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I want to thank everyone for buying and reading my book.

I really want to say, “No, it’s a shitty e-book about HR. It’s a small thing. Unimportant. I am just testing out the market to see if I have anything to say. One of these days, I’ll write something more meaningful.”

Please don’t let me say that to you.

Stop me if I go down that path, okay?

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Good writers are avid readers. I am hauling around a huge stack of magazines, right now. One of these days, I’ll subscribe to everything via my shitty second-generation iPad. I am a big Kindle reader, though. Here are a few things on my device, right now, that I would recommend.

1. The Goldfinch. It’s pretty good. Hang in there through the early pages and you will be rewarded with Boris. (I’ve said too much!)

2. All You Do Is Perceive. You will enjoy this book of poetry. I am not lying.

3. Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. Fun beach books!

4. The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt. Did you know that Akron had a winter hurricane? This book is about work, money, power, politics, masculinity and Ohio. (It’s good. Did I just write that?)

5. The Giver, Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant. These books made me cynical and dumb, but I enjoyed them much more than 50 Shades of Grey.

6. This is Where I Leave You and One Last Thing Before I Go. These are for the dudes in my life who are going through existential crises and drama. You know who you are. (It’s all of you over 30! Surprise!)

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What are you reading? What’s good? What are your summer books?

4 Responses to Summer Book Recommendations
  1. Ashley Bennett

    Love seeing some of the books we chatted about on this list! Can’t wait to read the rest

  2. Bianca Moon

    Thank you for these. To fans of Native American fiction and paranormal, I would suggest S. R. Howen’s Medicine Man series.It’s rare that I find a sequel to be anywhere near as good as the first in a series but this is a huge exception. Absolutely stunning books.
    www.srhowen.com/

  3. Jeff Dickey-Chasins

    Just finished “Beautiful Ruins’ by Jess Walter. Amazing book. Impossible to describe, other than to say you learn a lot about life in an Italian village, Richard Burton, and the making of ‘Cleopatra’. Very funny and touching.

    • ruettimann

      I just saw this! Sorry. Thank you.