With less than month left until Labor Day weekend, the end of the summer is the perfect time to kick back, relax and dive into new books. If you are a book lover or if you are simply looking for some good reads to end this summer, we have some great recommendations that will propel your love for the written word, fiction or non-fiction, to the next level.
1. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
This delicious tale of showgirl life in the 1940’s is a fun and romping adventure. It is light-hearted but not frivolous, a period story that is equally a love story to New York as it is for women of that decade. Spiked with lust, scandal and most of all fun — this is another novel from Gilbert you won’t want to put down.
2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The dialogue and comedy in The Rosie Project is so rich and sharp that its nearly unbelievable to think that it was Graeme Simsion’s debut novel. The story centers around a socially inept scientist who’s tone dead to irony and his quest in finding a wife. It’s an utterly winning screwball comedy that’s quick-paced and will keep you on your toes. Sony pictures are currently developing the book into a movie so hurry up and read this before the movie comes out!
3. Limelight by Amy Poeppel
Speaking of brilliant dialogue, Amy Poeppel’s Limelight shines with darling hilarity. It’s a story of a Dallas mom who unwittingly becomes a personal-assistant to a tantrum-prone pop start heartthrob. Poepell gives the readers a backstage look at how Broadway musicals are made from the first table read to opening night. It is written heaps of humor and just as much heart.
4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
While this book is not recent — it catches the spirit of summer in its whip-smart, divinely funny narrative. When the mother of an eccentric family leaves mysteriously, the family is left wondering where she went. A little bit of mystery with a ton of comedy, Semple has managed to spin her wit, perspective and imagination into a glorious family adventure.
5. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Gail Honeyman’s debut novel sings with heart. The central character of Eleanor has an urgently, insistent authenticity that captures the core of what it feels like to be lonely. The novel is at once both hilarious and heart-breaking, ultimately exploring how a simple act of kindness can make a world of difference.
6.The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
This book is as surprising as it is moving. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances. It follows the life of a recent book shop-owning widower, A.J. Fikry and a baby that was mysteriously left in his shop. It is a delightful book that will make you wish you were reading it with a box of tissues.
7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Now a major blockbuster of the same title, if you haven’t read Crazy Rich Asians yet, then you really should catch up. It is an outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families. The gossip, backbiting, and scheming is just the cherry on top of the richly-painted world that Kwan created.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you have any other recommendations for summer reading? Please let us know.
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