One thing I love about summer is going outside to read a good book. Last year I put 20 books on my reading list but this year I’ve been more realistic. Ten books have made it to my 2016 summer reading list. A few of them were actually on last year’s list so hopefully I’ll get to them this summer.
The amazing thing is I’ll be reading them all as e-books. I never thought I’d give up holding a physical book in my hand (which I haven’t), but these ten are already on my tablet waiting to be enjoyed.
Here’s the list-
The Night Before-Luanne Rice.
Take Me With You-Catherine Ryan Hyde.
My Sister’s Grave-Robert Dugoni.
Silent Scream-Angela Marson.
A Cat Called Alfie-Rachel Wells.
The Magpies-Mark Edwards.
Never Smile at Strangers-Jennifer Jaynes.
When I’m Gone-Emily Bleeker.
Animal Wise-Virginia Morell.
All That Ails You-Mark J Asher.
As you can see, this time I’ve picked eight fiction novels, the majority of them are mysteries, and two non-fiction titles just to mix things up a little.
I’m currently reading another one of Mark Edwards’ books called Follow You Home and someone recommend Emily Bleeker’s novel. Anyone read any of these books on my list? Anyone want to share their summer reading list. Any recommendations? I’d be happy to post them here so others can find the perfect book for summer reading.
I’m not as far into my summer reading list as I’d hoped, but I’m finally moving onto book 6. This time I’ve chosen a detective mystery by a new to me author. It’s called Brass in Pocket by Stephen Puleston.
It’s already August, half the summer’s gone and I hoped I would have read more books on my reading list by now.However, I’ve been reviewing books too so it’s slowed my progress.
I’m now reading book five on the list, and it’s Resistance by Anita Shreve. You might remember her book and movie, The Pilot’s Wife, but I became a fan of this author after reading Strange Fits of Passion. This one I picked up at a library book sale, and I’m ashamed to say it’s been sitting on a shelf for over a year. I’ve never read a book set in Belgium before, so this will be a first for me.
Time for some fiction, and it’s a mystery for my fourth pick. It’s Deadly Waters by Pauline Rowson. This is a new to me author. I read some great reviews for her series featuring DI Andy Horton. Deadly Waters is the second book in the series. I’m looking forward to reading it because for me, summer and a good mystery novel go hand in hand.
First up was a mystery, then a romance novel, so I thought it was time for some non-fiction. Book three on my summer reading list is A Green and Pleasant Land-How England’s Gardeners Fought the Second World War by Ursula Buchan.
I chose this one for several reasons. Gardening is one of my hobbies and I’m trying my hand at growing vegetables for the first time this year. Second reason, it’s not only about gardening but about history too. And being a Brit, it’s part of my own history. I remember hearing about my great grandparents growing vegetables in their backyards and on allotments when food supplies dwindled as the war continued. I also remember hearing about my great grandmother adding banana flavoring to parsnips when bananas became a distant memory for them. So I’m hoping this one will entertain as well as educate me.
I started my summer reading journey with a mystery novel so I thought I’d turn to romance next. The second book on my Summer Reading List is Winter Song by Jennifer McMurrain.
This is a new to me author. After I read the synopsis, I thought it sounded like a fun story. I’m about half way through it. It features a ghost , an idyllic setting, and lots of humor which for me is always an added bonus.
Here’s the link on Amazon if you want to check it out-
Summer’s here and as many of you know I’ve selected 20 books that I hope to read between now and September 23rd. Some of fiction and a handful are non-fiction titles. The first one I’ve picked to kick things off is Into the Woods by Harlan Coben. I’ve read many of his other books, Tell No One and Just One Look are two of my favorites. This is an author I stumbled upon when I heard him talk at one of the Bouchercon conventions back in the 90s. He was so inspiring and highly entertaining that when I left I decided to check out his work. I’ve been a fan since. His books are peppered with great characters, he’s a master at layering the plot so everything falls into place perfectly, and yes, you’ll want to keep turning those pages. I’m a couple of chapters into this one and If you’d like to check out the book, here’s the Amazon link-