2013 CGM Summer Book List for the Non-Literary

Based on a number of requests and emails, I have updated my 2012 list below with some new or new-to-you titles to throw in your beach bag this year.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave a comment below on your picks for the summer! As I've mentioned in my podcast, I am always happy to not only gab (on-and-on) about books, but my pen is always ready to write down what others are reading. I'll be the first to admit I don't read every genre, so any I've left off are strictly because I haven't read enough to recommend them at this time...please tell us yours!

Chick-Lit/Straight-Up Fun Stories Usually with a Romantic Angle

The Husband List by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
I am a big J.E. fan, and this one is pure fluff and fun - set in the 1890s!

Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews
I think I've read everything by MK Andrews - 
she is pure Southern charm and fun.

Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie
I haven't read Crusie in a long time (she hasn't written a new book 
in awhile) but I really enjoy her, and plan to go back through 
some of her early novels this summer.

The Lost Husband by Katherine Center

Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger
by Beth Harbison

Thinking of You by Jill Mansell
(Jill is a classically funny British author - one of the original "chick-litters")

Fiction/Not War-and-Peace or Canterbury Tales but a Book You Can Say "Damn, That Was Good!" by the End

 Fever by Mary Beth Keane
Great historical fiction about the infamous "Typhoid Mary"

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
She's one of my new favorite ficiton writers!

The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio

Wool by Hugh Howey

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
(great "Buffy-like" series, but then I like women who kick ass and kiss paranormals)

Comedic Fiction and Non Fiction/Books To Make You LOL

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
(seriously, if you like to laugh while you read 
you cannot go wrong with Carl Hiaasen)

The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
(the writer of the Stephanie Plum series and the writer for the 
TV show, Monk, team up..hijinx ensue, great start to a new series!)

The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster

The Potty Mouth at the Table by Laurie Notaro
(Empty your bladder before reading anything by Laurie Notaro)

Checkout Girl by Anna Sam

Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky

Mysteries/Thrillers/Women Who Kick Ass and Take Names

The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag

Bomb Shell by Catherine Coulter

Unseen by Karin Slaughter

The Shadow Tracer by Meg Gardiner

Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
(great 1st book in an investigative series set in an Amish community)

Quilt Fiction/Knit Lit

 Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick
 (GREAT stand alone book with a well-loved character 
in the Cobbled Court series.)

 The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

 The Lover's Knot by Claire O'Donohue
(1st in a very good quilt mystery series!) 

 While My Pretty One Knits by Anne Canadeo
(1st in a very good knitting mystery series)

 Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
(1st in a sewing mystery series) 

 Spinning Forward by Terri Dulong

Unravelled by Robyn Harding 
(very nice, heartwarming knit lit)

 The Healing Quilt by Lauraine Snelling

 Erotica/Smut We're Now Old Enough to Read

Naked by Raine Miller
(this is a short story/entry into The Blackstone Affair series)

Rush by Maya Banks

Release Me by J. Kenner

If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

Losing It by Cora Carmack

Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell


  1. Thanks for all your book recommendations, Tanesha. I always keep them in mind, and have not been disappointed.

  2. My taste runs more to fantasy/paranormal and historical fiction, but I just finished "Discount Armageddon" by Seanan Maguire and really enjoyed it. It's a very funny story of a cryptozoologist, ballroom dancer and cocktail waitress named Verity Price, who is investigating several disappearances in Manhattan. The book I just started is "The Greatest Knight," by Elizabeth Chadwick.

    I really enjoy your podcast. Thank you for sharing.

  3. So many great ones! Thank you for the heads up, I have the Jodi Picoult one on reserve at the library and I am going to check out some of these others as well. My favorite genre is mystery but do like a fluffy humorous chick lit every once in a while. When do you have the time to read all these books though? You must be a speed reader. Right now Im reading a Grisham novel. The Litigators. It's pretty good, haven't read his stuff for awhile.


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