I like to read everything before I suggest it, but that’s not always possible with adult books. I belong to a book club and to a service organization. When PEO asked me to do a short program on Summer Reading Suggestions, I tapped my book clubbers for suggestions. Here are a few:
A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana, by Haven Kimmel.
Tracy: While it is an easy read, it isn’t simple. And it will stick with you.
A Man Called Ove: A Novel, by Fredrick Backman.
Marie: The one I keep falling back on. Just a nice story.
Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, by Louise Penny
Marie: For fun mysteries – these are set in Quebec with a fun set of characters and great descriptions of the area.
One Dog Happy, by Molly McNett
Meredith and Susan: Enjoying, loved, short stories that stick with you. One reviewer called these heartbreaking and another called them neat and chipper. You choose. This is our May bookclub selection, and Molly will be doing a reading at the Byron Public Library on 6:30 on Tuesday, May 10th.
The Assistants, by Camille Perri
Dawn: This book is “The Devil Wears Prada” meets Robin Hood. Should be a quick but interesting read for summer.
Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
Lisa: I loved the facts about the elephants, the interesting, quirky characters, and the plot twist.
Then again, I have read some outstanding books that are worthy of recommendation. I present this short list, the first four of which were read by our book club:
Bruiser, by Neal Shusterman. This is a Young Adult Novel, but powerful. Left all of us amazed and deeply thinking.
Ordinary Grace, by Wm. Kent Krueger. A stand-alone mystery by a Minnesota author who keeps getting better with every book. Iron Mountain is the first book in his Cork O’Connor series. Some of our book clubbers have read every one of his books.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande. Nonfiction on a serious topic, but reads easily, like a novel. Our book club read it and my entire family read it, including my father. A life-changer.
Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear, first in the Maisie Dobbs series. Another author who just keeps getting better. Mysteries during the WWI and WWI time period.
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, by Jon Krakauer, paired with Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott. The first was originally an expose of organized religion, but after you’ve had the wind knocked out of you, Lamott’s essays on her personal return to organized religion will restore your faith.
And, lastly, here are some newer books that I want to read this summer:
Reread Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, then read Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld.
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, by Mona Awad. About young women’s body image. Supposedly as caustically funny as it is heartbreaking.
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. WWII, the women’s world.
Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. A heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?