The Reading List—August 2021

As we’re coming to the end of the summer, many of us are taking last minute travel trips, camping trips, completing summer classes, and preparing for the Fall.  This year, it looks like the Fall will be much closer to normal than it has been for the past year.  With the variants, fluctuating weather, and smoke, most of us are balancing our time outdoors and indoors.  Regardless of where you are, try one of the recommended reads for the month! Enjoy the remaining summer before we head into the fall!

A Million Things by Emily Spurr

A story about a young girl, Rae, dealing with abandonment.  Rae lives outside Melbourne, Australia, with no one except her dog Splinter.  The story is told from Rae’s perspective and explores why she is living alone and how to conquer loneliness.  Rae tries her best to get through the days and pretends to be a normal child at school.  Rae also hides the truth about her mom, however, everything changes when Rae meets her elderly neighbor.  A must read for fiction fans!

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Calling fans of The Midnight Library! If you loved The Midnight Library, this book is a must read for you! Another book by the same author, How to Stop Time is a story about Tom Hazard that has a dangerous secret.  Despite looking like an ordinary individual, he has a rare condition, he doesn’t age, or more specifically, he does age but at an incredibly slow pace.  As a result, Tom has lived for a long period of time.  However, Tom has another secret, he is not allowed to fall in love.  A story that allows readers to examine what it is like to find yourself, how change can be certainty rather than uncertainty, and what it’s like to fall in love and mistakes all humans will make.  The story is a beautifully written story about learning, growing, and falling in love.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon is a book that examines the coming of age, it explores the lasting impacts of slavery and racism and focuses on the Macon Milkman Dead III and his family.  The book won the National Book Critics Award for Fiction in 1978.  A recommended read for everyone!

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Bringing out one of the classics! For those who have not read any books by Dan Brown, this is a must read! A story that explores Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and how a sudden phone call in the night woke up him.  A curator has been murdered inside a museum and the murder left symbols all over their body.  Robert and a French cryptologist work through the riddles and puzzles to discover the clues hidden inside Leonardo da Vinci to determine the message by the painter and figure out why the curator was murdered.  This book is for all fiction, mystery, and thriller fans!

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory

Calling all romantic comedy fans! A story about dating, work life, and family life and the real issues that persist.  While We Were Dating explores the story of a stunning actress Anna who meets Ben, a gentleman who is not into serious relationships.  Interested in knowing what happens next? Try this recommended read!

Happy summer reading!