(You may notice that half of the books I’ve read so far weren’t on my already-lengthy lists. That’s why getting to all these books might be a problem!)
My (incomplete) summer reading so far:
by Gabrielle Zevin
I suspect you’ll enjoy this more if you come to it with no expectations, so let’s just say this novel is plain good fun for book lovers. I don’t want to say to much, but let’s just say tears were shed. Despite the Kleenex scenes, I highly recommend this for the beach or pool. The European title The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry probably describes the story a little better. Read it—you’ll see what I mean.
by Rainbow Rowell
I was ecstatic to get my hands on Rowell’s newest—which isn’t officially out till July 8—and read it in a day, but (I hate to say it!) it fell flat for me. (Unlike Eleanor & Park, which I loved, and Attachments, which I put in the summer reading guide.) It did make me wish I’d signed up for improvisational theater in college.
by Dodie Smith
I can see why this 1940s classic makes so many people’s desert island book lists. 17-year-old Cassandra is a remarkable narrator, who captures her eccentric family’s daily life—in their ramshackle old English castle—in her diary. Replete with love, magic, writer’s block, and bear costumes.
by Andy Weir
Think Cast Away, morphed into an outer space adventure story. This isn’t going to make my best-ever list, but I enjoyed it, and I put it into my husband’s hands as soon as I finished.
by Ruth Reichl
If you adore Reichl’s food writing (raises hand), I understand how you won’t be able to pass this one up. If you’re not already a fan of her work, don’t let your curiosity get the best of you. Second novels are usually better. Wait for Reichl’s.
by Mary Beth Whalen
This brand-new, easy-reading novel from the director of She Reads makes me want to visit Sunset Beach. A good one for the beach bag, for fans of Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers.
What have you been reading lately?
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