I don’t know about you, but I read a TON in the summer. It’s probably because all my favourite TV shows are on hiatus (other than So You Think You Can Dance and The Young and the Restless). It also could be because my kids go off to sleepover camp and I’ve got a lot more time on my hands. Regardless of the reason, I need to feed my 2-3 book-per-week habit with fantastic reads.
I’m sure there are lots of other bibliophiles out there in the same boat. So, I thought I’d do the Internet a favour and compile a list of Chicky’s Hot Summer Reads, as recommended by the publishers. I think we’ll be piling up our nightstands, virtual or otherwise, with these amazing recommendations.
In this first instalment, Harper Collins shares three favourite reads for summer, plus their amazing Passport to Summer program.
Take a Globe-Trotting Book Vacation with HarperCollins Canada!
Travel the world with Summer Passport as we visit a different part of the globe each week, with great books, recipes, contests and exclusive content to keep you reading all summer long! Follow along on twitter with the hashtag #summerpassport.
How it works: Every week, throughout the summer, Harper Collins will ‘reveal’ a new destination on SummerPassport.ca, with a list of books to read that will take you to that destination. It will be like you’re traveling the world right from your armchair. Along with books, they’ll also put the spotlight on food from that destination and highlight awesome cookbooks and recipe excerpts.
Join the conversation on Twitter #SummerPassport and share your own travel memories, travel books, favourite international dishes, and more. Don’t forget to follow Harper Collins on Facebook. Each week there’s a prize pack of books up for grabs!
Harper Collins’ top three reads (other than Beautiful Ruins, review to come)
Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace
According to Wallace, Charlotte Street is “the heartwarming everyday tale of boy stalks girl.” Jason Preistley (not that one) has just met the girl of his dreams in a brief, fleeting moment. The problem is, he has no idea who she is or how we ever find her again. Charlotte Street is a hilarious and touching story about the lengths we go to for love.
Editor’s Note: Summer giggles and a fake Jason Priestly? How can you go wrong?
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
This gorgeous novel has it all: love, loss, family, war, and destiny. It centers around two young people who grow up in the Italian Alps, meet as children, and then separately immigrate to America. Both embark on new lives, one as a shoemaker, the other as a seamstress for the Metropolitan Opera House, with hopes of one day being reunited, but who knows what fate has in store…
Editor’s Note: I’ve been dying to read this book for months…
Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
A young woman named Emma falls ill on a trip to Africa, and returns home months later to find out that her boyfriend, friends, and coworkers all thought she had died. This is a charming story about how Emma reclaims her life and discovers her true self. From Catherine McKenzie, the bestselling author of Spin and Arranged.
Editor’s Note: This book looks like a completely lovely story.
Also part of Chicky’s Summer Reads:
Penguin Canada (coming soon)
Simon & Schuster Canada (coming soon)