Monday, June 30, 2014

What's on Your List?


Hello, dear readers.

Summertime and the reading is easy. Here are some pieces on my to-read list for the season.


The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson


I absolutely loved Lawrenson's last book, The Lantern, and am really looking forward these three novellas that combine mystery, history, romance, and World War II. Here's one of the reviews.

The Sea Garden weaves a double spell: Lawrenson steeps her story of the invisible heroes of the French Resistance crossing borders-and here, crossing time-deep in the eerie beauty of the South of France. The result is a marvelous strange fruit: think Graham Greene with a dash of Poe.” (Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress)


Longbourn by Jo Baker

Longbourn is billed as Pride and Prejudice's Upstairs, Downstairs.

Reel me in, right? It's a refreshing take on Miss Austen's classic, which focuses on the servants, rather than the Bennet family. Can't wait!

“A triumph: a splendid tribute to Austen’s original but, more importantly, a joy in its own right…Like Austen, Baker has written an intoxicating love story but, also like Austen, the pleasure of her novel lies in its wit and fierce intelligence…Baker not only creates a richly imagined story of her own but recasts Austen’s novel in a startlingly fresh light…Inspired.” —The Guardian


One More Thing by B. J. Novak

I was a huge fan of The Office, particularly for it witty writing. B.J. Novak was responsible for most of my favorite episodes, so I was delighted when I received his book of short stories for Mother's Day.


“His more concise stories come across as brainy comedy bits, while his sustained tales covertly encompass deep emotional and psychological dimensions… Novak excels at topsy-turvy improvisations on a dizzying array of subjects, from Aesop’s fables to tabloid Elvis to our oracular enthrallment to the stock market…Novak’s ingeniously ambushing stories of longing, fear, pretension, and confusion reveal the quintessential absurdities and transcendent beauty of our catchas-catch-can lives.” —Booklist, starred review


So, Bibliophiles, how about you? What novels are on your bedside tables this season?




6 comments:

Kelly Hashway said...

These look great!

angel011 said...

My reading, as usual, has little to nothing to do with the season. :) I'm currently reading The Croning by Laird Barron (a nice, creepy one), and I've also started Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter. After that, well, there's a ton of other books calling my name. :)

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

They all sound great, angel011. Enjoy!

Claudine G. said...

They all sound good, especially The Sea Garden (what an image of two of my favourite places there)! Enjoy your summer reading, Karen.

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

You, too, Claudine. I've started "The Sea Garden" this week. Very intriguing...

Chrys Fey said...

The Sea Garden sounds beautiful! I'm between books at the moment, but I plan to read "The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott" soon.