Summer Reading Recommendations









Article by Wendy McCance

One more week and my three kids will be out of school.  I love this time of year.  Lazy days where the world seems to slow down and takes its time.  Trips to the beach, the zoo and endless BBQ’s.  No more lunches to pack, homework to worry about or after school activities to rush off to.  A chance to sleep in and then stay up late staring at the stars.  This is the time of year that I can get some reading in while sitting on the porch, an iced tea by my side.

I have already gathered several books to enjoy over the summer.  Some of the books have been partially read, and then abandoned because of a busy schedule.  I am determined to finish each and every one of these books over the long summer holiday.

Below is a list of summer reading books I have enjoyed and highly recommend.  I hope there is a book or two on this list that you’ll be thrilled to read over the summer too!

Inspirational Books:

1.  29 Gifts:  How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life, by Cami Walker

2.  How Starbucks Saved My Life:  A Son of privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else, by Michael Gill

3.  Why We Write:  20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do, by Meredith Maran

Fun Reads:

1.  Lost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen

2.  Paris in Love:  A Memoir, by Eloisa James

3.  The Best Book of Useless Information Ever, by Noel Botham


1.  Shark Tales:  How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business, by Barbara Corcoran.

2.  Secrets of a Freelance Writer, by Robert W. Bly

3.  Outliers:  The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell


1.  Williams-Sonoma Family Meals:  Creating Traditions in the Kitchen, by Maria Helm Sinskey

2.  Cooking from the Farmers Market, by Jodi Liano

3.  Vegetable Love, by Barbara Kafka

 For the Kids:

1.  The Penderwicks:  A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, by Jeanne Birdsall

2.  The Giver, by Lois Lowry

3.  A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle


*Please note:  Descriptions for all of the summer reading books can be found at Wendy’s Bookstore.

Happy Reading!



Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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6 thoughts on “Summer Reading Recommendations

  1. I’m lovin’ this time of year, too, Wendy. Looks like some great reads to kick back with and enjoy. Have fun this summer. 🙂

    • Beverly, I have all of them!! I started out reading Garden Spells (still my favorite) and got hooked. She’s a great writer and I love that little bit of magic that gets woven into every story.

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