There are few fantastic titles worthy of summer lounging fun. A good summer read needs to be engaging, kind of easy breezy like your bronzé self, and add to your life somehow. Here is a short list of books I’m liking and you should like, too.
by Janice MacLeod, aka yours truly
As if I wasn’t going to add my own book. But the reason I’m adding it isn’t for an ego boost. Barnes & Noble declared it one of their Summer Travel reads and made it cheap as chips for $2.99 USD on the Nook until June 8th. Naturally, Amazon price matched so you can get them all in your preferred ebook format here:
But enough about me.
by Alex Capus
This is one of those sweet love stories that you don’t want to end and you remember for a long time afterward. It’s Notebook-esque. Much of it takes place in Paris during World War II, but it’s not all sad and terrible. I walked to all the places mentioned in the book, even his home address. Outside his window she stood watching, in the shadow of a tree in the park across the street. That park is there and so is his window. The Bank of France where she worked… it’s an electronic cigarette boutique now, but it retains the Bank of France façade. Read the book then take a trip to Paris and follow their ghostly bodies around.
by Marie Kondo
A woman after my own heart. Just the title makes you want to putter around the house. Since I have lived out of a suitcase for a long time, I don’t have many clothes, and a lot of what she focuses on is the closet, but still she reframes a heavy task of cleaning house to a light tidying up. My tidying up back in 2010 changed the trajectory of my life (see book 1 of this list for details… remember only $2.99 USD). Who knows how your clean closets will change your life. The perfect book for a staycation. Modern Mrs. Darcy speaks to this book beautifully.
by Vernon Coleman
I’m half way through this one now. It’s the memoir of a young med student who lives in Paris in 1964 and works in a pharmacy. This book gallops along at a nice pace and reminds me of familiar streets in Paris.
by Jess Walter
Maybe it’s because my Italian travel partner Aine is in Italy without me this week. How dare she. What’s worse is the lovely bodyguard to the Pope from my book celebrated his birthday this week in Rome. How dare he. So I’ve found myself reading Beautiful Ruins again. It takes place north of the Cinque Terre, above of the famed Amalfi Coast. This book will make you want to just eat tomatoes and olives for dinner. And me, drink plenty of red wine thinking of my friends in Italy without me. How dare they. They are both ruining me beautifully.