Archive for the ‘Summer Reading’ Category

Beach House for Rent

August 12, 2017

11 bookI was looking for something light to read and this is perfect. The author, Mary Alice Monroe actually lives in or near the setting of the book, which happens to be the Isle of Palms in South Carolina. (I myself had visited the beautiful island last year during a trip to nearby Charleston. The island is home to a very good harbor/restaurant that offered delicious fresh seafood.) But back to the book… Monroe spins a lovely story of an owner who is looking to rent her Isle of Palms beach house after making repairs. Cara has lost her mother, and misses her greatly. She feels the last remaining piece of her mom in this beach house, so when Cara’s brother, a realtor, comes to persuade her to sell the house/property for a cool million, she is not interested, but agree to think on it. But after receiving an offer by a tenant looking to rent for the entire summer, Cara jumps on the offer, and the house is rented. I am only partly through the story, but am enjoying it and recommend it highly as a great beach read. Monroe is a NY Times best -selling author, and her novel The Beach House will be made into a Hallmark channel movie, premiering next year.

The Fifth Letter

February 7, 2017

bookThe author Nicola Moriarty is the younger sister of best-selling authors Liane (Truly Madly Guilty, etc.) and Jaclyn Moriarty, author of numerous teen novels. Nicola’s newest novel is the story of four friends on vacation: Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina. All have been friends since high school, all are married, and all have children, except for Joni. To spice up the vacation, Joni challenges the others to divulge a secret on paper, and each night they will read one letter aloud. But somehow a fifth letter is written, which Joni rescues from the fireplace one evening after everyone has gone to bed. It is a letter of ill feelings towards one person in the group, which sends Joni into a panic.Who could have possibly written it?

This romance novel is fun and light, a good distraction if you happen to be looking for one…

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast

August 24, 2016

617lsz642xl-_sx258_bo1204203200_5 stars (loved it!). This book spoke to me in many ways. My parents are getting old and much of the trials she has gone through with hers folks aging smacks of my current reality. She puts a funny, but honest spin on a very hard subject, arguably the hardest, with her fantastically expressive drawings and her uncannily familiar-sounding observations. [I have always LOVED Roz Chast’s work in the New Yorker and have felt a kinship with her since I too am an illustrator and we attended the same school, both lived and worked in the city, etc. but I don’t know if I would have read this book if it hadn’t been on the Bingo list as a graphic novel-so thanks!] – 2016 Adult Summer Reading Participant

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

August 19, 2016

206637024 stars (really liked it).  Picking up a book about cremation and death had me thinking it would be a fairly slow read filled with morbid details of how cremation is carried out. While there are some rather detailed descriptions of gruesome scenes, none of these things are presented unless crucial to moving the narrative forward. At its core, this book is a history lesson on the funeral industry and the ways that different cultures choose to deal with death. After reading so much about death, it makes me appreciate the life that I have because we all know that one day it will be our turn for a final farewell. – Adult Summer Reading Participant Tyler H.

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

July 20, 2016

51dkiszi6dl-_sx331_bo1204203200_3 stars (liked it). “Family Tree” is a nice summer read. It has more to it than a romance novel (not that there is anything wrong with them). It touches on all types of family and relationship interactions. Overall it leaves you with a nice warm feeling especially if you like food. – 2016 Adult Summer Reading Participant

Note: This is a review of an Advance Reader’s Edition. Expected Publication Date: August 9, 2016.

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