Top Five Summer Reads

IMG_1846“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” – Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle

Summer is such a wonderful season for reading.  Even with work, classes, or whatever activities occupy your time, there is an atmosphere of relaxation.  After we have fulfilled our daily obligations we can enjoy the beautiful weather, breathe in the fresh air, and be very thankful that the winter is well behind us.  When I think of great summer reads I think of page-turning stories that you can’t help but get lost in.  These are my favourite summer reads from my virtual bookshelf:

1. 300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson
In order to get away from career and relationship troubles, Joanna decides to embark on a trip to Faro, Portugal where she meets Nathan, a man in search of information on a kidnapping that occurred decades ago.  Nathan asks Joanna for her help with his investigation due to her background in journalism.  Their search leads them to a book that was sold as a work of fiction but in truth may hold the answers they are looking for.  A total page-turner that brings the sights and sounds of Portugal to life.

2. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Finding herself stuck and lost in life, twenty-nine year old Hannah Martin moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles, determined to turn her life around.  Upon her return, her best friend Gabby throws her a welcome home party where Hannah runs into her high school love, Ethan.  As Gabby is set to leave the party, Hannah has the choice of either going home with Gabby or staying out later with Ethan.  As we all know, choices have consequences. The book splits into two timelines showing us what happens with each scenario.  A fascinating look into how one choice can affect the entire course of a person’s life.

3. It’s Not Me It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane
When Delia Moss discovers that her boyfriend of ten years has been unfaithful, her life takes a turn she never expected.  A new city, a new adventure, and a new discovery of who she is and what she wants in life. This book is fun and oh so smart.

4. The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
Hypnotherapist Ellen finally feels like she has met a great guy, Patrick, a single-father and widower.  Everything seems to click and is going well, however there is one slight catch.  You see, Patrick has a stalker, his ex-girlfriend Saskia.  An obsessed ex-girlfriend definitely affects things.  It’s a very interesting, character-driven story in which we see through both Ellen and Saskia’s perspective.

5. I’ll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable
Annie becomes fascinated with a mysterious book about the Duchess of Marlborough and embarks on a search to learn more about the book and the people within it.  The book travels back and forth in time, from the English countryside to the streets of Paris, following Annie’s search along with flashbacks to the events that occurred as the author of the mysterious book was writing the story of the infamous Duchess.  A sweet and heartwarming story with endearing characters.

Enjoy the lovely weather and escape into a great story.  What are your favourite summer reads? 🙂

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