Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Reading Ahead: May 2013, part 2

It's so nice to see spring starting to make a bit of an appearance.  Longer days, warmer days, nights that aren't quite so frosty.  It makes me think of lazy summer days on the horizon, and of course, great books to pass those hours.  Here are some great ones to add to your list this summer.

And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini

Flora, by Gail Godwin

Ready to Die, by Lisa Jackson

Step of Faith, by Richard Paul Evans

Looking for Me, by Beth Hoffman

Whatever your preferred genre may be, we have you covered in the months to come.  Khaled Hosseini is an author readers will remember from The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.  (For the record, while I thought The Kite Runner was excellent, I thought A Thousand Splendid Suns was even better.  No sophomore slump for Hosseini.)  In his latest work, Hosseini takes on families--how we interact with one another, how the choices we make affect our families and generations to come.  The novel expands outward, including both distant relatives and distant locales, and the critical praise I've been reading makes me think this will be an absolute win.  It's on my list for sure. 

Another title that I think will garner quite a bit of response is Beth Hoffman's new book, Looking for Me.  You might remember Hoffman's previous title, 2010's Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, which was extremely popular.  Fans of authors like Adriana Trigiani might want to take notice of this new novel, which follows quirky Teddi Overman, restorer of cast-off furniture, who has built a business and a life in Charleston, away from her childhood home in Kentucky.  When information surfaces that Teddi's brother Josh, who had mysteriously disappeared years earlier, might be alive, Teddi is drawn home to her family once more.  And while the trip might help Teddi finally heal old wounds, she may also have to make some serious decisions about how much of her new life and old life she will choose to keep.  Guaranteed to be a great read, and both of these titles would be great book club reads, too.

I'll be back on Thursday with a slew of new thrillers to look forward to.  Happy Reading!

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