A Little Summer Reading

A Little Summer Reading


I hope you all are having a wonderful summer and finding your schedules letting up a little. I also hope your summer reading is proving relaxing and even f

Here are some books I’ve heard about and have added to my TBR pile this summer. Please let me know if you’ve read any of them and if you have any to share… Thank you! 

Helen Hoang’s The Bride Test, centers around Khai, an unmarried, autistic man, is mortified that his mother, Cô Nga, has become so desperate to find him a wife that she would pay for Esme, a young, single mother, to travel to America from Vietnam just to meet him. I gather this is an homage to Pride and Prejudice Austen fans will love.

Wunderland is a split time story between Ava, a 1989 New Yorker, and her mother, now deceased, back in Berlin 1933.  Ava learns about her mother’s dark past and secrets through a trove of letters and learn, perhaps, why they never seemed to connect in life. 


A few friends have recommended How Not To Die Alone and I find the description intriguing… I’d love to know if anyone’s read it.

A darkly funny and life-affirming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine the story of one man who is offered a second chance at life and love when he develops an unexpected friendship–if he can expose the white lie he told years ago that grew into so much more.

And do you have a classic on your list?

With PBS’s Masterpiece presenting Sandition in 2019 — How excited are we about that? — I thought I’d revisit a little Austen this summer as well —  her unfinished works of Sandition as well as The Watsons. I always find her writing so unique that it helps my own.

I think more clearly with her brilliance close at hand.

Happy Reading!

And again please chime in and add books to this list. 

12 Responses to A Little Summer Reading

  1. I have “The Bride Test” on my TBR List as well and read the authors debut novel “The Kiss Quotient” last year and remember enjoying it. I have been reading a lot of Pride and Prejudice Variations so far this summer. Hope you get to do some fun reading this summer.

  2. Thanks for these reading ideas, Katherine. I’m always on the lookout for new books!! 😀

    This year I have been immersed in a splendid British mystery series set between the two World Wars. The Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear reminds me of Dorothy Sayers’ Peter Wimsey series, but a bit darker, deeper, and more compassionate. These mysteries are more character studies than exciting mysteries; each story is a slow burn of revelations, both of characters and of their motivations for what they’ve done. The first book of the series, simply entitled Maisie Dobbs, is all backstory before the first mystery unfolds in the second book in a series of fifteen (so far). I just checked out the tenth book this morning from our library’s e-books catalogue.

    I have a review of the first three books on my blog, if anyone is interested: http://meditativemeanderings.blogspot.com/2019/06/a-highly-recommended-historical-mystery.html and my review of the next three books will be up before the weekend.

    Happy reading!

    ~Susanne 🙂

  3. Summer has been hectic so I have hardly gotten any reading done. Hopefully things will calm down soon so I can make some progress in my never ending queue of books I want to read. I had forgotten about Sanditon coming to PBS. I am looking forward to it and hope I don’t miss its airing.

  4. I haven’t read the other two but I have read Sanditon and really loved it! That’s great ONE is going to play it!

  5. Thanks for the suggestion Katherine. Put them down on the list.

    Also, curious- the picture in the lower right, where is it from? *the couple walking on muddy terrain)

    • It is the only PBS Sandition picture I could find — so it will be a scene in the new PBS Sandition movie. Thanks for asking. It is kind of random… I should have said that.

      • Thanks Katherine. I was just curious. I don’t watch tv much (except for news and if my family watches something during mealtimes). It would have been a good P & P picture/movie I thought

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