The days are longer, the sun is brighter and in South Florida, the humidity is through the roof. It’s summer, and summer reading isn’t just a school assignment. In between dips in the pool or the ocean, these books are what we’re reading to make the days pass a little faster.
Kristin Hannah’s 2015 novel takes the reader to occupied France through the point of view of two sisters who see the world very differently, but come to realize they have much more in common than they previously would have realized. A wonderfully written and powerful story that explores what bravery, heroism, and family mean when the world you know is turned upside down. PS – we’d wager this ends up adapted as a Jennifer Lawrence movie sooner than later.
For some reason, this Kurt Vonnegut novel is often overlooked despite being frequently quoted. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is a fanciful tale in the classic style of Vonnegut that explores what wealth and greed can do to people on both extremes of the socio-economic spectrum. A quick read that is well worth the time, this funny and outrageous novel is a must read.
Donna Tart’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel is, in many ways, the perfect modern American novel. It follows a young New Yorker on his “quest” to protect and preserve the classic painting The Goldfinch. Tart’s gem seamlessly intertwines thoughtful social commentary, a whimsical coming of age tale, and a page turning thriller, resulting in a novel that thoroughly entertains. The Goldfinch is an epic that is well worth the time to read.
June marks the 20th anniversary since the original Harry Potter novel was published. In that time, Mr. Potter has conquered print, film, and our imagination. The sixth installment of the series remains our favorite novel. It introduces the distinctive and memorable elements to the series that truly set Harry Potter apart. While the preceding novels are wonderful as well, it isn’t until Horcruxes, Harry’s quest, and a shocking betrayal are introduced in this installment that Harry Potter’s wizarding world truly becomes unforgettable. Whether it’s the first time or the fifth time, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the perfect summer read.
Viet Than Nguyen’s epic won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and this stream of consciousness novel explores many thought provoking elements of what it means to be American, and an outsider. This espionage novel is presented as a written confession by the nameless narrator and it explores the difficult divide that existed for Asian Americans within the United States during the 60’s and 70’s. Certain elements of the novel seem particularly relevant in the increasingly tense climate around immigration from countries presently perceived to be at odds with the American vision.