Summer Reading Suggestions From Sarah Roach
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
You know Margaret Atwood from The Handmaid’s Tale, but have you read anything else by her? Start here with The Blind Assassin. In this novel within a novel, you will find Iris whose account of her sister’s death in 1945 is proclaimed an accident, yet just as you think Atwood is about to launch into Laura’s story, she introduces a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in unsavory backstreet rooms. The layers of this novel will keep you interested and if you are truly a reader, you will be happy that this is slightly over 500 pages.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Ruth Ware has had several best sellers, i.e. in a dark, dark wood,The Death of Mrs Westaway, and The Lying Game. The Woman in Cabin 10 is equally suspenseful and a perfect summer read. A travel journalist, Lo Blacklock, is on assignment spending a week on a luxury cruise. Although her cruise begins peacefully, the weather turns threatening as the week wears on. Lo witnesses a terrifying crime, but all the passengers remain accounted for despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something has gone horribly wrong. If you are already a Ware fan, or if this is her first book for you, you will be pleased with the twists and turns of this thriller.
Final Girls by Riley Sager
In Final Girls, Sager’s first thriller, three girls, Lisa, Sam, and Quincy, are survivors of separate horrific group attacks, hence the moniker “final girls.” They gradually recover their lives and never meet until Lisa is found dead and Sam seeks out Quincy. As new details emerge about Lisa’s death, Quincy must question Sam’s motives and relive her experience. This is a tragic story with a satisfying ending.
Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes
Is there anyone who didn’t read Under the Tuscan Sun? Is there anyone who didn’t like Under the Tuscan Sun? Whatever your answer, you will enjoy Mayes’ sequel Every Day in Tuscany. “The Bard of Tuscany” continues her two-decades-long love affair with Italy’s wine region and recounts the changes she has experienced since her previous books appeared. Who wouldn’t enjoy reading about Italian life, art, and culture? A bonus is more than 25 favorite recipes.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
This autobiography has been on the best seller list for quite a while, and deservedly so. This is a well written work and provides the reader with insights to the Robinson family and Michelle’s upbringing and then into her struggle to balance her career and family, and her husband’s fast moving political career. Michelle tells her story with honesty and boldness and emerges as a figure to be admired.