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This past week the husband and I have had a 2-hour-wait after dropping our 7-year-old off to Harry Potter Camp; so we spent that time sitting in the grass at various parks while we read. Our one-year-old was still with us so there were times when we were interrupted by entertaining her, but it still gave us more time to read than usual. It was nice to be away from the distraction of our laptops and our television for a change. Camp is now over but I think we will continue to get outside for a while on most nights, weather permitting of course. While I’ve been reading the same book this week (see my most recent Currently post) it got me thinking about other books I’ve read recently that would make great summer reading choices.
From the Goodreads description: “Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.”
This book is not based on a true story but the Grimke sisters were very real and were the inspiration for this book. I encourage you to read more about the sisters after finishing this book.
From the Goodreads description: “Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner.”
In this process he meets, Rosie, who is almost completely opposite of what he is looking for. She is searching for her biological father and Don, being a professor of genetics, decides to help her out and they end up working together. If you love Sheldon from Big Bang Theory, then you’ll love Don Tillman. It’s fun, lighthearted, and an easy read.
From the Goodreads description: “During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.
Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.
Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.”
yes, I know that’s a lot. This book is not necessarily an “easy read” compared to some others because it goes back and forth between Laurels current timeline and her mother’s past but as long as you can keep track of that it is definitely worthwhile and you won’t want to put it down. Every time you think you have the mystery figured out, the author throws you for a loop and you find another surprise. I loved this book and immediately started looking for her other books after finishing this one.
From the Goodreads description: “Abigail Donovan has a lot of stuff she should be doing. Namely writing her next novel. A bestselling author who is still recovering from a near Pulitzer Prize win and the heady success that follows Oprah’stamp of approval, she is stuck at Chapter Five and losing confidence daily. But when her publicist signs her up for a Twitter account, she’s intrigued. What’s all the fuss?
Taken under the wing of one of her Twitter followers, “MarkBaynard”, a quick witted, quick-typing professor on sabbatical, Abby finds it easy to put words out into the world 140 characters at a time. And once she gets a handle on tweets, retweets, direct messages, hashtags, and trends, she starts to feel unblocked in writing and in life. After all, why should she be spending hours in her apartment staring at her TweetDeck and fretting about her stalled career when Mark is out there traveling the world and living?
Or is he?
Told almost entirely in tweets and DMs, Goodnight Tweetheart is a truly modern take on a classic tale of love and loss, a Griffin and Sabine for the Twitter generation.”
okay, full disclosure. I never would’ve chosen this book for myself. It was a pick from one of my book clubs and it’s just not the type of book I would normally find myself reading. I probably rolled my eyes that month when I learned what we would be doing. But, that’s one reason I wanted to do book club. I thought it would help open me up to new books, authors, and genres. I read this book and was pleasantly surprised. I ended up really enjoying it. It was a very easy and quick read but lots of fun. It’s the kind of book you could finish in a day and not regret it.
From the Goodreads description: “Imagine a perfect world. What would it take to get there? What would it take to maintain such perfection?
At the dawn of the third millennium Earth has become a utopian society, the population has been tamed to a sustainable amount. The bulk of the land and oceans have been returned to nature, leaving the human population in their content city states.
People are happy, incredibly happy. It does help that the government has sanctioned daily, mandatory consumption of the Drug Joi.
What happens to those immune to it, or those who dare question the administration? Or even dare to be something as simple as curious? They are shipped off world.
The story follows a young woman whose curiosity and dissonance led her into exile to an alien world filled with the undesirables of Earth.”
To be fair, I can’t personally vouch for this one. I haven’t actually read it yet. It’s a new book by a new author but it sounds intriguing to me. I’ve always enjoyed this genre of books and it was recommended to me recently so I’ve added it to my personal “to read” list.