Ah, it seems that summer is really here, and with it comes the urge to relax on a hammock, or at the beach or simply in the back yard while reading a good book. I went to an all girl Catholic high school and before we were let out for the summer we were given the dreaded “Summer Reading List”. It was full of classic literature ( Heart of Darkness, The Old Man and the Sea, A Separate Peace, Shakespeare) thirteen or fourteen books to read over the summer and to be tested on the first week back to school in the fall. That list hung over my head all summer as I continued to read only the books that I loved and ignored “The List”. Despite that, I still love to read.
I have been following the Little Free Library movement going on across the country and just loving it. My friend has put one in front of her store. You can take a book to read or bring a book to put in the Library to share with others. What a great idea.
So, a couple of books I have read lately that make for some good summer reading.
You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz : A New York therapist has written a book about the failure of women to use their intuition when meeting men and falling in love. Before the release of the book a murder at her son’s school affects her entire family.
→The book can get too descriptive and wordy and the first part of the book is more compelling than the end. But, it is a pretty good summer mystery.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.
→A quirky, satirical, often biting look at life in Seattle, private schools, and the tech world. I thoroughly enjoyed!
Lots of Candles Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen: In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead—and celebrating it all—as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more.
→Always love her writing and this Quindlen memoir is no exception.