Sarah's Summer Picks
As a diehard royalist wondering what on earth I should read after finishing the latest season of The Crown, I was so excited to pick this up and see QEII as a crime solver a la Agatha Christie's Miss Marple! Her assistant private secretary adds a whole different perspective and depth to the story that makes it so much more than just a fun mystery story.
I'd never read true crime before and boy did it make me jumpy! I found it very engrossing from the get go - I guess it's that macabre fascination that has made the genre take off in recent years. I appreciated the back and forth between the '60s and present day and found it all very suspenseful. I also thought it was neat to get to see the author's research process and dissection of Harvard culture as well.
As someone who has rekindled their love of baking and cooking during the pandemic, I was so excited to find a book billed as Bake Off meets Downton Abbey! I loved Jennifer's characters and was so excited to lose myself in the world of the British home front during World War II!
I’m not the diehard Outlander fan that this book is marketed to, but I am a diehard fan of Scottish men going on road trips with their best friends and writing about it/filming it (Ewan & Charley) and I’ve desperately missed reading fun travel stories like Anthony Bourdain’s. If you care nothing for Outlander but love Scotland, you will enjoy this book and if you love Outlander already, then yes, you will enjoy this book.
I greatly enjoyed Shady Hollow - it was exactly what I needed to escape the real world for an afternoon. Our heroine, a delightful investigative reporter fox, and her best friend, a whip smart raven who owns a bookstore, are probably two of my new all time favorite characters!
I absolutely loved The Jane Austen Society. As I read, I felt I was walking around Chawton, immersing myself in the world of her colorful inhabitants, surprised by how they handled certain situations, while simultaneously feeling like they were behaving exactly as they should. The plot is intricate and beautifully woven, written by the hand of the master storyteller, it's a great book for Austen lovers and historical fiction lovers alike!
Of Evie Dunmore’s three League of Extraordinary Women books, this one is definitely my favorite. Lucie and Tristan are my favorite couple and I love a good workplace romance. L&T knew each other as kids and through circumstances, end up co-owning a publishing house together. Lucie wants to further the suffragette cause, Tristan wants to keep a certain book in print, tensions rise and steamy romance ensues!
It’s summer which means it’s time for another Jenny Colgan book! Year after year I’m delighted to see how many readers here love her as much as I do! This year we’re going to the fictional island of Mure in the north of Scotland, inspired by my favorite place, the Orkney Islands. There’s family love, romance, adventure, and some of my all time favorite characters, all the hallmarks of a great summer read!
Let's Pretend This Never Happened is the memoir of a not so ordinary woman growing up and living her life by her terms with lots of humor. An instant bestseller when it was first released, Jenny lawson's first memoir has a story in it that just about anyone can relate to. And you love it, try her second book, Furiously Happy, and her latest, Broken, is out in April 2021!
Mary Roach has a near insatiable curiosity – she could probably ask questions endlessly. Her curiosity and journalist instincts makes for a wonderful narrative nonfiction book. Originally I thought Packing for Mars would make the great basis for a movie, but I’ve now realized it can serve as a popular science companion to The Martian, Passengers, and a whole host of other off-world science fiction adventures.
Royals! Baking! Reality TV! Witty characters! Female relationships that pass the Bechdel test! What more could one want from a British rom com? I adored this book and was happy to spend a weekend lost in its pages!
Still Life is the first of my mom’s favorite mystery series. She raves about Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache, and the setting of Three Pines, a small town outside of Montreal. It’s the perfect summer series (the 18th book will be out this year!) and has the accessibility of Agatha Christie but with a more modern approach to society. Beloved by booksellers and bestselling authors alike, if you are looking for a new author to read, you can’t go wrong with Louise Penny!