My Summer Reading


Fall is already here and I haven’t written yet about my summer reading. I had a lovely summer, filled with travel, gardening, reading, and long walks.  Despite the busy-ness of the season, I also thoroughly enjoyed my reading on the porch!

I discovered a new-to-me author this summer — Victoria Connelly — and really enjoyed reading numerous of her books. A book by a favorite author, Patricia McKillip, was disappointing to me. I just couldn’t get into it. Perhaps it was just not the right time? Reading Kent Haruf‘s Our Souls at Night was a highlight of the summer. His last book and such a beautiful and tender story, beautifully written,  was a real gift to his readers. I also loved reading Gary Paulsen‘s trilogy of memories about his grandmother. What a loving tribute to her! Although I didn’t listen to as many audiobooks as I do during wintertime, I really enjoyed listening to both The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), and I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith.

So you can see that even though I’ve been quiet on this blog for a few months, reading was an important and delightful part of my summer. I hope you enjoyed your summer reading as much as I did mine!


12 thoughts on “My Summer Reading

  1. Nan

    I clicked on Victoria C.’s name and found a blog post interview with Miss Read’s daughter! I love your book cover pictures. Ever since the grandchildren have come along, I so rarely write about the books I read. I miss it, and I miss being able to look back at my ‘book reports.’ But I also enjoy reading without ‘having’ to write. So even if I had the time to do so, I’d still be of two minds about it.


  2. Robin Post author

    Hi Pat! Yes, it was a good reading summer. it was a great summer in a lot of different ways for me, but I especially loved my reading.

    Nan, Victoria C. has also started a Facebook group (it’s a closed group so you have to ask to join) called “I Want to Live in Fairacre!” I joined and it’s a lot of fun to read the posts and share in the love of the Fairacre and Thrush Green books.


  3. Robin Post author

    Hi Kelly, I like McKillip so much, but I think it just wasn’t the right time to start that book. I’d like to try again — maybe in the middle of winter on those long gray days.


  4. Robin Post author

    Kristen, I did love I Capture the Castle! I actually listened to the audiobook, which was so enjoyable!

    Thanks, Debi. It’s a favorite spot!


  5. Les in NE

    As always, I love to see pictures your porch. It looks so comfortable and I’m sure I’d spend a great deal of time reading in that comfy-looking chair.

    I loved Our Souls at Night. Kent Haruf was one of my favorite authors and I’m so sad he is no longer with us. Someday, I’ll re-read Plainsong, Eventide and Our Souls at Night. These are my favorites of his.

    I hope you’re having a lovely fall. You sure got a lot of rain, didn’t you?!


  6. Robin Post author

    Thanks, Les. I feel the same way about Kent Haruf. And I’d also like to reread all three books. They were spread out for me over many years so it would be nice to read them all in a row.

    We’ve had a beautiful fall this year. Yes, it’s been very wet recently. We got hit by a very heavy wind storm (it took down our neighbor’s 100-year-old oak which unfortunately fell on the back of their house) and a rainstorm that lasted days. Still mild temperatures, though.

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about your move to Oregon!


  7. Les in NE

    I’ve been watching the weather in Depoe Bay and they’ve had a lot of rain this month (after several very dry months!), with more in the forecast. I was worried about that wind storm and how it might cause problems with all the trees in my mom’s neighborhood. No falling trees, but lots of rain. So sorry about your neighbor’s house! My mom and stepdad had a tree fall on their house many years ago. Scary!!

    We’re getting more and more excited about our move to Oregon next summer. Fingers crossed our house sells quickly so we can be out there by early summer. Whooohooo! 🙂



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