Start your summer right with some new summer book recommendations!
Summer is here, which means some time by the pool or beach for reading! I have some fantastic summer book recommendations for you! In the last two months I’ve been on the road a lot for both work and fun and have read some books that were nearly impossible to put down. I’m going to continue to add to this list throughout the summer. Enjoy and comment with some of your favorite summer reading recommendations. I am always looking for new books!
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By Martha Hall Kelly
My first summer book recommendation is Lilac Girls. Loosely based on true events, this novel follows three women from New York, Poland and Germany whose lives intersect in World War Two. Each chapter is devoted to a different woman and is told from their perspective. This book delves into the story of a group of women I was not familiar with called the “Ravensbruck Rabbits”. I don’t want to divulge too much, but this story is both heartbreaking and a story of triumph and bravery.
By Kristin Hannah
If you are just going to read one book this summer, read this one! I seriously could not put down this beautiful, moving, and sometimes terrifying book. Another book set in WW2, The Nightingale tells the fictional story (based on true events) of the brave women and men who helped facilitate escape routes out of Paris. The relationships between the characters and the descriptions of France during the wartime is so poignant that I often found myself completely lost in the story. This is a long book, over 500 pages but I devoured it in just two days.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky
By Mark Sullivan
Most of the books and movies about WWII tend to focus on regions like Britain, Germany, France and Russia. Also, there is a lot of content devoted to the South Pacific. Even though Italy was a key player in the war and a strategic ally of the Nazi’s there isn’t a tremendous amount of stories about Italy. This book tells the incredible true story of a boy from Italy whose bravery made a huge difference for the allies.
The Color of our Sky
By Amita Trasi
If you are a fan of the book The Kite Runner, you will enjoy this book. Set in India, the story centers on two girls who come from very different backgrounds. Mutka is a village girl from the lower caste Yellama cult. When she comes of age she must become a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. To escape her fate she is secretly sent to live with a family in the city. The family has a young girl named Tara. The two girls become as close as sisters. One fateful night Mutka disappears. The story centers Mutka’s disappearance, and Tara’s search for her many years later.
I hope you enjoy these reads, please tell me some of your favorites so I can add them to my summer reading list.
Note – These are my own opinions and this post is not sponsored. I linked each photo to Amazon, if you do end up purchasing, I’ll receive a small percentage referral fee.