Summer is here so its time for my yearly summer reading recommendations! Last year I wrote up a list of book recommendations and it was one of my most popular posts of 2017 – to read that post – go here.
I’ve compiled a new list of summer reading recommendations based on some great books I’ve read in the past few months (details below). So, kick your feet up on a pool loungechair, or nestle into the warm sand on the beach and pick up one of these reads. Enjoy!
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The Women in the Castle
If you read my book recommendations last year, then it will come as no surprise that I have some more WWII-themed novels on this year’s list. The first book on my list is The Women in the Castle. This book is written from the perspective of three women living in post-WWII Germany. I enjoyed this novel immensely, primarily because the perspective was so unique. Never before had I thought so much about what it must have been like for the survivors of Germany’s defeat and for the thousands of men and women who had to face the shame, and guilt and reality of the horrors of the war. After I read this book I had the good fortune to visit the SF MOMA – seeing the post war German artist section of the museum was so moving after reading this book.
The Orphan’s Tale
The Orphan’s Tale is another story that takes place during WWII. Again, the unique perspective of this story is why I’ve put it on this list. This book tells the somewhat historical story of a circus that traveled throughout war-torn Europe. The story focuses on two different women, each with a past and secrets, and their plight to survive and protect the people they love.
Red Sparrow Series
This book isn’t “new” – but the third installment was recently published in the Red Sparrow trilogy. I am not really a “spy novel” kind of reader but I really like the Red Sparrow series. (I didn’t watch the movie so I can’t say how it differs from the books). The author is a former CIA officer and his characters come to life so fully on the pages that it is hard to put these books down at night. If you are looking for a page turner and don’t mind some cringeworthy mature content and some violence, check these books out.
Alex & Eliza
Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ll know that books and theater about Andrew Hamilton’s life are all the rage. This sweet and easy read is a fictional take on Andrew Hamilton’s love story with his wife. Billed as a “young adult” read, its clean and breezy beach reach that you could finish in a weekend. After reading a few heavy WWII books, this was a great palate cleanser, if you will.
Well, there you have it I hope that you enjoy these books. I would love to hear some of your favorites. Comment below!