My Summer Reads (so far)

Whenever I read a good book, I have to share. Here are a few that I enjoyed so far this summer. Maybe you’ll like them, too.

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
In the early 1940s, a wealthy French industrialist commissions an architect to design hiding places for Jews inside palatial homes around Paris. Great characters, plot, and subplots. How far would you go to save your neighbor?

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
A story of survival about a young girl who moves to the Alaskan bush with her crazy father and submissive mother. Rich description of the beauty and brutality of Alaska.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A reclusive British woman with an unfortunate past and a quirky personality finds friendship in unlikely places. Comical scenes and dialogue, with a twist at the end.

Educated by Tara Westover
Memoir about a young girl living with a dysfunctional family in isolated Idaho. Without any formal education or socialization, she rises to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. This is a story of courage and survival.

What books do you recommend?

Favorite Books of 2017

Here’s a list of memorable books I read this year. Maybe you’ll enjoy one or two.

Fiction

Mercury by Margot Livesey – if you love horses and family drama
The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink – if you appreciate art and intrigue
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline – if you appreciate art and the Maine coast
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – if you’re patient and like quirky characters

If you’re wondering what really happened and who’s involved:
The Dinner
by Herman Koch
The Couple Next Door by Shari LaPena
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

South of Broad by Pat Conroy – for fans of Conroy, his characters, and Charleston
The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve – one of Shreve’s better novels with a strong female protagonist
Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford – historical fiction set among 1909 Seattle World’s Fair
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman – endearing story about unlikely relationships

Nonfiction

Rosemary by Kate Clifford Larson – eye-opening story about the hidden Kennedy daughter
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance – growing up poor in the Rust Belt
Ma Speaks Up by Marianne Leone – if you relate to the loving and demonstrative Italian way of life

What book do you recommend?