My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.

End of summer and the reading is breezy…


Wanted to share with you, two of my all-time favorite summer book choices. Hope you enjoy my reviews and also share some of your personal favorite pics. for relaxing and memorable summer reading!
Beach, sand and iced tea to accompany; optional but highly recommended LOL   Happy reading!      😉

The Quest for an Authentic Life

Beachcombing at Miramar by Richard Bode.

I bought this book several years ago and after reading it once, proceeded to immediately buy numerous copies to give away as gifts. I was that impressed.

One close friend carried this book around in her purse for weeks. When she needed a ’stress break’ she would pull it out to enjoy a peaceful page or two. Another friend stayed up all night, not able to put the book down until the last page was enjoyed. I can relate, it really is that good.

For me, this was a life-changing book and one that touched me deeply.  The story of Richard Bode’s journey from the rat race to a peaceful and contemplative life on a California beach at Miramar. A dream that for most people remains just that. Bode went for it. Gave up his high-paying, high-pressure job and left behind the life he had always known (including a marriage that wasn’t working any more) to find himself. To live out his dream of a life filled with meaningful and one- of- a -kind “memory” days.

Beautifully written, this is a book you will never forget. A rare glimpse and chance to share an extraordinary life transition along with the author. I highly recommend this book to add to your summer reading list. In case you haven’t read it already.

Summer's Lease

Summer’s Lease by John Mortimer

If lighter reading with plenty of laughs is what you are looking for; perhaps this next one will be more your cup glass of iced tea…
One of my all-time favorite summer novels is John Mortimer’s: Summer’s Lease. I’ve probably read this book for the last 5 or more summers. 

This is the travel journal of an English family. Mother Molly: plump, disillusioned with her marriage and the demands of motherhood; decides to respond to a rather cryptic newspaper ad for a Italian vacation rental. She takes a rather bold step (for her) and rents a “villa” in Tuscany for the summer and so begins the tale…

As one reviewer on Amazon so aptly put it: ” A delicious Italian dish; sun-drenched and garlic-scented novel” .

I won’t spoil the story. If you are looking for a fun, entertaining and well-written summer novel with a touch of suspense, romance regained and even strange water-shortages abounding….. you may want to give this one a try.

I’m looking forward to another visit to Tuscany this summer if I can just get Joe to find the ‘right’ book box. At this time, too many of our books are still in storage.       

PS: Just finished reading: Eat, Pray, Love.

Yes, I know. I AM the last person on the planet to read this book LOL.

Enjoyed it for the most part; there were some important thoughts and life- questions to ponder from it. But this book was not up to the media hype and reviews it continues to generate, in my opinion. The author also seems so immature to me, in her reactions to many ordinary and regular occurrences/challenges in life.  

 What did you think ?


Author: Geraldine

I am a freelance writer, poet, artisan, avid book/product reviewer and award-winning cookbook author. I recently published the second volume of my new vegetarian cookbook series: The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 2): Simply, Super, Supper Soups and my inspirational, pro-active and fun book/eBook, all about aging well: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well. I am also the author of: The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 1): Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker. Third Chapter, Second Chance (a mid-life romance). Not Just for Vegetarians: Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way and the poetry collections: Haiku Reflections: The Four Seasons (Volumes I, II and III) and My Poetic Path. These titles are available at all the Amazon sites. When I'm not writing or creating new recipes, I love to knit and crochet; usually with some "help" from feline friend, the yarn-loving Mr. Cheddar! 🐱 With Blogger, I also host my new author's site: Geraldine Helen Hartman and my product review blog: My Real Life Reviews. I hope you will visit often and enjoy all of my sites.😂 Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing You a Happy Week and Namaste!

8 thoughts on “End of summer and the reading is breezy…

  1. the list of brain food is never long enough.. thanks for the recommendations…..

  2. Not the last person to read it, as I haven’t.

    I have too many books on my list right now. I read so rarely, prefering to knit in my spare time and I can only garter stitch when I read, so that limits me. I do listen to books on tape, tho’!

  3. Not the last person…..I haven’t read it yet either.

    I love the picture of your winter! And the pictures after the storm. Sounds like your heat wave is over.

    I love your poem To Resolve.

  4. I will look for both of them at the library. Isn’t it hard to believe that summer is done?

  5. Geraldine,
    Thanks for these reviews. I will have a look for these.

  6. Hi Paisley, What amazes me is the number of books that many of my blog friends manage to read, in any given month. These are also usually the women who are knitting/crocheting at an amazing pace/production ‘rate’. I stand humbled. 😉

    Hi Sallee, Now there’s a thought, listening to books instead. Maybe I’d get more crochet projects finished !!!!

    Hi Carrie, Eat,Pray,Love has been SO popular. Just seems like everyone I talk to read it months ago. Nice to ‘see’ you again Carrie. And hello to Hez!

    Hi Sandy, This summer flew by, didn’t it? That’s what it felt like to me. I love Autumn though so I’m hoping the upcoming season lasts a while….

    Hi Sandy C, Let me know what you think.

    Have a safe and happy Labour Day weekend, G 🙂

  7. I am becoming the worst reader in the world but I did manage to get a copy of ‘Beachcombing At Miramar’ which I hope to start very soon. I’ll let you know when I’ve finished it.

  8. Immature is a terrific description of Eat, Pray and Love. It reads like ‘it pays to know someone in publishing’. Haven’t read Beachcombing at Miramar, but it does appeal to me – thanks for the heads up!
    Summer is my favorite season – this one was hot and very short. Sob.

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