Every summer, I try to read as much as possible. Sitting by the lake with a good book is one of my absolute favourite things to do. We are so digitally plugged in all the time, I relish the moments I can get lost in a great novel. I’ve read some wonderful books this summer, so I’m sharing my three favourites that you should add to your reading list too.
Mrs Everything – Jennifer Weiner
My Take: You probably recognize the author from her best selling novels ‘In her Shoes’ and ‘Good in Bed.’ I picked this one up because it was set in 1950’s Detroit, which we would be visiting for the day while on holiday in Southern Ontario. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Although it deals with some tough subject matter, the character are so endearing and its incredible well written. I couldn’t put it down.
The Story: Mrs Everything centers around two sister, Jo and Bethie growing up in a seemingly picture perfect setting. Jo is a tomboy who attends protests and wants to make the world a better place. Bethie is the girl next door who expects to lead a very traditional life. As the story unfolds, Jo and Bethie’s lives go in very different directions. Each section spans a different decade, asking the question, Do we change or does the world change us? It’s a look at women’s rights and the liberation movement. There might be moments that make you uneasy, or even angry, but that’s the whole point. I laughed, I cried, I thought about my own life, and all the women before me and what they have had to give up. It reminded me how far we’ve come, and how much further we still have to go.
I Owe You One – Sophie Kinsella
My Take: I read Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series when I was 12, and it was the first time I really enjoyed a book and read it from cover to cover in a few short days. I’ve read many of Sophie Kinsella’s books since. They’re always light, easy to read stories, often set in London. This was the perfect lakeside read, and although it isn’t my favourite of her books, it was a lovely story.
My favourite book by Sophie Kinsella is ‘Can you keep a secret’ which I just found out is being made into a movie!
The Story: I Owe You One is a story of two strangers, Fixie and Seb, who meet in a coffee shop. Seb asks Fixie to please watch his laptop, before there is a ceiling mishap. Fixie saves Seb’s laptop from the water cascading from the ceiling, to which Seb says I owe you one. The two do a series of favours for each other: big, small, life-saving and life-changing. Fixie get’s her nickname from always needing to fix something, which often leads to her friends and family taking her for granted. This sweet story follows these two as they find various ways to owe each other one.
Where’d you go Bernadette – Maria Semple
My Take: I’ve been wanting to read this ‘runaway best seller’ for a few years and it was wonderful! I read it in a week. It’s a delightfully light and funny story about loosing yourself, and finding your way back. It’s written through various correspondence of Bernadette, her neighbours, and her fifteen year old daughter, Bee. The movie of this book has just been released with Cate Blanchett playing Bernadette, which I can not wait to catch this one in theatres.
The Story: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is her best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette vanishes.
It all begins when Bee gets straight A’s on her report card, and the family begins to plan a family trip to Antarctica as her reward. But as the travel date gets closer, Bernadette starts to freak out, and ultimately disappears. Bee begins to pieces together what happened by compiling emails and documents in order to locate her. It’s a surprisingly touching novel about misplace genius and the love between a mother and her daughter.
What’s on your reading list? I need something new!
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