Sometimes I think that just by doing “summery” things, I can will summer weather into existence. This usually includes wearing open-toed sandals (and then getting wet feet from rain puddles) and planning barbeques (that frequently get moved indoors). Today I’ve decided to practice this long-standing tradition by creating a summer reading list.
Imagine reading the following eight titles on a big colourful blanket at Bridgeman Park under the hot summer rays, and maybe we can collectively summon the sun together!
(Click on the titles to view the books in our library catalogue).
The Trinity Six, by Charles Cumming
Kirkus Reviews calls this cold war spy novel “an instant classic.” Set in London, the story focuses on the secret identity of the sixth member of the infamous Cambridge Spy Ring.
Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson
A woman who can’t form new memories delves into her past with the help of a neurologist. What she finds out about the horrific accident that caused her memory loss is unnerving, possibly even terrifying. This book has landed on a lot of summer must-read lists.
Beneath a Starlet Sky, by Amanda Goldberg
For the chicklit devotees, this one takes place during the star-studded Cannes Film Festival. Fictional characters apparently rub elbows with real-life celebrities. Sounds good to me!
That Summer in Franklin, by Linda Hutsell-Manning
The Globe and Mail gave this novel by Canadian author Manning a glowing review. It’s the story of two friends who worked as waitresses in a small town hotel in 1955, where a mysterious death occurred. Forty years later, they must deal with its aftermath.
The Snowman, by Jo Nesbø
Did you like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy? Then you should definitely try Nesbø’s books. His latest is a thrilling Scandinavian mystery that is part of a series, but can be read alone. Sure to give you shivers on a hot, steamy day.
Embassytown, by China Miéville
Famous librarian Nancy Pearl highly recommends this sci-fi/fantasy book by the trend-setting, boundary pushing Miéville. A distant future, a colonized planet, aliens with a unique language and human ambassadors who speak it make for an intriguing mind bender.
Stay tuned for a nonfiction summer reading list upon my return from vacation the week of July 12!