Whether your chilling poolside, hanging at the beach, or simply lazing in the backyard, here are my suggestions for summer reading this year.
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EASY, BREEZY READS
1. “Someday, Someday, Maybe” by Lauren Graham
Lauren Graham is best known for her acting roles in “Gilmore Girls” and “Parenthood.” She brings all her token wit, charm, and humor to her debut novel. Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York in the Nineties. Nothing is going her way, but still she believes she can make her dreams come true.
2. “Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins
For a delightful romp in romance, this is the book to pick up. Anna’s story of her senior year of high school in Paris is loaded with humor, sharp characters, fabulous dialogue, and just the right amount of angst. It’s like taking a trip back to high school – but only the good parts.
3. “The Pigeon Pie Mystery” by Julia Stuart
A lavish county estate in Victorian London. A quirky, diverse cast of characters. And a murder mystery. This book is a light, charming, and humorous read with fun twists and turns. All you need in a great summer read.
DEEP AND THOUGHTFUL READS
1. “One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes
If you were enchanted by Jojo Moyes’s last bestseller, “Me Before You” than you must read her new book this summer. “One Plus One” hits shelves July 1, 2014, and will make you laugh, cry, and never want the end to come. A “compelling story of love and family,” Moyes brings together an unlikely cast of characters with sensitivity and skill.
2. “Whistling Past The Graveyard” by Susan Crandall
Award-winning author Susan Crandall’s novel set in the 1960’s in Mississippi is a beautiful, touching portrait of, not only civil rights, but of growing up and fighting for the life you want. Starla, 9-years-old, runs away from home and her grandmother’s strict, loveless discipline. Hot, tired, and thirsty, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling with a white newborn. Nothing is ever the same again.
3. “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain
It’s 1920. Hadley Richardson is 28-years-old who has given up on love and happiness – until she meets Ernest Hemingway. After a fast marriage, the couple moves to Paris where life and love are nothing that they expect. This phenomenal bestseller and award-winning novel looks at life in Paris in the whirlwind Twenties and the trials of love and loyalty.
COOL AND EXCITING READS
1. “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson
Everything in this book is true, yet it reads like a thriller or murder mystery. The historic details about America’s first serial killer and the Chicago World’s Fair are mind-blowing. You’ll be asking why you didn’t know these things already and turning pages as fast as you can read.
2. “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Richard Phillips
If you saw the movie with Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips,” and enjoyed it than you must read the book. This touching account of Phillip’s battle with modern day pirates and his fight to survive is truly amazing.
3. “The Cold Dish” (Walt Longmire #1) by Craig Johnson
This riveting series of mysteries is the inspiration for the successful TV series, “Longmire” on A & E. In this first book, small town Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire faces a complicated murder investigation following the death of a man who raped a Cheyenne girl. Is it revenge? Longmire faces one of the most volatile cases of his long career.
WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU EXCITED TO READ THIS SUMMER?