Linda’s Summer Read Blog Post

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Reading is one of my favorite pastimes and I want to share some book titles with you that I have enjoyed since the beginning of March, AKA, the beginning of shelter in place.

I love a good page-turner, the quick weekend or “beach read” - thrillers and mysteries, as long as they are more psychological than gory. These are my favorite go-to entertainment.  I enjoy beautifully written novels that make you linger on the sentence, repeating it a few times before moving on, or novels with the kind of humor that connects you immediately to a character.

The Shoemakers Wife by Adriana Trigiani:  Beautifully written. A bit of heartbreak, but well worth the read.

The Overstory by Richard Powers:  I am only one third through this book. I am told it is a life changer, and one of the best books many people have read. It’s one that requires the space and time to dig-in and really experience each chapter in depth. Hence, I can’t read it before bed at night, but I am enjoying it. Just need to carve out the time earlier in the day.

The Guest List, and The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley: I discovered this author this year, and have read two of her novels. They are both quick reads with twists that are fun to try to figure out. Her descriptions of personalities and dialogue are spot on and the stories are very entertaining. She is great at creating suspense. Great “summer reads.”

The Break Down by B.A. Paris: This is a mystery that freaks you out, has you on the edge of your seat, and delivers nice twists.  Quick read right up to the end.

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris: I expected this to be another thriller type of mystery, but it’s more an emotional ride I didn’t always like being on. Not because the writing isn’t good, it is for sure, but because the story isn’t always happy and she has a great ability to stress the reader out right along with the character. I recommend it as a story that sticks with you for a few days and has you questioning what you might do in the same position.

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones:  A pager turner that I found aggravating to read, yet impossible to put down. Strange recommendation I know, but I do suggest it as another “beach read.”

Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes:   This is a lovely novel set in Italy. This is a story of three vacationing women at the stage of their life that welcomes changes. I must say a lounge chair, a glass of wine, and this book make a nice afternoon!

Any book by Sophie Kinsella: If you’re looking for a light, quick read that takes you on a relatable ride, any one of her books are the perfect prescription.  

Any book by David Sedaris: One of the funniest writers on the planet. His take on the every day life of family is so funny. Sometimes a bit creepy, but always laugh out loud funny.

Any book by Wallace Stegner: His writing is so beautiful and each novel transports you to the very time and place the story takes place. The western landscape is so vividly described it’s almost like you can see a painting of the images.