I think at this point we can all agree that I’m not the best with sticking to reading goals… no comment. But I do have some books on my summer reading wish list that I hope to be getting from the library and diving into when it’s boiling outside and I find a spot of shade by the pool.
Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder
Maddy doesn’t bake, and her Louboutins aren’t made for walking giant dogs around Lake Michigan, but the locals are friendly and the scenery is beautiful. With help from her aunt’s loyal friends, aka The Baker Street Irregulars, Maddy feels ready to tackle any challenge, including Octavia’s award-winning cake recipes. That is, until New Bison’s mayor is fatally stabbed, and Maddy’s fingerprints are found on the knife . . .
Honestly, I found it hard to read this description without wanting to buy this book, but I will show some restraint and wait and get it from the library. I also love that it’s part of a Baker Street mystery series (have I talked about my Sherlock Holmes obsession before?).
One Italian Summer
When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mom, but her best friend and first phone call. She had all the answers and now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone. To make matters worse, their planned mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: two weeks in Positano, the magical town Carol spent the summer right before she met Katy’s father. Katy has been waiting years for Carol to take her, and now she is faced with embarking on the adventure alone.
It has summer in the name, but what fascinated me most was the three-part description that just went deeper and deeper.
A Darker Shade of Magic
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
This one has been on my TBR list for a long time, and this might just be the summer I finally read it!
Combining three mothers’ points of view in a powerful narrative tale with commentary from entertaining neighborhood listservs, secret text messages, and police reports, The Lifeguards is both a story about the secrets we tell to protect the ones we love and a riveting novel of suspense filled with half-truths and betrayals, fierce love and complicated friendships, and the loss of innocence on one hot summer night.
I love a good suspenseful mystery, plus this feels like it has a lot of summery vibes!
The Atlas Six
When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society’s archives and judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them.
Another one languishing away on my TBR list, this book has been tempting me for months, so hopefully its time has come!
What does your summer reading list look like?