grief over her uncle’s death from AIDS. She befriends Toby, a man who seems to know a lot about her uncle and embarks on an unexpected friendship with him.
Three words to describe: A warm embrace
Last few awesome reads: Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

thanks to elena for putting together the graphic for me!


I like to keep things fresh around here so I tried something new yet again when I went to the bookstore this week. I browsed the New Fiction tables for books with SUMMER in the title. The weather has been so August-like in NYC, the AC is up and running like crazy at work, and our Sweet Summertime Reads series has kicked off again so I’m in the summer mode + that means SUMMER BOOKS.

Let me know what you think of these beauties:

Big Kids Table Fiction Books with Summer in the Title

Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer (Release Date: June 5, 2012) > a summer in New England
All the Summer Girls by Meg Donahue (Release Date: May 21, 2013) > New Jersey beach town!
The Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Anya Blau (Release Date: May 28, 2013) > 1980s Los Angeles
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams (Release Date: May 30, 2013) > 1930s Rhode Island


As always, I would love to hear what is accompanying you to the park these days, what books you are stuffing in your beach bag, and maybe ones that you’ve eyed at the bookstore!

Thanks for stopping by today + happy BIG KID reading!

8 thoughts on “The Big Kids’ Table: Summer is the Word

  1. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    Eeeeee! Look at these summer beauties!! All 4 of these would definitely catch my eye at a bookstore. Great finds!

  2. Lucy says:

    Love it! I can relate to picking up adult fic as a palette cleanser too 🙂 I have the audio of A Hundred Summers and have heard good things about it. Can’t wait to read all the books Elena recommends too. I bought the hc of Tell the Wolves I’m Home for that awesome cover.
    And The Wonder Bread Summer? 1980s LA? Sold!

  3. Cassie says:

    Ahhh. I LOVE THAT BOOK. It was so beautiful and a messed up yet wonderfully fantastic story. HIGHLYYYY recommend it! Good call by Elena on that. As for the summer titles, BRING EM ONNNNN!

  4. Molli says:

    I love this feature a lot! I read Meg’s debut, How To Eat a Cupcake last year, and I really liked it, so I definitely want to read All The Summer Girls. 🙂

  5. Alexa Y. says:

    I already told you this, but I hate you and love you for all the awesome adult titles I encounter thanks to this feature on your blog! I don’t get to a lot of them right away, but I certainly think you offer up great selections each and every time. Love that this one is summer-themed!

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