Many people believe summer is the most romantic season of the year. I’m not sure I agree with them, because my summers typically consist of a house full of kids and lots of travel with extended family…not intimate trips to France for wine-and-cheese picnics with my husband.

But there are some very romantic elements of the season, like the late evening sunsets, warm summer rain, the slightly slower pace people adopt in their daily lives, and the crickets’ chirping music drifting through the open windows at night. And let’s not forget those wonderful beach books, full of romance and adventure.

Sunrise at Palmetto Dunes, HHI 2014

Sunrise at Palmetto Dunes, HHI 2014

Long flights or car rides are ideal for finally getting around to one’s “to be read” pile. Mine is growing dangerously long. Thank goodness it’s electronic, otherwise I’d be dealing with a bit of a storage problem in my office.

I read some fun romances this summer and tried some “new to me” authors, but there are a few books I still need to get to, including some recent and upcoming releases. Courtney Milan’s The Suffragette Scandal is sitting on my virtual bookshelf, unopened. I’ve been waiting a year for Karen Robard’s third Charlotte Stone book, Her Last Whisper, which drops next week–FINALLY. Then I also have friends with debut books launching this fall, like Regina Kyle’s Triple Threat, and Sheila Athen’s The Truth About Love, among others.

One bonus of a long list is that, as summer turns to fall, the books let you extend the “romance” a little longer.

So tell me, what books are still on your TBR pile?

XO–Jamie