Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Best Beach Reads

Yesterday I found out that Stuck in Downward Dog debuted on the Winnipeg Free Press bestseller list at #3! I have no idea how many books people needed to buy to get it on the list, but I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all the Winnipeggers and southern Manitobans who bought the book! When I told my stepmom, she said, "Just how many books DID your mother in law buy for relatives?!" Ha. Ha. Ha. Or maybe...true, true, true. In any event, I couldn't be more thrilled, so thank you.

Speaking of books, Chatelaine just published its 50 Best Beach Reads for the summer, which is the perfect little guide to kick-start your summer, and give you a whole range of books to read, in case you were looking for inspiration. As you know, I'm WAY behind on reading. There are so many books I want to read, but never make enough time to. Still, I always love a good list, and I like Chatelaine's list. It's not just a list of best-sellers and new releases. Instead, it's broken down into categories, so that if you read all the books you'd have covered a range of everything from chicklit to thrillers, including a few books I haven't even heard of (which is always great to find), such as Lullabies for Little Criminals, Rebeecca, The Thirteenth Tale; favourites I've read over and over again like The Bell Jar, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, Bridget Jones's Diary; and books I've wanted to read for some time, but haven't, such as She's Come Undone, By the Time You Read This, and Prodigal Summer.

And unlike the 1001 Books List, of which I've failed miserably to read even 10%, I've read 24 of the 50 books -- nearly 50%! I can't believe it.

What's on your summer reading list?


Laural Dawn said...

Did you know there was a picture of your book in Metro today? It was listed as #1 for something - but I wasn't sure what. (I was reading over someone's shoulder on the train, actually).

chantel simmons said...

Exciting! Thanks for letting me know, Laural!