Thursday, August 29, 2013

End of Summer Reading

With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, many of us are savoring the last few precious days of summer. School starts next week, and with it comes the return to busy-ness, schedules, and structured days. Gone are the long, lazy days of lounging poolside with a good book. 
{Okay, I've done more of my lounging on the sidelines of a soccer game than beside my nonexistent pool this summer, but you get the idea.}

Here are some of the books I've enjoyed over the last month of summer:

 Perfect for fans of Downton Abbey, it is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death and a way of life that vanished forever, told in flashback by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades. This is a fun, fast read. Very enjoyable and a perfect beach book.

{Wolf Hall}
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. This is a not a light read, but it is totally compelling. I found myself thinking about it long after I had set it down and am looking forward to continuing Mantel's Cromwell trilogy.

{O Jerusalem
At the close of the year 1918, forced to flee England, Sherlock Holmes and his nineteen-year-old apprentice Mary Russell enter British-occupied Palestine under the auspices of Holmes’s enigmatic brother, Mycroft. Their arrival coincides with growing tensions between Jew, Moslem, and Christian, and a rash of unsolved murders that has baffled the authorities. I've mentioned my love of all things Sherlockian before, and this adventure is no exception. 

{A Spear of Summer Grass}
 The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is used to raising eyebrows on her own, but when she crosses the line, she is exiled to Kenya until gossip about her recent escapades subsides. Amidst the wonders—and dangers—of Africa, Delilah awakes to a land out of all proportion: extremes of heat, darkness, beauty and joy that cut to her very heart. Only when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah discover what is truly worth fighting for—and what she can no longer live without. This has all the necessary components of a great beach read: romance, adventure, an exotic setting, and a saucy heroine. I definitely recommend it!

There you have it~ some wonderful end-of-summer reading. Enjoy the last days of August and have a great Labor Day weekend!
~Happy Reading!~

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like some good reads. I've been wanting to make a new reading list, so thank you for sharing.


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