It’s true.  I have a problem.  I’m totally and completely obsessed with reading.

I’ve tried to not be so consumed with the crisp pages and the smell of freshly-printed ink in a New Release.  I’ve tried to stop my aimless wandering of Barnes and  Noble. I’ve tried to explore other hobbies like cooking, knitting, God-forbid the time I tried roller blading, and photography.

But it’s no use.  I need to accept that this is just part of who I am while also accepting the fact that this addiction of mine is costing me sleep.  Though I have children to blame for that, I will reveal my dirty little secret…

I’m not tired because of my children.  They are actually pretty good little sleepers.  They go to bed by 8:30 each night and unless they are sick, I don’t hear from them again until 8 a.m. the next morning.  Whew.  I worked hard for that.

I’m tired because at midnight, you can usually find me burning the midnight oil as I’m snuggled in bed reading my latest find.

Books consume me.  I become a part of the plot, find myself relating to the characters.  If it’s a REALLY good one, my mind will wander to the characters throughout my day.  Yes, I’m scared for myself, too.

I am certain my friends and family are a little sick of hearing me say “You know, I once read this book…”  That phrase has been met with more than one eyeroll.

I admit it – I’m a total nerd.  And I’m good with that.

Since I’m kinda known to be this big book nerd, I often have people ask me for book recommendations.  I’ve had a decent amount of requests to share some good summer reads and rather than emailing the 20 people or so who have asked me of this as of late, I’m posting it here.  Today.  The day you have been waiting for – the Possibly Annual Summer Reading List of Mommy on Fire.

By the way, if you are a book lover and you are not on Good Reads, stop RIGHT NOW and do it.  I update my page fairly often and you will get a TON of reading ideas from what your pals are diving into as well.  I would love to be your Good Reads friend – send me an email ( and I’ll add you.  THEN we can share ALL of the time!!!!! (Snort laugh while pushing up my taped glasses).

Without further ado, here’s a list I would tell you to devour…(Bolded are among my top ten favorites of all-time)

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

Beach Music by Pat Conroy

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merriman

The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlin

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos

One True Thing by Anna Quindlen

Blessings by Anna Quindlen

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Boys Should Be Boys:  7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons by Meg Meeker

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughter by Meg Meeker (by the way, moms should read this, too)

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Used World by Haven Kimmel

A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Same Kind of Different as Me by Denver Moore and Ron Hall

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

The Pact by Jodi Picoult

The Girls of Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow

The Last Lecture by Jeffrey Zaslow

One Million Arrows by Julie Ferwerda

Books I have not read but have dreams of reading this summer:

The Shack by William P Young

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott

A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White

Heart of the Matter by Emily Griffin

Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson

Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson

Growing Grateful Kids by Susie Larson

I’m currently reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  It’s my book club pick.  I’m already loving it, so I would tell you to get this one, too.  GREAT summer read!

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to share any good books you have read lately and I will add them to this list.  I am FOREVER looking for a good read. (snort laugh while pushing up my taped glasses…)

Happy Caffeinated Randomness Day!  Head on over to Andrea’s awesome blog to read more CR!

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