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My Summer Book List 2019
I love to read. I can curl up and hours go by as I’m lost in the story. Yup, give me a good book that grabs me from the start and I’m a goner. Give me a beach/pool deck/comfy chair/soft bed and a few minutes before bed will stretch to 3 hours if I’m not careful. Sigh.
Walking through the isles of Barnes and Noble, trolling online and the book section of grocery stores and Target has been a wonderful way to get ideas for my book list for this summer. One author leads to another, and well, one good cover leads to another, and my list grows longer. I guess I have enough reads for months but I’ll pair it down to be attainable. Here’s My Summer Book List of 2019 (I’ve already read some…they were so good I’m recommending them on to you)
There are lots of ways to get your reading fix in. There’s something about being around a pool or at the beach that I want to have a book in my hand. I have downloaded a lot to my iPad but, mine (which is old) will overheat in the sun. It’s my understanding that using Kindle Paperwhites you can read in any types of light, including sunlight.
My next favorite has become my iPhone. I love to download books and listen to them as I run in the morning, walk and especially drive. It’s a treat to get in the car and even on short trips to the store, listen to my current book. Not all books are available for download and most libraries have a limit each month (I have several library cards) There are also programs like Audible that you pay each month and get a certain amount of books. I did a post about that if you want to check it out or you can check this site to compare other options. Let’s get to the books.
My Summer Book List 2019
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
- The Island Villa by Lily Graham.
When Charlotte’s husband James tragically dies, he leaves her an unexpected gift – her grandmother’s beautiful villa, Marisal, on the Spanish island of Formentera.
- The Inheritance by Heidi Hostetter.
If you like the Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow, you’ll love Inlet Beach.When three sisters arrive to claim the oldest house in town for themselves, you can bet the residents of this tiny beach community will have something to say about it
- The Hurricane Season by Lauren Denton
A poignant and heartfelt tale of sisterhood, motherhood, and marriage, Hurricane Season deftly examines the role that coming to terms with the past plays in creating a hopeful future.
- That Month In Tuscany by Inglath Cooper
If you had told me I would be heading off to Italy to celebrate my twenty-year anniversary without my workaholic husband, or that I would end up getting drunk on the plane ride over and falling on the lap of the rock star my daughter has a poster of hanging in her dorm room, I would have said oh, sure, right.
- The Memory House by Rachel Hauk
When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever.
- The Summer House by Jenny Hale
Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.
- A Spark of Light by Jody Picoult
The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage
- The Summer Cottage by Susan Kietzman
Helen Street spent every summer of her childhood at her family’s cedar-shake cottage on Long Island Sound. The youngest of four, she shared her mother Claire’s athletic genes and relished the orchestrated games and competitions that filled those warm, endless days. Unlike her older siblings—fiery Charlotte, ambitious Thomas, middle-child Pammy—Helen rarely felt the pressure of her mother’s high expectations.
- Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell
When Mimi first visits her dad’s new home in the Cotswolds, she quickly falls in love with Goosebrook and its inhabitants. (Well, maybe not rude Henrietta, who lets Mimi walk miles in the rain rather than give her a lift.) There’s Paddy, with his flashing eyes and seductive charm. Friendly and funny Lois makes her laugh. And seriously gorgeous Cal is welcoming and charismatic. Mimi would be more than happy to return to Goosebrook if it means bumping into him again…
- We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds
- The Woman I was Before by Kerry Fisher
Kate Jones is running away. She has left her old life behind, changing both her own name and her daughter’s. No-one must ever connect Kate with the mistake that destroyed her life
- Only Summer by Rachel Cullen
From the beaches of Cape Cod to the manicured lawns of Westchester to the steamy streets of Manhattan, summer is the time for clambakes, sunbathing at the country club and sunset drinks at exclusive rooftop bars. However, for Sabrina, Molly, Heather and Megan, this summer is when their lives unravel, and they have no one to blame but themselves.
- Send Down Rain by Charles Martin
Allie’s second husband is killed tragically when his 18-wheeler crashes into the rocks near their home in Cape San Blas–the tanker was full of fuel and the explosion could be seen on overhead satellites. She’d already lost the beloved waterfront restaurant her parents started and now losing her husband, no matter how unfulfilling their marriage was, might just push her over the edge.
- The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
An unforgettable love story, a novel about past mistakes and betrayals that ripple throughout generations, The Guest Book examines not just a privileged American family, but a privileged America. It is a literary triumph
- The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of American history
- The Storyteller’s Secret by Seja Badeni
Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.
- The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
The Bird children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating it tears them apart. Many years later something will call them home, back to the house they grew up in – and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.
- The Favorite Daughter by Patty Callahan Henry
Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a wedding-day betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home—until she learns of her dad’s failing health.
Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs the family’s Irish pub and has borne the burden of his sisters’ rift. While Alzheimer’s slowly steals their father’s memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and in photographs. As his secret past brings Lena’s own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.
- Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she’s been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family’s cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.
Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother’s early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . . but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.
I wonder if I’ll get enough time to even get through a few more of these. I’ve already listened to Where the Crawdads Sing and Every Breath and they were both really good. Hope you can carve out some great reading (or listening time!)
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