What you should read this summer. Just a quick list of suggestions to help entertain you this summer. Links go through to my original reviews.
1. Tigers In Red Weather. This is a book about summer. Tennis and cocktail abound. The tale spans 30 years and recounts the troubles and turmoils of a family as they return each summer to Martha’s Vineyard. I could not put it down.
2. The Rosie Project. Ah, The Rosie Project. Romantic comedy at it’s best. I laughed a lot, his book down. It is a literary page turner with great character development and unexpected twists.
3. Seating Arrangements. I read this back before I started the blog, but it continues to stay in my mind. It is a social satire set over a summer weekend wedding. The guests are of the upper crust, but they are not behaving as such. There is a little (inadvisable) sex, a little love and perhaps a hint of scandal!I was fully invested in the characters and I loved the adventure. It will make your heart go pitter patter.
4. The Dinner. I have been recommending this book to just about everyone I know. I could not put it down. It is about a problem that may tear apart a family and the lengths parents will go to to protect their children. My mom’s reaction to it was completely different than my own, but neither one of us could put it down.
5. Brain on Fire. A piece of non-fiction for a change. A true story about Cahalan’s month long descent into madness and how her doctors finally figured out what was going on. The author will be at the Edinburgh Book Festival, so that is just one more reason to read it if you are in Edinburgh!
6. Amity and Sorrow. A story about a set of sisters and their mother on the run from their father a leader of an ultra conservative Christian cult. If that wasn’t enough, one of the sisters is causing an awful lot of trouble. This book was harder to put down than I imagined it would be. The author, Peggy Riley, will also be at the Edinburgh Book Festival.
7. Golden Boy. I cannot say enough great things about this novel. Like The Dinner, I have been recommending this book to everyone. The author dangles little pieces of the story on each page making it impossible to put down. The story focuses on a high school golden boy and his troubling journey of self discovery and his own sexuality.
8. Born Weird. This is a really quirky and fun book. It involves a cross Canada journey to reunite a family of five siblings before their Grandmother passes away. In and of itself that may not seem to gripping, but Kaufman weaves together a funny tale of adventure and sibling rivalry.
Great list – agree with all except Golden Boy… perhaps I missed the point of this novel but it didn’t sit well with me. Tigers, Seating Arrangements, The Dinner and The Rosie Project on the other hand – all brilliant.
The Rosie Project and The Dinner are both on my wish list. Golden Boy is my favorite of the ones I’ve read on your list 🙂
Great list! I’m currently reading Golden Boy and buzzing along nicely. I completely agree with Tigers in Red Weather (great summer read!), hells yes to The Dinner and I have the Rosie Project on my TBR list and I won a copy of Amity & Sorrow! 🙂 Another one a bit similar in “theme” like The Dinner is The Execution of Noa P. Singleton. Nab that one and add to your list! It’s a really good one too!!
Penny, I couldn’t decide whether or not to read Noa P Singleton, but i’ll take your word for it and give it a try!
The Dinner and Golden Boy- two of my favorites for in 2013. I met Abigail Tarttelin and she is so funny and interesting- kind of person you’d like to hang out with.