By Chelsey Roos
Summer of reading
Summer is always a great time to read, but reading might be even more valuable this summer, as we all work hard to stay healthy at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you can’t hit the beach with a book, you can still travel through the pages of a great story. We asked some of our Book Match staff to recommend their favorite books for this summer. Check them out below.
Best books for the summer
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Matchmaker Chris S. recommends:
I found this series when I was looking for an escape from the pandemic. Imagine if Sherlock Holmes was a woman...and a feminist! This series has complex mysteries, an interesting cast of characters, and the indomitable Charlotte Holmes. Start with the first book, but I think book four in the series (The Art of Theft) is the best!
Ann Patchett is always good but this book is perfection! Does a house have the power to bring a family closer or tear them apart? Such compelling characters and writing that flows quickly while also packing in so much emotional insight. I laughed and cried. So gooood!
Matchmaker Beth B. recommends:
This book is pure escape – like Jurassic Park, but with dragons!
Matchmaker Nissa N. recommends:
One stormy night a stranger, near death from unexplained injuries, stumbles into the Swan Inn, but soon becomes less astonishing than the bundle in his arms—a drowned little girl. The mystery deepens when the girl revives and 3 families try to claim her.
Having landed a job with the Federal Writers Project during the summer of 1938, Layla Beck sets about writing the history of Macedonia, West Virginia by listening to the stories from the townspeople, even those the town fathers do not want her to hear from! A delightful novel, perfect for a long summer day.
Matchmaker Patty M. recommends:
For years, 12-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt from Savannah, Tootie Caldwell, who whirls CeeCee into her world of female friendship, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart. Feel good and hilarious.
For Kids and Teens
Matchmaker Leo L. recommends:
A new book to the Wings of Fire Universe. It gives an interesting take to the universe through the eyes of humans (don't worry, there's still plenty of dragon action). While it takes place during the first five books of the series, I wouldn't be surprised if it connects with the rest of the series. (Kids)
Matchmaker Mary A. recommends:
Ellie and Mack have been friends forever, and their friendship is the only thing that makes middle school bearable for Ellie. So when Mack tells her he's looking into a new school, Ellie is devastated. But when she finds information about an asteroid heading straight for Earth, Ellie becomes obsessed with keeping her loved ones safe when the world ends in April. (Kids)
Magic, adventure, danger, and betrayal. Kellen's sixteenth birthday is approaching, and though he comes from a family of strong magicians, he can't summon even a basic spell. Kellen is desperate to succeed at his trials, until he meets Ferius, a traveler that uses her wits and cunning to escape trouble, and offers Kellen a plan for a different life when he faces a shocking betrayal. (Teen/Adult)
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