This is the first time in years that I’ve actually had time to read at night and the ability to concentrate on what I’m reading. I seem to be swinging between autobiographies and thrillers this year which is a lovely change of pace from the parenting books that have been making up most of my ‘leisure’ reading. Here are a few recommendations from the books I’ve read over the past few months; thank goodness for the library, though I can’t wait until Canadian libraries are Kindle-compatible!
- Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson – I read this thriller in 3 days because I could not put it down. I’m recommending it to everyone who asks for a new book to read. The premise is that Christine was in a terrible accident that has affected her brain so that she cannot create new memories, so every day she wakes up a stranger in her own life. Riveting!
- Stranded by Emily Barr – I’m about 2/3 through this book right now and I can’t figure out how it’s going to end, which I love. A group of strangers take a day trip from their resort and end up stranded on an island. I have a feeling the ending is going to be completely unexpected.
- The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King – part of his amazing Dark Tower series, this is technically book 4.5 but can be read as a stand alone book. I loved the Dark Tower series so this feels like a visit with old friends; one day when I have more free time I am going to reread the whole series (on my Kindle to save my arms, some of the books are huge!).
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – this is actually a young adult novel, which I didn’t realize until I looked at the call number after I’d finished it. Using vintage and a fantasy storyline involving a mysterious island and an abandoned orphanage, this could easily become a great series in the Harry Potter vein.
- Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi – the autobiography of a star that I remember watching disappear on screen and in tabloids; very honest and a compelling read of a person in the depths of a very serious eating disorder.
- Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman – I have a girl crush on The Pioneer Woman (her banana bread and cinnamon bun recipes are to die for and my 4 year old loves to watch her show on the Food Network) so when I realized she’d written the story of how she met, fell in love with and married her Marlboro Man, I had to read it. It’s a true story but it reads like a romance novel and there are a few recipes at the end as a bonus.
- Yes Chef by Marcus Samuelson – the autobiography of my favourite “love to hate” chef, it has actually changed my opinion of him; I may not love him but I do respect him.
What’s on your ‘to read’ or ‘must read’ list this summer?