Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My Summer Reading List

Today, I am participating in Top Ten Tuesday at the Broke and the Bookish.  The task is to list the Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List:

Cheri and the Last of Cheri by Collette.  In July, I’ll be taking part in the Paris in July challenge over at Thyme for Tea, so some of the selections on my list are for this challenge, starting with these two novels by Collette about a forbidden love affair between a young man and a sophisticated older woman.

The Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty.  This is going to be the summer that I use my Kindle more!  I’ve downloaded this British psychological thriller about a man and a woman who have a passionate affair that ends with the two of them in the Old Bailey.  And one of them is accused of murder.

The Awakening of Miss Prim: A Novel  by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera.  This international bestseller is about a young woman who moves to a remote French village to work as a librarian where she finds challenges and love.

The Beach House by Jane Green.  This is the story of Nan Powell, an eccentric 65 year old widow, with limited funds who decides to open her Nantucket home to boarders.  I chose this books strictly as a beach read.

Euphoria by Lily King.  The reviews have been great for this novel about three anthropologists in 1930’s New Guinea.  One of the characters is loosely based on Margaret Mead.

Her by Harriet Lane.  Lane’s first novel, Alys, Always, became one of my favorite books of last year.  She is an amazing writer, and I can’t wait to read this book which looks equally intriguing.

The Sun King by Nancy Mitford.  I love reading books about or by one of the Mitford sisters, and this book has been gathering dust on my bookshelf for too long.  I’ve read some of Nancy Mitford’s fiction, but I’ve never read any of her non-fiction.  The Sun King looks like an interesting and informative look at King Louis XIV at Versailles.

The Last Time I Saw You by Eleanor Moran.  This novel deals with the complex friendship between Olivia Berrington and her friend Sally and what happens when Olivia gets a call to tell her Sally has died in a car accident.

Summer in the Country by Edith Templeton.  This novel, having been compared to a Turgenev comedy, takes place in Bohemia.  It tells the story of the resourceful Birk family who live in Castle Kirna and about the visit of their eccentric summer guests.  I’m looking forward to reading this book is spite of the ghastly cover art.

Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton.  Catherine, divorced and with grown children, decides to make a new start.  She buys a house in the Cevennes mountains of France.  I’ve read the first fifty pages, and this story looks like it will be the perfect summer read.

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