My 2017 Summer Reading List

Now that school is out and the summer is in full swing, I can finally take a breath and relax a little. One of my favorite things to do when I have the time is read. I’m old-school so my reading format of choice is a good old-fashioned paper book. I love the feel of an actual book in my hands. I love turning the pages and the sound the paper makes as it rustles between my fingers.

With so many books to choose from, it was a challenge to narrow down my summer reading list. I took a n eclectic approach to my book selection for the summer.  And since David Baldacci is my number one author crush, he is at the top of my list. I think six books are enough to keep my mind busy for the next two months.

What are you reading this summer? 

Here’s the list of books I’ll be reading for the summer:

No Man’s Land by David Baldacci

Special Agent John Puller, combat veteran and the army’s most tenacious investigator, is back in this action-packed thriller.

NO MAN’S LAND

Two men. Thirty years.

John Puller’s mother, Jackie, vanished thirty years ago from Fort Monroe, Virginia, when Puller was just a boy. Paul Rogers has been in prison for ten years. But twenty years before that, he was at Fort Monroe. One night three decades ago, Puller’s and Rogers’ worlds collided with devastating results, and the truth has been buried ever since. Until now.


Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

A mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana.

Why exactly her late father left her eight hundred acres of prime sugarcane land in Louisiana is as mysterious as it is generous. But for Charley Bordelon, it’s also an opportunity start over: to get away from the smog and sprawl of Los Angeles, and to grow a new life in the coffee-dark soil of the Gulf coast. Accompanied by her eleven-year-old daughter Micah, Charley arrives with high hopes and just in time for growing season.

Charley is as unfamiliar with Southern customs as she is with cane farming—which poses serious challenges both on and off the farm, especially when her farm manager leaves without warning. But, rolling up her sleeves and swallowing her pride, Charley finds the help of a colorful cast of characters—blood relatives and townspeople alike—who all become a family to her and Micah.

As the cane grows, Charley is tested by a brother who is quickly using up her patience, and it will take all of her heart to keep the sugar growing and her family intact. Queen Sugar is a story of Southern wisdom, unexpected love, and one family flourishing against all odds.


Last One Home by Debbie Macomber

Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close—until one fateful event drove them apart.

After high school, Cassie ran away from home to marry the wrong man, throwing away a college scholarship and breaking her parents’ hearts. To make matters worse, Cassie had always been their father’s favorite—a sentiment that weighed heavily on her sisters and made Cassie’s actions even harder to bear.

Now thirty-one, Cassie is back in Washington, living in Seattle with her daughter and hoping to leave her past behind. After ending a difficult marriage, Cassie is back on her own two feet, the pieces of her life slowly but surely coming together. Despite the strides Cassie’s made, she hasn’t been able to make peace with her sisters. Karen, the oldest, is a busy wife and mother, balancing her career with raising her two children. And Nichole, the youngest, is a stay-at-home mom whose husband indulges her every whim. Then one day, Cassie receives a letter from Karen, offering what Cassie thinks may be a chance to reconcile. And as Cassie opens herself up to new possibilities—making amends with her sisters, finding love once more—she realizes the power of compassion, and the promise of a fresh start.


A Girl’s Guide To Moving On by Debbie Macomber

In this powerful and uplifting novel a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over.

Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined. When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt-spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Somehow, Nichole must find the courage to defy her fears and follow her heart, with far-reaching consequences for them all.

Leanne has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. While volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language, Leanne meets Nikolai, a charming, talented baker from Ukraine. Resolved to avoid the heartache and complications of romantic entanglements, Leanne nonetheless finds it difficult to resist Nikolai’s effusive overtures—until an unexpected tragedy tests the very fabric of her commitments.


Brothers and Sisters by Bebe Moore Campbell

This book is about succeeding—and surviving—even being happy, in a society where every card seems stacked against you.

Struggling with her own personal issues after the Los Angeles riots, Esther Jackson, a black employee at a downtown bank, is heartened when a black man is hired as senior vice-president, until he sexually harasses her white friend and coworker.

 

 

 


High Five by Janet Evanovich

A psychotic killer is looking for revenge.

Stephanie Plum’s Uncle Fred has disappeared without a trace. He’s left his ten-year-old Pontiac station wagon locked up nice and neat in the Grand Union parking lot, and his wife is at home, waiting for him to return with the bread, milk and olive loaf. Locked in the top drawer of Uncle Fred’s desk are photos of a body, dismembered and stuffed into a garbage bag. And locked away in the computer files of another average citizen are the clues that will lead Stephanie to Fred.

Finding Uncle Fred won’t put a paycheck in Stephanie’s pocket, though, and bond jumpers are at an all-time low.  To make the rent, Stephanie will have to do something that won’t make vice cop, Joe Morelli, a happy man.  She agrees to take a  job with her entrepreneurial mentor Ranger, who runs a mostly morally correct and marginally legal operation.

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