Each year Publishers Weekly releases their Summer Reads best book picks for adults and kids.
This year’s picks for adults include:
It’s 2 A.M. In Little America by Ken Kalfus
After the Lights Go Out by John Vercher
Avalon by Nell Zink
Everything I Need I Get From You, How fangirls created the Internet as we know it by Kaitlyn Tiffany
Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark
Fire Season by Leyna Krow
The Island by Adrian McKinty
The Midcoast, by Adam White
She’s Nice Though by Mia Mercado
The Third Person by Emma Grove
The Twilight World by Werner Herzog
Two Wheels Good, The History and Mystery of the Bicycle by Jody Rosen
Their recommended children’s book is The Blur by Minh Le
I hope that by the time summer is over I’ll have read a few of these.
When it comes to reading it seems we all have genres that speak to us, that have an irresistible pull on us. My favorite genre is the mystery or detective novel. But I frequently deviate kand go off in a new direction.
Are you a reader? If yes, what genres do you enjoy? What book are you currently reading?
All of my life I’ve made time to read every day. Now that I’m retired I love the luxury of being able to get inside a good book and just stay there til I’ve finished it.
Bookstores are my kryptonite. I have a total weakness for them. When I travel I’ll visit every bookstore I find and never leave empty handed. I love used bookstores where I can pick up a paperback for 50 cents or a hard cover for $2. I love bookstores that have the newest releases and showcase regional authors.
One of the great thrills of reading is the accidental find of an engaging and compelling book by an author I’ve never read.
In the spring of 2019 I was in a bookstore in Fairhope, Alabama and picked up the newest release by author Louise Penny. I had never read any of her books before and the one I bought was the 15th in her series of Chief Inspector Gamache books. I loved it and was hooked. I quickly went online to my favorite bookseller, Mystery Lover Books in Oakmont, PA, and asked them to order all of the previous Inspector Gamache books for me.
I now sign up to get Penny’s newest releases as soon as they are published. She has a new one coming out at the end of this year, title still not determined, and I can’t wait for it. Penny is one of those authors who is re-readable! This spring I decided to reread all my Inspector Gamache books in chronological order and for weeks I spent my days and nights in the small village of Three Pines with my literary acquaintances Ruth, Clara, Gabri, Olivier, Myrna, Armand, Reine-Marie, Jean-Guy, and Isobel.
Which is another great thing about reading. It transports you from where you are to a new place, new experiences, different times, and fascinating people.
A few summers ago I decided to read everything written by Ayn Rand. I started with Atlas Shrugged (published 1957) and finished with The Fountainhead (published 1943), her two best known works, and should have reversed that order. Rand is not fast, easy reading; but she’s compelling. I could not put these books down.
Her views and writing are still relevant today and have influenced many cultural and business phenomenons. Perhaps Elon Musk is the Hank Reardon of today, the kind of prime mover the world needs. Atlas Shrugged ranks at #20 on the PBS Great American Read list of books you must read.
In 2020 to counter the frustration of being in lock down I decided to read historical novels about WWII when the whole world was on something much worse than a lockdown. I started with Lilac Girls and read Radar Girls, Atomic City Girls, Les Parisiennes, Code Name Helene, and The Light Over London. In each book I learned so much about the lives of women during that era; their horrors, sacrifices, bravery, dangers, selfless deeds and contributions to ending that war.
Wherever you go this summer, even if you just spend the summer at home, I hope you make time to indulge in some good books. You can’t beat traveling from your favorite chair or hammock.
“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”Jhumpa Lahiri
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