I’m sure you know by now how much I LOVE to read. If you’ve been following along, then you already know I recently joined an all women’s book club. It seriously has been the best decision I have made in awhile. Not only do I get to take a little break from the kids, but I get to be around some awesome like-minded women and read some amazing books too!
With the dog days of summer upon us, I’m sure you’re getting close to checking off all the activities on your summer bucket list. That being said, a little “me time” maybe a little more frequent. So I figured why not share some of my current reads!
Whether you want to add a few new books to your reading list or just want to escape the chaos of life for a moment, here is my list of books that I highly recommend.
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WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
This was our most recent book club pick and I read half of it in one sitting! SO GOOD!! Can not recommend it enough.
Summary: “For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.”
JUNE: A NOVEL
Of all places, I actually picked up this book at the Dollar Tree and so TOTALLY surprised at just how good it turned out to be! It’s a super easy read and if you enjoy books about grand-old houses this book is for you.
Summary– Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery’s vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?
THE ICE CREAM QUEEN OF ORCHARD STREET
Another simple but great read. Set in 1913, this book follows the fictional life story of an immigrant Russian girl named Malka. Read how she goes from the ghettos of New York to creating an ice cream empire.
Summary– Taken in by an Italian ices peddler, she manages to survive through cunning and inventiveness. As she learns the secrets of his trade, she begins to shape her own destiny. She falls in love with a gorgeous, illiterate radical named Albert, and they set off across America in an ice cream truck. Slowly, she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, “The Ice Cream Queen” — doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated television personality. Yet Lillian Dunkle is nothing like the whimsical motherly persona she crafts for herself in the media. Conniving, profane, and irreverent, she is a supremely complex woman who prefers a good stiff drink to an ice cream cone. And when her past begins to catch up with her, everything she has spent her life building will be at stake.
THE AMERICAN HEIRESS
If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, you will gobble this book up!
Summary– Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage
BOOKS WITH SUSPENSE AND THRILLS
THE SILENT PATIENT
A psychological thriller, this book will leave you saying “WTF!” Another super easy read if you’re into this kind of stuff.
Summary– Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL
This one is an oldie but a goodie. Another great novel I just happened to stumble upon and instantly fell in love with. Like most I end up loving, it’s center around a historic house in the South. There is love, death, mystery, and many colorful characters.
Summary– Shots rang out in Savannah’s grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares.
BOOKS WITH A HINT OF HISTORY
DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY
These next few books are for my fellow history lovers. If you are said people than I am sure you’re aware of Erik Larson’s work. But if you’re not, this book is a MUST read.
Summary– Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction
THE WITH OF LIME STREET: SEANCE, SEDUCTION, AND HOUDINI IN THE SPIRIT WORLD
Another great Dollar Tree find, if you ever wondered about how and when seances and the Ouija board became popular, consider this book.
Summary– History comes alive in this textured account of the rivalry between Harry Houdini and the so-called Witch of Lime Street, whose iconic lives intersected at a time when science was on the verge of embracing the paranormal.
VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL
I HIGHLY recommend this book if you are unfamiliar with the events that took place in Chernobyl or would like to hear the stories from the people who lived through it.
Summary– On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl and contaminated as much as three-quarters of Europe. Voices from Chernobyl is the first book to present personal accounts of the tragedy. Journalist Svetlana Alexievich interviewed hundreds of people affected by the meltdown. From innocent citizens to firefighters to those called in to clean up the disaster, their stories reveal the fear, anger, and uncertainty with which they still live.
What do you think? Will you be adding some new titles to your reading list? Guaranteed, these books will help get through summer and straight into fall.
Now tell me what other books are on your reading list in the comments below!
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