Each year, my book group Busy as a Bee Books determines the titles we will be reading during the months of June, July, and August. With our list for 2011 finalized, I am very excited to share this amazing and eclectic mix we will be enjoying in the summer sun. From steampunk to nonfiction to historical fiction to mystery to young adult fiction, this list has it all. Read along with us and post your comments below!
 
 
Who doesn't love a long weekend to hang out with family and friends, grill outside, and relax with a good book? This chica sure does! I just finished a fantastic debut novel by Sara J. Henry called Learning to Swim (review to come!) and a pretty good novel about love and cooking by Jael McHenry called The Kitchen Daughter.

This weekend, I am planning to start this book for my group's summer reading list:
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So far, my fellow Busy Bees (the group is Busy as a Bee Books) haven't said too many great things about it, but I hear it is a quick read and it meets the criteria for one of the tasks I need to complete for my year-long reading challenge.

What will you be reading this weekend?
 
 
After being in a reading slump for most of the year, I have finally made it through a few books in one week - once a commonality in my life and now a rarity.

This "Week of Reading" started with the fabulous You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon, continued with a chic-lit title that was just okay in 29: A Novel by Adena Halpern, and concluded today with the gripping but tragically sad memoir Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso.

I have a couple more memoirs checked out from the local library (including Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain which I have been wanting to read for quite some time) but I think I need a break after Tiger, Tiger to read something else, so I hope to be diving into the new Diane Chamberlain novel this evening. My book group read The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and I really enjoyed it but haven't read anything by the author since. The Midwife's Confession, published this year, currently has 67 ratings on Goodreads with an average score of 4.68 - not bad, not bad at all!