One of the best things about the summer is the ability to get lost in a good book. Whether you spend your time at the beach or the lake, the time for sun, relaxation and a great book to read is upon us.
It brings back fond memories of the library reading club which I would join every summer with the challenge of reading as many books as I could and feeling quite accomplished when the task was achieved. Many of my favorite books such as Harriet the Spy, Ballet Shoes and From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler were read during this time. My love of reading was fostered during the hot summer months of my youth.
As this summer is starting, I thought I would highlight some great books to read. Some are new and some are old. And sometimes you just need to re-read that favorite from years ago.
Here are my favorites for the summer of 2017:
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – If you haven’t had a chance to read this novel yet, or watched the HBO series (with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman), this is the time. The book is hard to put down and worth every moment. Once finished, take a look at the series and decide which you liked better. My opinion – the book!
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub – A tale of three friends and ex-band members who are now old enough to have kids who are experiencing some of the same things that they did. This coming of age story for 50 year olds is delightful.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick – In this poignant and curiously charming debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure. Quiet and reserved, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper always stuck to his routine, until he finds a bracelet of his late wife and embarks on a journey to uncover his wife’s past. He learns lessons of how to heal from loss and embrace life’s unpredictability.
Life from Scratch by Sasha Martin – For almost four years, food writer and blogger Sasha Martin set out to cook and eat a meal from every country in the world. Her memoir takes reader on a gastronomic adventure as she attempts to make peace with her past and elevate her life thorough the prism of food. Martin’s journey of self-acceptance and discovery shows the power of cooking to bond, to empower and to heal and celebrates the simple truth that happiness is created from within.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I fondly remember reading this book during my fifth grade summer. This classic was first published in 1936 and it depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner who must use every means at her disposal to survive.
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