15 Hot Summer Reads

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wicked bugsWicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napolean's Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart -- I loved Wicked Plants when it came out and it's one of my favorite books to gift. Stewart is back with Wicked Bugs and it's the perfect book to read as you putter around in your yard. Anyone who has claimed that bugs are evil and out to get them will find much to love in this book.

season to tasteSeason to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way by Molly Birnbaum -- Imagine you are 22, fresh out of college and about to start at the Culinary Institute of America when a freak accident steals your sense of smell. That is Molly Birmbaum's story. A mix of memoir and science it's a reminder of how much we depend on things that we take for granted.

nothing dauntedNothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden -- In the summer of 1916 Smith College graduates Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood did something that no proper young ladies in their home town had ever done before -- they got jobs. They left their Auburn, New York homes and headed off to Colorado to teach in a remote schoolhouse. New Yorker executive editor Dorothy Wickenden, and granddaughter of Dorothy Woodruff, reconstructs the story of these two intrepid women.

reading promiseThe Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma -- When she was in fourth grade Alice Ozma's father made a pledge to read to her each night for 100 nights. At the end of the 100 nights they celebrated with pancakes for dinner and admitted that neither of them wanted to stop. They ended up reading to each other for 3,218 nights, ending the night before Alice's first day of college. Read it and start a reading streak of your own.

There you go. Fifteen books that you can throw in you bag and take to the beach, pool or cottage this summer. Still looking for more? Check out what we're reading in BlogHer Book Club.

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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