I have a blog crush on Modern Mrs. Darcy for what I consider to be obvious reasons. One of them being I get almost all my book recommendations from her because she’ll be up front with you if a book (albeit a best-seller) is crap. I appreciate that honesty. One blog series of hers in particular that I like is called Twitterature. She says it’s a place to share short, casual reviews of books you’ve been reading. Perfect. If I haven’t read a book yet, I don’t want you to tell me exactly what it’s about. Just tell me whether or not I should read it. That’s what I’m going to attempt to do here with my top reads of the summer (which is quickly drawing to a close).
1. Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
Well written. Emotionally resonant. “It is love and friendship, the sanctity and celebration of our relationships, that not only support a good life, but create one. Through friendships, we spark and inspire one another’s ambitions.” #justreadit
2. When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
Of the two YA novels by Rebecca Stead that I read this summer, I prefer this one (the other was her debut novel First Light). Put aside any prejudice that this book is “children’s literature” and therefore solely meant for children. It deals with some rather mature themes from an adolescent perspective (though this adolescent thinks like an adult more than is believable sometimes). #quickbutworthit
3. The Patron Saint of Liars, Ann Patchett
If you enjoy growing increasingly frustrated with the main character (Rose), then this is the book for you! This novel is split in three parts from three different points of view. As as we move away from Rose’s point of view in Part I, she becomes as distant to the reader as she is to the other characters. Other than this though, it’s a very compelling read. #wouldnotrecommendtoeveryone #alsoa1998televisionfilm??
4. Light of Eidon series, Karen Hancock
Once you get past the horrifically bad cover art for this book (first in a series of four), you’ll read it and thank me. And then you’ll beg me to loan you books two through four which I won’t be able to do because I’ve already loaned them once. At least the first one in this series is free on the Kindle! #notyouraveragechristianfiction #legit