Summer Reading - 2017

Beach, Porch, Ocean Air - Chic Lit Reading List

The vacation spell is upon the land.   The idea of a holiday varies from one person to another.  For some, the idea of sitting outside enjoying the beautiful ocean, relaxing by a pool and sipping a cold cocktail is sublime.  After months of stress, a relaxing respite is indeed a gift.  For others a sabbatical from everyday life includes a jam packed day of activities culminating in an appointed dinner date with more adventures planned for later.  Either way works perfectly well for the vacation bound travelers hopefully on the same page.   Of course, a good book is definitely a must for vacationers heading to any destination.   The need for reading material is imperative for flying, (you do not want to be Putty from Seinfeld with nothing to do on a plane but stare ahead or hope the passenger adjacent will be a chatty Cathy),  down moments and definitely for beach time.  It was noticed recently that the hard copy or soft copy of a book reigns supreme over technical gadgets.  This is probably due to the ease of flipping back and forth between pages, not worrying about water splatters and lotion hands cements the constant reminder of  the ease of use with a bound book. For instance, saving beach chairs or racing to the ocean, then back to the pool only to flop down onto the chaise lounge without worrying about anyone taking a technical object of value.   Additionally, sitting in the backyard or on a porch or on the couch with a good piece brings moments of joy. Nothing is better than reading a fast paced, interesting filled and touching fictional novel.    Learning about a foreign land, hometown and or a vibrant new culture is a delight to the mind and creates critical thinking. Jump for joy and get ready for a fun-filled summer heatwave.

Picks for Summer Reading

Romantic & Suspenseful

I.  Cocoa Beach: A Novel by Beatriz Williams - (All her books are 4 1/2 stars on Amazon):  Williams novels are entertaining, interesting, historical, and entwined with love stories between the players.   This reader has enjoyed A Hundred Summers, The Secret Life of Violet Grant and Along the Infinite Sea.   Thus, looking forward to opening this just released book about Virgina Fortescue in sunny Florida filled with juicy suspense, romance with twists and turns after WWI. Can't wait to sit by a pool and delve into this lush, citrus grove and white sands tale.

"The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach."

"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.  They are the destination, and the journey. They are home."  - Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life


Did you read "Crazy, Rich Asians?" Soon to be a motion picture! Or "China Rich Girlfriend"?  Here is the third book in the series. 

II.  Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan -  (4 1/2 Stars Amazon):   Jealousy, betrayal, oodles of fashion, heirlooms with crazy twists and turns.  Can't wait to open the pages and continue the saga of Nicholas Young, Astrid Leong, Charlie Wu, Kitty Pong and so many others. Kwan's tales are witty, interesting, fascinating and guaranteed a superb summer read.

“Kevin Kwan has done it again. The mastermind behind the delicious Crazy Rich Asians series has drawn a cult-like following with his extravagant tales of Asia’s upper echelon. He’s back at with the series’s final installment, Rich People Problems (rest assured, it’s just as enthralling as the trilogy’s first two volumes).” –Isabel Jones, InStyle 
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"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading."  - William Styron, Conversations with William Styron


Love Story - Choices Made

IV.  The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo (4 1/2 Stars Amazon):  The tale looks intriguing based on two characters Lucy and Gabe meeting after September 11, 2001.  It is a love story about choices made in life with lasting repercussions.  A love story for the ages. Curling up with this story on a deck with a cocktail is indeed enticing.

“It’s the epic love story of 2017.”—Redbook

“Extraordinary.”—Emily Giffin

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

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"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." - Lemony Snicket, Horseradish


Strong Women & Family Secrets

Summer's Hot Novel

IV.  The Forever Summer by Amy McFadden - (4 1/2 Stars Amazon):  The reviews for this number scream maximum delight infused entertainment. Everything needed for a summer beach or pool read.  The story line with lead character Marin Bishop who played by the rules, has career, and is engaged to handsome fianc√© only to have her world turned upside down is intriguing.  Takes place on coastal New England with all the beauty and charm of Cape Cod and with three generations of women. Looks like a definite page turner.

"Summer book lovers: start your engines and put this at the top of your Beach Reads list."―Barnes & Noble Reads

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"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C.S. Lewis


Historical Fiction - Queen Anne

V. Anne Boleyn - A Kings Obsession by Alison Weir (Six Tudor Queens) (4 1/2 Stars Amazon): Weir is an exceptional historical biography writer now bringing people to life through works of historical fiction.  This novel delves into the trials and tribulations of Anne Boleyn a pawn in the world of power by her family to marry the King of England. Boleyn is clever, witty, a head of her time all the while being a femme fatale for King Henry VIII.  Which as history portrays leads this dynamic young woman to a hideous finale.   Cannot wait to read the spin on this long ago tale from a fresh perspective.

Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession is beautifully written, exquisitely detailed, and gives readers a more down-to-earth picture of the often maligned Anne. . . . Don’t miss this series.”Romance Reviews Today

“[Weir] explores Anne’s influences and motivations, creating a multifaceted portrait of an ambitious woman who reluctantly accedes to Henry’s courtship and later acts out of desperation to protect herself and her daughter, Elizabeth. Even readers who know Anne’s story well should gain insights from this revealing novel.”Booklist

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Reading opens the mind, fills the soul and emphasizes the frailty and strength of the human condition.  The circle of life throughout history continues to keep on repeating with love, hate, jealousy and everything chaotic taking center stage.  Take time off this summer and enjoy the fruits of labor with a chic lit novel to escape, relax and enjoy glorious summer.   When finished with these tales - let me know what you think?

Happy Summer!  Happy Reading Trails! 

"The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  - Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

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