tea talk

We are now well into the month of June…and if you’re like me, it took those first few weeks to get settled into our summer routine.  You know the one…dashing to morning swim practice, followed by tennis lessons, art camp, and golf clinics.  And THAT was just the first week of summer!

Now that I have that schedule worked out, it’s time to think a bit about relaxing and enjoying a new book for summer…

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So I asked my friends…

“What is a good book for summer reading?”

  • Name:  Christy
  • Age:  46
  • City:  Toledo,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  mom, wife, and corporate executive
  • Number of Children:  two

My book choices are And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer (historical fiction) and How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims.


  • Name:  Wendy
  • Age:  47
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  financial advisor
  • Number of Children:  two

I highly recommend a novel called Early Decision:  Based on a True Frenzy by Lacy Crawford.  This is a terrific book for parents of junior high and high school students as it follows several high school students through the college admissions process as they work on their essays and applications with a private counselor.  This fictional novel is based on the author’s 15 years of experience as a college counselor and is much more entertaining than it sounds!


  • Name:  Meredith
  • Age:  40
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  former licensed nursing home administrator…now a household engineer
  • Number of Children:  four

For a self-help, inspiring book, I would say Carry On Warrior…The Power of Embracing your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton.  Also love her Love Warrior book.

For a funny, easy read, I would say What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.


  • Name:  Tammy
  • Age:  49
  • City:  Pauline, South Carolina
  • Occupation:  homemaker
  • Number of Children:  2 daughters, 1 heavenly daughter

My favorites are On Folly Beach by Karen White and Saving Cicadas by Nicole A. Seitz.


  • Name:  Julie
  • Age:  48
  • City: Sylvania,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  stay at home mom
  • Number of Children:  three

I always recommend this as a great book, even though I read it six years ago…Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.


  • Name:  Jill
  • Age: 47
  • City:  Cincinnati,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  teacher
  • Number of Children:  two

I recommend anything by Elin Hildebrandt!


  • Name:  Lauri
  • Age:  46
  • City:  Ottawa Hills,  Ohio
  • Occupation:  mother, coach, and retired attorney
  • Number of Children:  two
My summer reading books are a little more boring than your typical summer breezy books, so I can’t wait to see other peoples ideas. Here are the books I have started while getting into summer…
Mindset, The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck – an amazing book that my sister handed to me and said “read it.’  I’m 61 pages in and she’s right.
Raising a Healthy Happy Eater – a Stage by Stage Guide to Setting Your Child in the Path to Adventurous Eating by Fernando and Potock
Running on Ritalin by Lawrence Diller, The Purpose of Boys by Michael Gurian and Real Boys by William Pollack
Bleak House by Charles Dickens – my husband’s favorite book
The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace is about the world’s most expensive bottle of wine, which is probably the closest to a breezy summer read that I’ll get.

Wow!  So many great ideas for summer reading…I’m not sure I’ll have time to read all the ones that interest me.  We’ll just have to extend summer a few more months!

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