Can you tell by the title of this year’s summer reading week that I’m on a roadtrip through the West? Packed in my bag are four wonderful books that have kept me company at 30,000 feet over the USA, on the beach, snuggled in bed, and now in the car during a coast to coast roadtrip. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

BREAK THE SKIN by Lee Martin

THINGS WE DIDN’T SAY by Kristina Riggle.

PRIDE AND AVARICE by Nicholas Coleridge

CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese

Except for CUTTING FOR STONE, which was published in 2009, each of these books are hot new titles for this summer. We’ll discuss these and other sizzlers this week during #litchat’s Summer Reading Round-Up. Making the talks even more fun, we have a host of surprise authors dropping in to tell us about their new books and share their summer reading plans

Just to give you an idea of what other lit gurus are recommending, check out this list of summer reads from Oprah’s O magazine: