[Note: This was my third day in a row of writing for an hour in the morning before going online! I’ve decided to use the graphic to the right to continue to post my progress toward 30 consecutive days of building this and later new writing habits.]

I love Sundays! I was going to write, “especially in the summer,” but that’s not true. I love Sundays in the fall and winter and spring, too. With Sunday morning comes the expansive feeling of having hours ahead of me to think, to tinker, to shop for groceries with my husband, to spend time with my family, and to cook. What I look forward to most, however, is Sunday reading. Sunday is a day when I dip into the stacks of potential novels from the library that I’ve collected throughout the week, eager to see what surprises and new friends await me there.

What are you reading this summer? Here are a few fiction titles I’ve read, am reading, and plan to read, along with pithy seven-word reviews:

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski

Ecco, 2009 (reprint edition)

Author’s Website


Haunting, graceful tale of love and loyalty. (more here)

Tell Us We’re Home, by Marina Budhos

Atheneum, 2010

Author’s Website

More About the Book

Review: Three outsiders seek belonging, understanding and friendship. (more here; also see the recent New York Times Magazine essay on why adults are turning to children’s and young adult fiction)

Shadow Tag, by Louise Erdrich

Harper Collins, 2010

Author’s Website

Sample Chapter

Review: A family’s intense, heart-breaking journey toward resolution.

The Hungry Season, by T. Greenwood

Kensington Books, 2010

Author’s Website


I am in the process of reading this and will probably finish today, but here is my review thus far: Lucid prose tells a sensual, well-paced story.

Next on my book shelf: Re-read The Hours, by Michael Cunningham, paying particular attention to how he handles the three POVs and time lines.