A Note From Kate: Summer Reading


It’s no secret that I love to read, but if you need an excuse, Book Lover’s Day (which just happens to be Saturday, August 9) is the perfect opportunity to pick up a new book or revisit an old favorite. 

Here’s what’s on my bookshelf:

Books for kids

My oldest son, Ryder, is engrossed in The Hunger Games series right now.  He’s currently reading the last book in the series, Mockingjay.

My younger son, Bing, is obsessed with the David books by David Shannon. No, David! is a favorite… especially the nose-picking passage.

One of my favorite children’s authors is Shel Silverstein, and both Ryder and I are huge fans of The Giving Tree, which is truly timeless.

My current reads

Stoner by John Williams is a story that was recommended to me by chance in a bookstore. Published decades ago, the book was lost, then found in 2004 and re-introduced. I loved it so much that I’m now producing the film – it’s hands-down a must-read.

I have yet to read Beautiful Ruins but have heard so many wonderful things about it that it’s the next book on my reading list.

On the heels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s death, 100 Years of Solitude feels like the perfect book to re-read. It’s perhaps the best book I’ve ever read, and he is one of my favorite writers.

For a quick read you won’t be able to put down, try The Light Between Oceans before the movie comes out.

Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty is an insightful look into the concept of beauty and what it all means.