Summer is Busy, You Guys

When this summer began, I had such high hopes. I would read, I would write, I would travel across America, and I would enjoy the life God has given me. Well, I have been reading, and I have been traveling, and I have been enjoying life, but what I haven’t been doing is writing!

Because I love you guys, I thought I’d check in to see what you’ve been reading lately. And, because I know we are all looking for our next good read, I want to quickly recommend a few titles from my summer so far. Let me know in the comments what I should put on my reading list for August.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. If you thought confinement in a Moscow Hotel meant your world would shrink, Count Alexander Rostov would prove you wrong. If you thought a book about a Russian count who is under a house (or rather, hotel) arrest spanning decades would be boring, Amor Towles will prove you wrong. I enjoyed every moment spent in the Metropol Hotel, and I think you will too. (P.S. Amor Towles other book Rules of Civility is entertaining, but has a decided R rating for sex, drinking, and foul language. I’d give Gentleman a PG-13 rating.)

The Line Between by Tosca Lee. An apocalyptic novel at its very best. Wynter Roth escapes from a doomsday cult only to find that the end of the world may very well be upon us. A deadly disease emerges from the melting permafrost and sweeps across America devouring everyone unlucky enough to encounter it. I read this book in a single afternoon because I couldn’t put it down. My family was lucky to get dinner that night. If you’re looking for a book that could be ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, look no further!

In the Shadow of Agatha Christie by Various Authors. A collection of short detective stories (by which I mean, of course, that the stories are short, not the detectives) all penned by female authors. As a rule, I love anthologies and give this one two thumbs up! Agatha Christie fans will not be disappointed.

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell. If you’re looking for a new middle grade series to love, Emmy’s your girl. In this trilogy, Emmy struggles to understand why her schoolmates seem to ignore her, and just what nasty business her nanny is up to. Oh yeah, and she finds she can talk to rats. This book delighted me, and has my 11yo’s stamp of approval as well.