Now that summer’s finally here, chances are you’re going to have some extra time to dig into a few good books as you lounge on the beach or sit around the cottage. And with the invention of e-book readers, it’s easier than ever to take all the books you might want to read with you wherever you go. Whether you’re on the hunt for an easy read or one you can really sink your teeth into, we hope a few of these books make it onto your wireless reader this summer.
And with the invention of e-book readers, it’s easier than ever to take all the books you might want to read with you wherever you go. Whether you’re on the hunt for an easy read or one you can really sink your teeth into, we hope a few of these books make it onto your wireless reader this summer.
Drama and suspense
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Thanks to the HBO TV show Game of Thrones, this incredible book series on which the show is based has surged in popularity — and for good reason. The series is set in a mythical world where a variety of families and individuals are all vying for supreme power. You’ll find a little bit of everything in these books — from mystery, suspense and drama, right through to humour and romance. Each chapter is told from a different character’s perspective, so there’s never time to get bored — there’s only time to turn the page and get on to the next exciting storyline. Five of the seven books George R.R. Martin has planned for the series have already been released, so you have lots of great reading ahead of you.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
In Brain on Fire, New York Post journalist Susannah Cahalan tries to piece together the month she lost to her then-mysterious illness that made her behave in all manner of bizarre and uncharacteristic ways. With video footage, the retellings of her family and friends and her own brief recollections, she tells the terrifying tale of how she lost herself to an unknown illness and the journey to bring her back. This almost unbelievable story will have you desperately turning the pages to discover just what caused this mystery to take place.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
This is a mystery story unlike any other, as it’s told from the perspective of an autistic 15-year-old. When Christopher Boone discovers his neighbour’s poodle dead, he decides to solve the crime in the fashion of his favourite detective, Sherlock Holmes. Along the way, he makes certain discoveries he had in no way expected. The sympathetic and intriguing principal character and his unique way of viewing the world make for a compelling read.
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Easy reads for lots of laughs
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
David Sedaris’ newest book makes for another hilariously entertaining read. Most of the book is told in his usual autobiographical, short-story style, but, never one to shy away from surprises, he throws in some wild bits told through the lenses of other characters as well. Unbelievably witty, jovially self-deprecating, cleverly observational and brilliantly original, Sedaris’ unique style and sense of humour will entertain you at every turn.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey is not just a hilarious comedienne; she’s also an inspiring lady. In this autobiography, she tells of the many ups and downs on the way to her current career success as well as her honest and relatable views concerning beauty, and she even shares some entertaining anecdotes about romance and motherhood. No matter who you are, you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement and laughing at how easily you can identify with this sassy star.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling quickly shot to popularity through her work on The Office and has since gone on to write, produce and star in her new show, The Mindy Project. This hilarious autobiography is filled with her entertaining observations on work, romance and everything in between.
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Creative explorations of history
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
In this book, Walls tells the true story of her strong-willed grandmother, Lily, and her exciting life spread throughout the United States. A schoolteacher, a farm worker, a rodeo rider, a fierce prejudice fighter and much more, Lily tackled a wide range of challenges throughout her life and never shied away from standing up for herself or doing the right thing. This heartfelt telling of a tough lady making her way through the 1900s makes for an inspirational read.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Told from the perspective of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, The Paris Wife explores the people, places and relationships that surrounded this fascinating couple. You’ll encounter historical figures, such as F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, from a unique perspective, be captivated by the fabulousness of the Roaring ’20s and gain insight into the complexities of the Hemingways’ marriage. If you love English literature, are intrigued by the Jazz Age or simply enjoy an intricate love story, you’ll speed through this one.
Life After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
We all experience moments or events we wish we could change. In this fascinating story, Atkinson takes that desire to a whole new level. Born in the early 20th century, protagonist Ursula Todd lives anything but an “ordinary” life. In fact, she doesn’t even live just one life. Instead, each time she passes away, she is born again with the opportunity to change what happened the last time around. The creative exploration of how Todd must handle her personal challenges as well as the turmoil going on in the world around her throughout the two World Wars will have you engrossed from beginning to end.