Book Recommendation:: The Summer Kitchen

Do you get a lot of reading done in the summer?  I find I read so much more in the summer months and have a growing list of books I want to devour while watching my kiddos play marco-polo at the pool or throw the frisbee at the beach.   However this summer I had yet to read a book that I really enjoyed - most I've been feeling like I just need to finish and be done with - until this one:

The Summer Kitchen by Lisa Wingate

The Summer Kitchen is about a woman floundering in her life a bit when she crosses paths with some poor, neglected children.  Warning:  if your child complains that there's nothing to eat in your house while you're reading this book, you may or may not bite her head off.

This storyline reminded me a bit of Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle, although not nearly as gritty.  If you've never read this one, it's a must.

Last summer I made some summer reading recommendations which included a few light beach reads.

A few more books I recommend:

Cleave, Chris - Little Bee
de los Santos, Marisa - Belong To Me
de los Santos, Marisa - Love Walked In
de Rosnay, Tatiana - Sarah's Key
Dubus III, Andre - House of Sand and Fog
Gist, Deanne - The Measure of a Lady
Gregory, Philippa - The Constant Princess
Gruen, Sara - Water For Elephants
Hannah, Kristin - Winter Garden
Hosseini, Khaled - The Kite Runner
Hosseini, Khaled - A Thousand Splendid Suns
Moore, Ann - (#1) Gracelin O'Malley
Moore, Ann - (#2) Leaving Ireland
Moore, Ann - (#3) 'Til Morning Light
Naslund, Sena Jeter - Abundance
Stockett, Kathryn - The Help

These books were recommended to me
I am hoping to read some of them this summer.

Brooks, Geraldine - Year of Wonders
Chance, Megan - An Inconvenient Wife
Donnelly, Jennifer - The Tea Rose
Donnelly, Jennifer - The Winter Rose
Genova, Lisa - Still Alice
Grissom, Kathleen - The Kitchen House
Gulland, Sandra - The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.
Haddon, Mark - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Hannah, Kristin - Home Front
Henderson, Susan - Up From The Blue
Lamb, Wally - The Hour I First Believed
Lahiri, Jhumpa - Unaccustomed To Earth
Landay, William - Defending Jacob
Lindley, Maureen - The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel
Picoult, Jodi - House Rules
See, Lisa - Dreams of Joy
See, Lisa - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Setterfield, Diane - The Thirteenth Tale 
Sparks, Nicholas - Safe Haven
Zafon, Carlos Ruiz - Shadow of the Wind
Zusak, Marcus - The Book Thief

Okay give it up - any more recommendations for me?  What have you read recently that you couldn't put down??


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i will have to check it out! i just read still alice and it was AMAZING.

pam {simple details} said...

Hmmm...does House Beautiful and Traditional Home count?! Lame, I know! :)

Calypso In The Country said...

Great list Lisa. I will definitely check some of them out. I of course love The Help but The Kite Runner was such an amazing book too. Right now I am reading lots of dog training books! Not very exciting, I know but I also have Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on my nightstand. That was recommended to me by another blogger. I hope you get some reading done this summer!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Ooh- thank you, Lisa! I was just saying that I needed a book recommendation. I have been reading stuff over again-- that's how sad it is over here.

Okay. Here's what I recommend. Anything by Maria v. Snyder. She has this compelling way of writing and you can't put her books down. Start with Poison Study. Or Inside Out. Or Touch of Power. Very good and compelling storylines. Promise. Or your money back.

Melissa at HOUSEography said...

Kitchen House, Dreams of Joy (and its predecessor Shanghai Girls), Snowflower and the Secret Fan, Shadow of the Wind were all great books. Have you read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet? Also a great book. Thanks for the other recommendations!!

Urban Orchard Interiors said...

These came just in time for my book club--Thanks Lisa!