Summer calls for page-turning reads to get lost in. Whether you are adventuring or enjoying a nice staycation, consider adding these wonderful books to your reading list.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
In The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, a movie legend decides to tell her story to a relatively unknown reporter that she herself chose. What unfolds is a fascinating story of an incredible life, full of high highs and crushing lows, incredible success and painful loss. We learn about Evelyn’s successful career and the seven husbands along the way, while also uncovering a possible connection between the movie star and the reporter chosen for the interview. The result is a gripping tale of ambition and lessons learned along the way, combined with a touch of mystery as the reason for Evelyn’s choice of reporter is revealed.
The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
A charming and entertaining debut from author Joanna Cannon, The Trouble with Goats and Sheeptells the story of a neighbourhood full of secrets. During a summer heatwave in 1976, Mrs. Creasy goes missing without a trace, leading little Grace and Tilly to embark on an investigation to solve the mystery. The disappearance brings up long hidden secrets that many people do not want revealed.
‘He said that Mrs Creasy is officially a Missing Person.’
‘Missing from what?’
Thinking made my feet slower. ‘Her life, I suppose.’
‘How can you be missing from your own life?’
I slowed a little more. ‘Missing from the life you belong in.’
Tilly stopped to pull up her socks. ‘I wonder how you know which one that is.’
The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
Fielding Bliss recounts the summer of 1984, the summer of a scorching heatwave and the year the devil came to the town of Breathed, Ohio. It is Fielding’s father, Autopsy Bliss who puts forth the invitation in a newspaper for the devil to visit.
The response is unexpected and comes in the form of a 13-year-old boy who appears out of nowhere, calling himself Sal (“from the beginning of Satan and the first step into Lucifer. Sa-L.”) and claiming to be the devil. The boy is taken in by Fielding’s family, however as people discover just who Sal claims to be and disastrous occurrences start to take place, the tensions among the townspeople rise along with the heat. The events of the summer of 1984 are ones that will have a longstanding impact on the town of Breathed and young Fielding Bliss.
God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie Debartolo
“When I was twelve, a fortune teller told me that my one true love would die young and leave me all alone. Everyone said she was a fraud, that she was just making it up. I’d really like to know why the hell a person would make up a thing like that.”
These words mark the beginning of Beatrice’s story, one that is as heartfelt as it is heartbreaking. God-Shaped Hole takes us through the relationship between Beatrice and Jacob, two people whose meeting marks the start of a life-changing relationship. They are both broken and insecure in their own ways, having experienced hurt that has affected them as individuals. Their connection is undeniable and together they bond over their love of music, their dislike of Los Angeles, and the desire to start a new life elsewhere. In each other they find a sense of belonging and home, while battling their own insecurities.
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
After the death of her best friend, Suzy sets out to prove that the drowning accident happened as a result of a jellyfish sting. She cannot accept her mother’s explanation that “sometimes things just happen” believing there has to be a reason, and after coming across information about jellyfish, she is sure that is the cause. Through careful research and planning she is determined to prove her theory.
The Thing About Jellyfish is a beautiful story about coping with grief and loss. It is written in a unique and interesting format, with the book split into seven parts, each representing a section of a research paper: purpose, hypothesis, background, variables, procedure, results, and conclusion. We also get flashbacks throughout to Suzy’s time with her best friend Franny and the significant events in their friendship.