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.
Gold by Chris Cleave
This is a story about how much you’re willing to sacrifice for the people you love. It’s also about friendship, love, parenting and a lifelong pursuit of trying to achieve Olympic gold. In true Chris Cleave form, you’ll be drawn into this novel on page one.
Editor’s Note: Who didn’t love Little Bee? This book sounds like a heartwarming smiling cry-fest. Want.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday morning, Julia and her family wake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. This is a mesmerizing story of family turmoil, young love, and coming-of-age set against an upending of life as we know it.
Editor’s Note: Who hasn’t thought about how we’d all behave if we knew the end of the world was upon us. Sounds interesting…
Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sunbleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha’s Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. Brilliantly told from five points of view, with a magical elegance and suspenseful dark longing, Tigers in Red Weather is an unforgettable debut novel from a writer of extraordinary insight and accomplishment.
Editor’s Note: I’ve always wanted to go to Martha’s Vineyard. This one sounds like the perfect intelligent beach read. If not only to see where the title comes from.
One Good Hustle by Billie Livingstone
The child of 2 con artists, 16-year-old Sammie Bell always prided herself on knowing the score. But now she finds herself backed into a corner. This novel chronicles 2 months in Sammie Bell’s struggle with her dread that she is somehow doomed genetically to be just another hustler.
Editor’s Note: nature vs nurture? Who hasn’t always secretly wanted to be a hustler?
Which one are you going to pick up?
Also part of Chicky’s Summer Reads:
Penguin Canada (coming soon)
Simon & Schuster Canada (coming soon)