Best Books of Summer 2014

While many of you, this first week of September, are sharpening your pencils and packing your backpack, I am trying to reshelf my summer reading books.  Unconsciously, I started to put them in order of appreciation.  This got me thinking, what were some of your favorite reads this summer?  Here is my top three,

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

Check out my complete list Maxine's Summer Reading List 2014



Ladies and gentlemen, I hold in my hand the last book on my summer reading list.

Maxine's Summer (2014) List


The Beauty of it All

Today I was shelving the books that accompanied me in airports, around the pool, seaside and even waiting in line on my European vacation.  As I was perusing my notes I realized that not one book was a source of disappointment.  Was it because my choices were spot on?  Or was it because with this scenery and a cold drink, everything is BETTER? Whatever the reason, this summer has been filled with interesting characters, great mysteries and wonderful companions.  Who could ask for more?




Unique Bookstore in Santorini

After a day at the sea, and a late afternoon siesta, it is time to hit the streets of Santorini. Tonight we find ourselves in Oia, the town where all the famous Greece pictures are taken. While taking in the breathtaking scenery I stumbled across this amazing bookstore, Atlantis Books,




Summer Break

Stella and I will be taking a much needed summer break.  We will continue to post on this blog and review a book or two.  In September, we will be back 'Boutiquing' books, right down to the book club gathering.

Have a restful and joyful summer.


Maxine's Summer Reading List 2014

So many great books and so little space and weight.  That is my dilemma this summer.  My goal is to read all the hardcovers once I am home.  Paperbacks will accompany me to the beach.

Maxine's Summer Reading List 2014


Summer Reading List 2014

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen.  The man who never reads lives only one."

` George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

My summer list is almost complete and I cannot wait to dive into their lives and live them.


Time to Re-Shelf 'The Awakening'

We read and reviewed; we discussed; we celebrated.  Now it is time for us to put it back on the shelf for the next generation to read.

The Awakening Review

The Awakening Q & A

The Awakening Novel Gathering party

What will our last selection be before our summer break?  Stay tuned.


The Awakening Questions and Answers

A classic written in 1899 by Kate Chopin discusses a theme still relevant today, feeling caught between how others see you and the way we see ourselves.  

Please visit our Questions & Answers section for The Awakeing.



The Enchanted

A rare four stars allotted to my next book review.  The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld is a story about punishment, prison and death row.  Let Denfeld weave her web of stories and just try to break free.