Best Summer Reads

Reading a bookI could also title this, “How I Read Through the War” as most of my titles had a dominant war theme. Not sure where that came from but it piqued my interest enough to check out all these stories 🙂

  1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah I loved this book and it is vying for my second all-time favorite novel. Exquisitely written in a WW2 setting. I read it in July and still think about it often.
  2. Grand Central: Original Stories of Post War Love and Reunion (various authors) Like any book of short stories, some were better than others but a couple were really good.
  3. A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable OK not really a war novel but definitely historical fiction based on actual events.
  4. Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters A switch back-and- forth story from the present to the past which is WW2. I read this on the beach and it was perfect for that setting.
  5. Dead Wake: The Last Voyage of the Lusitania by Erik Larson of “Devil in the White City” fame. I read this simultaneously with Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase so flipped back-and-forth between WW1 and WW2. These were all fresh details for me. Mesmerizing!
  6. The Time In Between by Maria Duenas I finished this 600 + page novel on the last day of summer and was sorry to see it end. Set in pre-WW2 in Spain & Morocco, it was slow to draw me in then I couldn’t put it down.

A handful of other titles took up residence on my nightstand but I enjoyed these the most. I just picked up All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr so the war theme continues.

What are you reading?

Hope for the best,



5 Responses to “Best Summer Reads”

  1. 1 bronx51 September 24, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    3 out of 7 of those. We’ll discuss.


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  2. 3 Elaine Lewis September 24, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    I loved give the lady what she wants. Loved it 

    I just finished Alice Hoffman – the marriage of opposites. Liked it a lot. Not love 

    Recently finished circling the sun. Really really liked it/loved 

    I also really liked/loved the chaperone. 

    I also really liked/loved the ship of brides. 

    If you need authors I am happy to provide. All kinda have a historical fiction flavor 

    I adored loved all the light we cannot see. I read it last year while traveling around northen Germany and a bit of the mountains in Switzerland. You are going to be sorry to see this one end. 

    Have you ever read color of water. I just ordered the sample 



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    On Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 3:22 PM, Hope for the Best

  3. 5 Elaine Lewis September 24, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Oh and I read the nightingale and loved it!!!

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    On Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 3:22 PM, Hope for the Best

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