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My Campfire Reading List

The summer I graduated from high school I went on a road trip with my sister to New York city in search of the perfect apartment before she attended Fordham University in the fall to complete her master and PhD.   We drove down from New Brunswick in a little white Mr. Bean car with no air conditioning in the sweltering heat that you had to park on the hill in order to get it to start, again.

It was an exciting time and an eye-opening experience for this little country bumpkin who had never taken a subway before or seen a skyscraper. The only advice I followed  on that trip from my wise teenage friends was not to look-up when walking  “because you don’t want to look like a tourist.”

It was on that trip I learned to navigate the subway system, devoured pizza in little Italy, and attempted to drop a penny off the Empire State building. It was an exciting time for this young seventeen year old who got to look-up to her older sister.

My sister is now the Director of The Great Books Programme at St. Thomas University inspiring young minds to think harder and strive to be better in all aspects of their lives. I have great admiration for her and  am honored to not only have a fabulous sister but a best friend until the very end.


As I  began to gear up for a great camping  season I realized I would be spending a lot of time in the wilderness  with many beautiful evenings curled up by the campfire.   It was the perfect opportunity to read many books in the silence of nature.

As I hummed and hawed at the book store over what to get I thought the simplest thing to do is make my sister compile a list for me. She has a good eye for Great Books!

“Can you give me a list of ten books to read this summer?”

“Any books?

“Yes. Any book you want!”

It is this list which I will be reading over the summer months and sharing my thoughts with you on every second Friday.

Baseball Books
The Brothers K , David James Duncan
Calico Joe, John Grisham

Scary Thriller
The Snowman, Joe Nesbo

Fun meaningful
The leftovers, Tom Perotta
The Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
Kokoro,  Natsume Soeski
The Ministry of Special Cases, Nathan Englander
Phantastes,  George MacDonald

I hope you follow along my reading journey and find one that you might enjoy too!

What are you looking forward to reading this summer? Will it be by a campfire?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

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  1. I’ve read several of these, Darcie. I won’t ruin any of them for you by my commentary, but I will be interested to read what you thought of them…..especially enhanced by a campfire.

    I doubt I will be reading around a campfire this summer. No matter how much I but MTM about our dirt in the mountains, nothing happens. I could go up there and build a fire on it, but then I would have to camp, and we both know how I feel about THAT………

    The best book I have read lately is Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. If you have room to squeeze it in, I highly recommend it. Set in NYC in the 1930’s. Lovely, lovely book.

    1. Poor MTM! I wonder if he could convince you with the luxury of a fifth wheel? We went to an RV expo and my jaw dropped to the floor over the luxury and cost of some of them. Unbelievable.

      I love Rules of Civility is was magical from start to finish and I still get goose bumps from it.

  2. I have The Snowman on my reading list. I will have to check these out and see if any others are of interest of me to read this Summer. Thanks so much for sharing – now I want some S’mores:)

  3. I have The Goon Squad on the list. But for the most part I am completely random about what I read next. After so many years of being told what I had to read while pursuing degrees, I let fate lead the way. If I stumble upon a book either from a review or in a store, that is the next book that I read. Love your list though, so maybe you are my fate.

  4. I have four books going right now (OMG!), and while I will entertain the idea of reading by an evening campfire, those moments are often overcome by deep discussions of the cerebral kind with my camping friends, well-lubricated with wine (or other adult beverages).

  5. Ah, summer reading, such a lovely passtime. I’ve been trying to get into non-fiction lately, but I dunno, for me it always ends up being such a slow slog. Right now trying Escape from Camp 14, which is so depressing it’s hard to pick up. We learn so much about the world around us from literature, and how privileged we truly are.

    1. Summer reading is such a wonderful pastime! Opening a book takes us into a window into another world. Sometimes that world makes us realize how truly privileged we are when so many people are suffering in this world.

      I am just finishing a “A Feminist and a Cowboy: An Unlikely Love Story.” It just might be up your non-fiction alley and it was a hoot to read.

  6. Most of my books are on the Kindle these days. I’ve got a bunch queued up, and yes, some of them will indeed be next to the campfire, I’m sure!

    Sounds like your sister has a great job.

  7. I was just thinking about this very thing yesterday…..Still thinking about which books. One thing I know for sure is it won’t be by the campfire:)

  8. I just finished the 19th wife, which was about Brigham youngs 19th wife. It was great!! Now reading beyond belief, it’s about Scientology. I will need to make a list soon, and do some downloading. I’m not sure we will get much camping in this summer, but I’ll be reading in Alaska in July!,

  9. Oh, I love to poach reading lists! You’ve got some great titles here, lady! I’m currently trying to sink my teeth into The Weird Sisters. I’m hoping to do some quality reading come summer break in Spain! 🙂

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