By Stacey DuFord

Summer reading season is finally here!  There’s nothing I love better than taking my kids to the pool so I can get some reading done.  (Mom, why don’t you ever get in the water?!)  If you’re looking for some suggestions for vacation reading, here are my picks.  Please let me know what you’re reading in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Astonish Me: A Novel by Maggie Shipstead  is the irresistible story of Joan, a young American dancer, who helps a Soviet ballet star defect in 1975.

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia – A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from a hotel room that was the site of a famous crime. 

Bittersweet: A Novel by Miranda Beverly-Whitmore – On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her beautiful blue-blooded roommate and invitedl to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage in Vermont.

But Enough About Me by Jancee Dunn is the story of an outsider who couldn’t quite bring herself to become an insider and introduces readers to a hysterical, lovable real-life heroine.

The Weight of Blood: A Novel by Laura McHugh is a compelling exploration of the meaning of family: the sacrifices we make, the secrets we keep, and the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love.

Lost Cat by Caroline Paul is the story of the author’s quest to discover what her cat did when she wasn’t around.

The Divorce Papers: A Novel by Susan Rieger is the story of a very messy, very high-profile divorce and the endearingly cynical young lawyer dragged into handling it.

The Goldfinch:A Novel by Donna Tartt is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel by Jonathon Tropper is a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.

These should get you started.




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