Summer Reading 2022

Okay, I am including the books I’ve read this summer with short likes/dislikes. This is just for fun…I’m not receiving any sort of compensation for my reviews. Enjoy!

I started this book over a weekend in May, while camping, and finished it on the Monday after returning home. I’d been reading The Outlander series so this was a nice break and a quick and easy read. Suspenseful to the end, I really like the author’s writing style. If you want something that’ll hook you pretty quickly, this is good choice. 

This book was full of mystery and beautiful description. I loved the magical elements and truly felt transported to another place. It was a lovely read, albeit a little slow at times and easy to see what was coming.

I started this book while en route to NYC with my daughters. I read a little each night before bed and was utterly transfixed. It was really well done and I chose the perfect time to read it. A little historical fiction always makes me happy when traveling.

This one was fun. Thriller with a cooky cast of characters that reads sort of like a whodunnit. And I like any book set in Paris, so there’s that. I enjoyed it, but would have liked more Paris setting description. It sort of focuses on one particular place and the characters don’t venture far from there. But it was enjoyable.

My husband was working late one night, so I started this book to pass the time while I waited for him. I was completely hooked from page 1. And quickly fell in-love with this author’s style. Set in Sri Lanka and San Francisco, this thriller has everything I look for in a good story: strong plot, well-developed characters, setting description that transports the reader, AND twists and turns that I did not see coming. Highly recommend!

Started this book en route to Mexico! Again, I was hooked from the very start. I love this author and have read several of her historical fiction novels related to the wives of Hemingway. This one is completely different since it’s a thriller. BUT…I was pleasantly surprised. Her style is great and narrative technique really helped me invest in the story and feel like I was in these places with these characters. One of my favorite reads of the summer, for sure!

Let’s start by saying that Jack Kerouac is NOT for everybody. His style is unique and narrative can feel disjointed at times. But I personally am a fan of this. I started this book that I had not yet read while on vacation. After about 1/3 of the way in, I decided it was not the best poolside read. Kerouac is rather cynical and philosophical, which I love though don’t prefer while relaxing on vacation. I did decide to finish once returning home and decided I really like the book.

Ahhhh. Now to my favorite summer read, thus far. This book was a joy, from start to finish. THE BEST summer/vacation read. Charming, beautiful scenery and food descriptions, interesting plot that felt sort of magical, all while exploring themes of grief, mother/daughter relationships, marriage. Loved everything about this story and wish I could forget it all and start it over. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Started “The Jane Austen Society” en route home from Mexico & finished it in a few days. It’s a lovely book, although a little slow in the beginning. But it hooks you if you’re patient. If you’re an Austen fan, you will love it. If you’re not, maybe not the book for you.

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