Summer Reading: Our Essential Book List for Summer
A Study in Charlotte - Brittany Cavallaro
Do you love mysteries but hate how intensive they are? Well we have the perfect fix. "A Study in Charlotte" is a modern day Sherlock and Watson tale whose main characters are distant relatives of the dynamic duo. While both attending a boarding school in Connecticut they must use their wits and deductive skills to solve a crime.
EveryThing EveryThing - Nicola Yoon
I'm a sucker for books that are becoming movies. I have to know what it's about before I watch the movie. Perhaps it's from all the literature and film classes I took but this is an easy read and the perfect poolside book this summer. It took me about 2 hours to power through it. The premise is a modern day "Boy in the Plastic Bubble" situation that becomes so much more.
The Magicians - Lev Grossman
Have you been hooked on Syfy's series The Magicians? Well did you know that it stems from a series of books that are even better than the show? Now that you have the mental image of Quentin and his friends - sit poolside with this trilogy and learn about Brakebells and the mysterious world of Fillory.
Today Will Be Different - Maria Semple
I was instantly enthralled with "Where'd You Go Bernadette" that I had to pick up "Today Will Be Different." This is a book that will force you start thinking about living your best life everyday and to remember that your past influences who you are the decision's you make. For a little dose of reality and quite a few laughs - this book is a great read for those who want a little reflection over the summer.
Magnolia Story - Chip and Joanna Gaines
If you're as obsesses with the show Fixer Upper as we are, then you're not going to want to miss this. This book goes into the details - what makes Chip and Joanna tick. It covers everything from their first renovation project together, their marriage, their family and even Chip's ridiculous humor.
Literature in the Soul of Me - Karen Swallow Prior
This memoir is for any book lover. It is delves into the author's journey in discovering her identity and faith through the the reading of classical literature. Even if you're not an English major, this book will draw you to the richness of the classics. It's infused with references from Charlotte's Web and Great Expectations and it really gets you thinking.
Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson
The haunting and remote of rural Fingerbone, Idaho, the setting for the novel, combined with the eccentric lives of the Foster family women is beautifully unnerving. The vivid yet matter of fact way that Robinson documents the several deaths, abandonments, and tragedies that the Ruthie and Lucille experience is devastating, moving, yet not without glimmers of humor and joy. I doubt you will read this with dry eyes.
Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
The sequel To Kill a Mockingbird, this book finds Jean Louise's as a 26 year old woman and tells of her childhood. In her flashbacks, it picks up shortly after her father Atticus's case in defense of a Blackman who was falsely accused of rape. It follows her coming of age, puberty, falling in love and developing her own values and beliefs amidst the racial turmoil in the South at that time period.