find your joy summer reading club & giveaway: part deux.
by victoria comment



in case you missed it last month, i started a little summer reading club. i have not been reading nearly enough lately, even though it’s my perfect summer escape. so when go mighty and rivet & sway eyeglasses offered to sponsor a find your joy post based on my goal of reading more i thought i’d give back to you readers a little and sponsor summer reading group. the first book i gave away and we read was gillian flynn’s novel Gone Girl.

we’re going to have an online book group chat to discuss Gone Girl on twitter wednesday evening at 7pm pacific time on july 24th. the hashtag to follow along will be #joytoread. i hope you’ll join us if you read the book! we’re reading three books this summer, and i’ll announce the last book giveaway in august.


the next book i’m going to give away is Mary Coin by marisa silver. Inspired by Migrant Mother, the iconic Depression-era photograph snapped by Dorothea Lange in 1936, the author re-imagines the lives of both the photographer and the subject giving us Mary Coin’s story — her fictional Florence Owens Thompson, the real subject of the photograph Migrant Mother; Vera, her fictional Dorothea Lange; and Walker Dodge, a totally fictional character.

i’m giving away 10 books to 10 sfgirlbybay readers who’d like to join the group and read along together. then, i’ll host another evening of book club, live on twitter in late-august so we can all share our thoughts on the book. anyone will be welcome to read the book and join in on the online book discussion!


to enter to win a chance at one of the 10 Mary Coin books and join our summer reading group, simply:

• share your personal favorite summer reading book here in the comments section by wednesday, july 24th at midnight PST.

• if you prefer a kindle or ibook edition, that’s fine too and please indicate that in your comment.

• as always, please be sure to leave a way to contact you via twitter, facebook, your blog or email.

• so sorry, this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

• we’ll announce the 10 winners of the book, on july 29th on my twitter account, so be sure to follow along. i will email the winners as well.

• if you enter, please be prepared to read the book and join us if you can in an online book discussion one evening in august, live on twitter. i will email winners with date to be announced and announce it on twitter so anyone can join in on the discussion.


• This post in partnership with go mighty and rivet & sway, but all opinions are my own.

56 responses to “find your joy summer reading club & giveaway: part deux.”

  1. My favourite summer read from last year was “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. What. A. Book.

    Le sigh.

  2. My favorite book this summer is “Billy and Me” by Giovanna Fletcher. Not only is it a page turner and a great beach read, it’s a really compelling story. You can easily connect with her characters. No Kindle of iPad for me – physical copies all the way! Contact me through Twitter: @lelafeldmeier. Can’t wait to read this book!

  3. Just finished and loved Helene Wecker’s debut
    Novel, The Golem and the Jinni. Historical
    turn of the century NYC parallels a story on the Arabian desert. A must read!!

  4. I just finished “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. I am still processing how amazing that book is. I made the mistake of starting it late at night, and ended up staying up waaaay too late just sobbing and reading.

  5. Just finished “Sisterland” on my Kindle, another great work from Curtis Sittenfeld, and for a summer fluff book I read “Revenge Wears Prada,” which was so-so.

  6. This book sounds amazing!
    This summer my favorite read has been Discovery of Witches. I read the first two books in the series and am bummed that the 3rd won’t be out till next year. Oh the anticipation!

  7. This might be the best giveaway I’ve seen yet. It’s so personal and inspiring. I recently joined a book club this past January and it has allowed me to take time and joy in reading again. Our club just got done reading “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green and it was amazing! I got to read it while traveling and I laughed and cried on the plane both to my destination and back. An incredible read. Keeping my fingers crossed for this one. @samantharsolis

  8. The hobbit is a childhood favorite of mine and I always go back to it when I want something to toss in my purse for a beach day.

  9. I just finished Super Sad True Love Story and thought it was incredible. Super moving and super funny (apparently the trend of the future is crotchless panties and onionskin jeans).

  10. There are so many it’s almost hard to name one, but I’m very much into “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” this summer. Would love to be a part of the group!

    Thanks – great idea :)

  11. I second”Where’d you go Bernadette”, especially funny for us on the West Coast as she nails us!

  12. My favorite summer read was Barbara kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle. Thanks for the fun “reading group”!

  13. Really depends on my mood, but I loved the twilight series by Stephanie Meyers. I also enjoy the Hornblower series by CS Forrester. A well-written book is just that. Thank you for the chance.


  14. My favorite book I’ve read this summer has been Divergent by Veronica Roth . On the wait list to get Insurgent at my local library! Kindle edition preferred. :)

  15. Spontaneously bought The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood and can’t put it down (at the peril of my other book club reading, Infinite City). Has a SF story line that thrills me and I’m definitely going to reread it once I finish. It’s that kind of summer love….

  16. I am another one who loves “the Fault with Our Stars”. It was recommended by a coworker and I made the mistake of downloading and beginning to read it while on a work break- let’s just say that work break may have lasted a little longer than it was supposed to! I’m needing another book to get caught up in- thanks for the chance!

  17. My favorite summer read is August is a Wicked Month, by Edna O’Brien. It’s a sizzling classic (and maybe still banned in Ireland??? Back in the day it was very scandalous!)
    I’m excited about your book club. Thank you for the chance to win!!

  18. “The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope” by Rhonda Riley. Incredible love story. Incredible! Crosses so many genres. Do NOT read the book sleeve, it gives away too much. Enjoy!

  19. This summer is all about food, Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdsin. Kitchen Confidential was a page-turner and this is more of the same. Bourdain really let you into his life, warts and all. It’s all sex drugs rock and roll and food. Loving iy

  20. I just finished “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern and loved it so much. It’s pure magic and hard to put down. “Mary Coin” looks really good, too, and I’d love to read it and join the discussion!

  21. My fav summer read would have to be The Rule of Four by Ian Calwell and Dustin Thomason. Great drama.

  22. Lovely! I too am trying to pick up a book more often than I have been. Thanks for the potential fun! My favorite summer read has been “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival”. I know, fun! But it was so compelling and I coincidentally read it while in Honolulu, which made it even more interesting. Thanks for the opportunity! (twitter is @milkfedpress)

  23. My favourite book (so far) this summer is “The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker. Amazing debut novel that I couldn’t put down. Can’t recommend it enough.


  24. like you, i have been seriously negligent with my reading. but last summer i read both, Half Broke Horses and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls for the second time. gosh, i love those books like family.

  25. I’m currently reading And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini because my favorite summer read EVER was Kite Runner. Epic. Beautiful. Challenging. His latest is shaping up to be just as good.

  26. So far my favorite summer reading book has been Yes, Chef by Marcus Samualsson. I actually read it with my friends for our “boozy book club” and for our discussion we went to his restaurant in NYC and had the opportunity to shake hands with him bc he happened to be in house that evening! Its such a great read about a very determined man!

  27. I have really strong and wonderful memories of summer reading.
    For a few summers when I was growing up in the early seventies, my dad would take me to buy a stack of books to save for the car ride and vacation spent in the Outer Banks.
    Mid-day breaks on a towel in the sand and evenings on the screened porch as storms rolled through were my favorite times for reading.
    Later, when we returned back home, the fruit trees would be ready to yield cherries, peaches and plums. Many hours were spent up in the crotch of a tree eating cherries and reading Nancy Drew mysteries.
    I recently re-read The Secret of the Old Clock- the very first in the Nancy Drew series, published in 1930- and was transported back to that uncomplicated and innocent time.
    I started a new mystery this week- The Cuckoo’s Calling- which we now know was written by J.K. Rowling, who provided my own children with some magical, escapist summer reading.
    So glad to be back to summer reading!

  28. My favorite novel this year has been so far ‘ Tigers in Red Weather ‘ by Lisa Klaussman. Now that I have finished I miss the book and characters and need to find another good book!

  29. A book that I read almost every summer is a great old classic. It is called The Blue Castle by L M. Montgomery who also wrote Anne of Green Gables. I love all of her books. I just finished Claire Dewitt and the Bohemian highway by Sara Gran. Wow! Could not put it down.

  30. My favorite summertime book is “Summer at Tiffany” by Marjorie Hart. It’s the true story of two women who worked a summer job at Tiffany in New York City in 1945. It’s full of retro memories, humor, love and a little drama. A good one!

  31. Right now I’m ready “This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz and it’s just a beautiful book!

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  32. The adolescent lit novel, The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman, is exciting! Great fiction/sci-fi story and perfect for afternoons spent in the hammock reading! : )
    twitter: @rusticsix

  33. Call me Zelda by Erika Robuck-great story about 2 women from different worlds. Love to read a great book with sound of the summer crickets! Twitter @StinaVanL

  34. I finally read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain and absolutely loved the history of Hemingway and that time period. The story is a realistic look at love and marriage at the time, too – I highly recommend it! Dorothea Lange was a huge inspiration for me in my early photography days – I would love to be a part of this. Twitter @whitneykrieger

  35. I just bought Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld. I loved her other books — Prep and American Wife. Looking forward to diving into this new one soon. Twitter @themuseumscout

  36. My favorite summer read is also a total guilty pleasure – the Sookie Stackhouse series. It’s slightly embarrassing to admit, but sometimes my brain needs a read like this. I think Mary Coin would be a great follow up to Rules of Civility which Nick and I listened to on audiobook for our trip to Nashville. Twitter @willscasa

  37. My favorite summer reading book is a chick lit novel – The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han! I have picked up reading again recently, so I’m super excited for this giveaway! My twitter handle is @ambaaamm :)

  38. I’m a little late to the party, but my favorite summer read so far has been Bossypants- perfect for the beach! Thanks for the chance to win- this book looks pretty cool!

  39. The major new players in e-book publishing—Amazon, Apple and Google—can easily track how far readers are getting in books, how long they spend reading them and which search terms they use to find books. Book apps for tablets like the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook record how many times readers open the app and how much time they spend reading. Retailers and some publishers are beginning to sift through the data, gaining unprecedented insight into how people engage with books.

  40. My favorite this summer was ‘Without Reservations’ by Alice Steinbach. I lived vicariously through her! I’d love to follow along with this book, even if I don’t win a copy. My twitter handle is @backtoallen :)

  41. Not the lightest of reads, but i really enjoyed Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.
    Would love to follow along.
    Twitter: @figandpeach

  42. This summer, David Sedaris’ “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls”.
    Last summer it was “Birdsong” by Sebastian Faulks.
    Really can’t wait to join this ‘book club’!