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.

8 Responses
  • Jacquelyn Tarter
    August 5, 2014

    Hey, Jess Walter is a Spokane author. I just finished his collection of short stories: We Live in Water. Cool…Kate and I read the same author.

  • Jamie Posey
    August 5, 2014

    If she’s honestly reading Stoner, I just became a fan of the woman. Stoner is in my top five books of all time, may even be my favorite of all time.
    Currently reading Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis. Also, Tales of Belkin by Pushkin and ever so slowly making my way through Vollman’s Rising Up and Rising Down – only on the first volume right now.

  • Devyn Forest
    August 6, 2014

    Love Jess Walter! Great books Kate!

  • ClaudiaPrincess
    August 14, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your good readings. I agree, 100 years of solitude is a night stand book, to be open and read randomly and always a pleasure.

  • Cassie
    August 14, 2014

    I love The Giving Tree even as an adult. I lost my childhood copy but I give it to all the new mommy’s I know. Such a beautiful story.

  • DonnaNuce
    August 14, 2014

    Just picked up “Soldier Girl” by Helen Thorpe.  Looking forward to reading how some of my female compatriots fared in Afghanistan.  Another good one about women in the military is “Living on Tatooine.”

  • HollyS
    August 14, 2014

    Another great book is, The Sandcastle Girls. Told in current time from a granddaughter’s point of view searching for her Armenian family’s history during WWI. Very poignant.

  • beachgrlkaren3
    August 15, 2014

    Jamie, didn’t you read it correctly ? She’s now producing the book into a film as well. I can’t wait to see it after reading that fabulous book.