Photo Vomit [21]: Summer Reading


Lately, I’ve been thinking and rethinking about the title of this feature. It just sounds so crass, and frankly, it more often doesn’t go well with the message of my post. Last weekend, I’ve consider what to call it instead. Some of the choices that I’ve come up with are:

  • Livres et Images (books and images)
  • Entre Líneas (between the lines)
  • Pages et Images (pages and images)

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Anyway, back to my post. Well, I know summer is coming to a close. So I wanted to go back and see how many books I read this past couple of months that were actually summer-themed books. Sadly, I didn’t read too many. I’ve never been one to discriminate when it comes to what books to bring to the beach, but I do look for a couple of distinct characteristics. One, the setting has to be on a beach somewhere, and two, it has to be a decadent novel. I also try go for books that do not put a strain in the brain, ‘knowwhatImean?

So going by those, I can only find three novels in my READ bookshelf.

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Admittedly, I wasn’t really that surprise that I only read three ‘summer-themed’ novels. I’m not the type of reader whose reading choices are dictated by a particular season. I’m usually flying by the seat of my pants kind of reader. Though sometimes, I’ll give in to reading a horror novel in time for Halloween.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is a book set by the beach. And with its mystical quality, I say, it goes perfectly well with the season. Plus, summer romance! China Rich Girlfriend and Villa America both fall under the decadent, luxurious category. I don’t think I need to expand on how. While I didn’t necessarily read them while sipping some piña colada (more like, on the couch in my living room), these books were perfect reads in your beach bag.

What about you? What did you read on your summer vacation?
  • Ksenia

    I vote for books and images,
    Joy. I can’t really say that I have a reading pattern during my holidays. I’m
    such a mood reader. I can read something fluffy, but I often read heavy books
    that make me cry while I’m on vacation.

  • Wowza, that picture turned out really good. Like, absurdly good. I always liked the fact that your picture features are called ‘Photo Vomit’. First time I ever read that my first thought was “Well at least it’s honest.” If you are insistent on changing the title, however, my vote is for ‘Pages et Images’, although I think the English ‘Pictures & Pages’ sounds a little better. If I might suggest one of my own as well, I think ‘Words Worth a Picture’ has a certain ring to it. I’m sure whatever you decide to go with will be good though.

  • Sounds great 😀 Hoping you have had an awesome summer sweet girl. <3 your picture is stuuunning 🙂 But hmm. The title. I think I like the first one the best 😀 Sounds awesome. <3 Happy reading Joy 🙂 I haven't read any of these, but they do sound interesting ;p Best of luck 😀

  • I love the term “flying on the seat of my pants”, Joy. You certainly know how to accurately describe how it is for, I’m sure, the most of us. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book because of the season it was set in. I love reading winter set books in summer, I’ll say that, but otherwise it’s very much- what is on my shelf- do I want to read it now- okay done- next.
    My process! How intricate.

    I do like your suggested titles, Joy, but I have to say I like the title you’ve got now! Photo Vomit is… expressive and, yes, crass, but I think it’s fun and unique and (this will sound awful but please take it as a compliment) it suits your blog. I enjoy coming to see what unique, totally you thing you’ll be posting about, and the title just suits the spray (not technicoloured) of ideas I feel through your posts.
    Gorgeous photo and I’ll like this feature whatever you call it. xx

  • I vote for Entre Lineas, although I like the first one as well. I am a sucker for Christmas books 🙂

  • I like the Between the Lines one as well, it would make a nice title 🙂 Such a beautiful picture with the colour the sunlight is creating filtering through ^.^

    Like you, I am not so much a season reader. When some people are reading Christmas themed books in December I am reading the summer ones and vice versa. But I don’t mind at all xD

  • I like Livres et Images the best out of your choices. I do recall if I read a summer themed book this summer or not. I usually like to read a horror around Halloween, though, I can’t help but think of one with all the horror movie/shows being advertised at the same time. I also like to read a winter themed book when it gets cold. I usually just read whatever sounds good at the time or whatever review book I need to complete, lol! 🙂

  • That photo is so lovely! One thing I haven’t done so far this summer is read books outside. It’s kind of disappointing too because reading outdoors is such a nice way to spend a late morning before it gets too hot. I still have a few weeks before the cool Autumn weather settles in to read outside though. Also, I think this is the first year where I didn’t really seek out any summery readers. In fact, I think at least two of the novels I read took place during cold, damp wintertime.

    PS. I vote for I really like Entre Líneas!

  • I like Livres et Images. I’m reading other books too but ones I’m having the most fun with are these Hamish Macbeth books 🙂 I just love that series (am currently on book 7)

  • I think I like Livres et Images best 🙂 ah French.

    I like the look of China Rich Girlfriend, it has a fun cover! I’m not a seasonal reader either (more a mood reader – I have a habit of reading Christmas themed novels all year round), I think it’s because I don’t like anyone or anything dictating what I do and don’t read!

  • I love the sound of Entre Lineas 😉 Also adore the beautiful photo, I can never get enough of the light leak effect.

    I need to look into China Rich Girlfriend and the rest of those books, they sound TOTALLY down my alley – being a person that vicariously live through fashion bloggers and their decadent lifestyle all the time. I haven’t been reading any summer titles, it’s hard to pick them up when it’s like almost freezing where I live right now, haha. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I like the Between the Lines title! I don’t think I really read a ton of summer themed books either. I don’t really read for the season, except for around Halloween. It really IS a good time to read some mysteries/thrillers.


  • Natalie

    To start: I LOVE that photo. It is so very pretty. I’m trying to even remember what I read this summer. I don’t think any of them were “summer” books. I just read whatever is keeping my attention. I don’t ever really think about books in terms of seasons. *shrugs*

  • Absolutely love that photo! I too kinda like photo vomit, but the between the lines one sounds good, too. Hmm….my vacation was cut short due to everyone but me getting pink eye (ugh), but I read Donners of The Dead by Karina Halle. Historical zombie horror….but it was good!

  • pretty picture. I like Livres et Images

  • So pretty! I also kind of like Photo Vomit but your other ideas are great too. As you know, I’ve read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. You’re right about it being a great summer romance read! The other two are new so I will have to check them out!

  • kindlemom1

    I sadly read very little this summer and no where near as many books as I wanted to but, that is okay, I have all of fall and winter to catch up right? Right? 😛

    I like Books and Things! Especially since you sometimes talk about things other than books, it makes sense. 😉
    Beautiful picture by the way, I love it! I don’t want summer to be over yet. 🙁

  • I don’t know, PHOTO VOMIT sounds cool to me. Why do you want to change it? (curious look)

    Quality over quantity. I was on a reading slump and I guess now I’m back? I don’t know if I was indeed on a slump or I just picked the wrong books or maybe those Korean pop stars just distracted me too much.


  • Melliane

    well I don’t read that much when ‘m not at home but it’s not a really big change. I always have too many books at home to read my summer reads, so I read them when I can lol

  • I like the second one, Entre Líneas (between the lines). As for summer reads, the only one I’ve read with a strong beach theme was the Summer of Chasing Mermaids. I agree, it goes perfectly with the season.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Oooo I like Between the Lines! It seems to fit with your gorgeous pictures. LOVE the above photo, you rocked that sun flare Joy!!!

    I’ve been sadly behind on my reading this summer, even when I was on vacation last week. I read a decidedly un-summer vacation like read called The Dead House. I knew it would be a fast read and that’s what I was looking for, so it worked out. Plus, I scare easy, so reading while sitting in the bright sun by the lake was a good thing for me 😉

  • You’re so French–wait…are you descended from the Canadian-French or otherwise?!

  • Jazmen

    I never have a summer vacation, as I’m never on break from anything. Sad, right? Ah well. One of these summer’s I will, hopefully soon. I definitely want to read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, and I have some others on my “summer theme” TBR. I hope to soon!

  • Entre Líneas sounds SO sexy. Say it slowly, Joy, and roll your r’s and you’ll see what I mean ;P
    Love the picture, Joy, you’re too frigging good at this!
    I did read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids this summer, and I think it was one of my favorite reads of the year! I’m really not a season reader (mood reading all the way) but woah, I should try that for Christmas. Suggestions?

  • RO

    As usual, I’m not nearly as organized as everyone else, because I can only remember what I’m reading at the moment, (lol) and that’s The English Spy by Daniel Silva. If you decide to change the title, I’m partial to Books and Images. I’m looking at your French titles and remembering a two trip to Montreal many years ago. For some reason, nearly everywhere I visited (I was all over the place because I had insomnia-lol) thought I was French. My French is literally” un peu” when it comes to speaking, and just slightly better when reading it thanks to 3 years of high school French, so you can imagine how much shoulder shrugs were happening and “je ne sais pas” was being said. That’s pretty much the extent of my French! (lol) Hugs.. and happy Friday

  • Oh Joy I totally giggled at your description of your feature! I think either of those would work heheh. Beautiful photo, I love the lighting. I don’t normally read to the season as well, more on mood.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I don’t think I’ve read ANY summer themed books this summer, but I have been meaning to read Sarah Ockler. Oh, and I love Entre Lineas. You have such a good eye, I love your photos.

  • Awesome light there!