Whew! Where did summer go? After the past – what seems like ten bajillion years of dealing with the “mean, stupid Covid” as my favorite comedienne Leanne Morgan says – Summer 2022 was way more fun and festive. I didn’t visit any new bookstores or unique libraries. Still, I did have the opportunity to visit Dafauskie Island and get a private tour with author Sally Ann Robinson (check spelling). Sally was a student of beloved South Carolina author Pat Conroy and Dafauskie is the island where he taught for one year in the 1970s.
Besides Sally Ann’s INCREDIBLE cookbooks, below is a list of my summer reading highlights. I know everyone doesn’t consider “listening” to a book the same as reading, but I do.
1-Taste by Stanley Tucci – he’s now my favorite voice EVER. I immediately purchased his two cookbooks after listening to Taste – fantastic photography and great stories about his family.
2 – The Boys by Ron and Clint Howard – growing up “normal” in Hollywood – adored the stories of their time on the sets of The Andy Griffith Show, Gentle Ben, and Happy Days.
3 – 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Briana Wiest – this is my favorite type of audiobook and it did not disappoint
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (I wanted to read it before the Netflix movie is released in October 2022)
The Club – a very unique plot and characters you’ll love and “love to hate” – I’m sure this will be adapted into a film
Verity by Colleen Hoover – equal parts disturbing and fascinating psychological thriller – stellar book club material – be sure to warn “pearl clutchers” and prudes (I am one)
The Tobacco Wives – I’m from Tobacco country – interesting perspective about tobacco and its influence on society – great historic fiction
These Precious Days by Ann Patchett- I savored these essays by allowing myself to read only one or two per day – now I want to visit Parnassus Books in Nashville to get Ms. Patchett to sign my book.
Please let me know your favorite summer reads – I’d love to hear from you!