Here’s just a list of fun and/or interesting-but-not-tedious reads for long vacation drives and warm summer days. We’ve categorized them (somewhat) for a quick perusal based on reader interest. We hope you’ll find some you enjoy!
Truly, Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty (Genre: Fiction)
Three couples gather for an afternoon barbecue and find their lives permanently altered. So what in the world happened at the barbecue? I (Natalie) couldn’t put down Truly, Madly Guilty until the author answered this question. Moriarty teases out the details in a somewhat maddening, but incredibly suspenseful way. That’s why this is my summer read choice. You won’t be bored reading it by the pool or on the beach.
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloane – Genre: Mystery (see Natalie’s review here – also previewed now by Meg with 2-Thumbs up.)
- The View from Saturday, by E.L.Konigsburg – Genre: Young Adult (YA) – **Newberry Medal Winner
- The Aunt Dimity Series, by Nancy Atherton – Genre: Mystery
- Unwritten, by Charles Martin – Genre: Fiction (bestseller)
- Dawn of Wonder, by Jonathan Renshaw (part of The Wakening series) – Genre: Epic Fantasy
Fiction (that we want to read)
- Bread of Angels, by Tessa Afshar – Genre: Biblical Fiction (see Meg’s review of Land of Silence.)
- Dear Mr. Knightley, by Katherine Reay – Genre: Fiction
- The Life of Elves, by Muriel Barbery – Genre: Historical Fiction / Fantasy
- The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah – Genre: Historical Fiction
- News of the World, by Paulette Jiles – Genre: Historical Fiction as a Prose-Poem; Western
- Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance – Genre: Memoir (Meg’s review coming soon!) **WORLD Magazine Book-of-the-year
- The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, by Tim Keller – Genre: Philosophy/Theology
- Do More Better, by Tim Challies – Genre: Self-improvement
Non-Fiction (that we want to read)
- Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain’s Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII, by Deborah Cadbury – Genre: The title says it all.
- Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill, by Candice Millard – Genre: Action-Adventure Account
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