Sunday, July 7, 2019
Five Faves -- June 2019
Here are my favorite books from the first month of summer break...
You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac
What seals this one is its setting -- a gorgeous family resort in the French countryside. I liked these characters and rooted for them as they reconciled past with present.
Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand
This one is Hilderbrand's first historical novel and it was great visiting Nantucket in the past (since I've "been there" so many other times more recently) and during such a historic moment (Vietnam, moon launch, Chappaquiddick, Woodstock on the horizon). I just loved Kate's family and want to check in on them again in future summers. Teared up at the beginning and the end.
For Everyone by Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds is a YA author with whom I was unfamiliar, but this book was featured at Joseph Beth Bookstore when I was visiting Cincinnati and so I picked it up. Short but powerful ... truly a title for everyone who needs inspiration and motivation to keep going, keep dreaming, keep creating, keep doing. Just loved it.
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
I've read so many books that reference Bridget Jones's Diary on the cover blurbs that have been so very, very disappointing. Finally, a book that is worthy of the comparison! Humor and heart. Strong friendships. A heroine you can really care about and root for. The Flatshare also tackles some serious topics in addition to its very endearing love story. Thoroughly satisfying.
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
Two families whose lives intersect over several decades -- love, challenges, changes, and, especially, forgiveness.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren -- super fun and funny summer read!
Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane -- slow but lovely story about nurturing friendships
Into the Woods by Tana French -- my first Dublin Murder Squad book, won't be my last
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay -- fresh start story featuring books and friendships