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Title: adult summer reads?
Post by: CC on July 05, 2015, 02:55 PM
 :sailor Looking for an adult summer read to dig into. Literary is a plus, but it doesn't have to be.

Anybody read anything super great so far this summer?  :eh2
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Post by: hairaplenty on July 05, 2015, 03:04 PM
I just started, What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty. It's good so far. I'm also reading, The Boys in the Boat. I live in Seattle so it's fun to read about the area I'm familiar with.
Good Luck on your hunt. I don't read much adult, so I'm not much of an authority.    :soccer
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Post by: annemleone on July 05, 2015, 04:15 PM
I just read and loved Eliza Kennedy's I TAKE YOU. It's snort-out-loud funny, especially if you've ever planned a wedding. It was also surprisingly empowering. Probably not for everyone, though. It's about a woman who loves sex, has a ton of it, and is a week away from being married and debating whether or not to call off the wedding. It asks some big questions about what marriage means, how people think women should behave, and finding your own way in life.
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Post by: Debby G on July 05, 2015, 04:44 PM
I loved the thriller The Girl on the Train, the J.K. Rowling mystery Cuckoo's Calling, and the literary-ish novel Still Alice.
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Post by: rab on July 05, 2015, 05:17 PM
Priya Parmar's VANESSA AND HER SISTER, the sister being Virginia Woolf, kept me turning the pages.
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Post by: LindaJoy on July 05, 2015, 05:53 PM
I love the last 3 books by Kate Morton. Start off with THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN which has a literary theme about a childrens book author.  Fascinating multi-generalization mystery. I loved it so much I also listened on audio.

For a more light-hearted (well mostly except for war stuff) book try the GUERNSY POTATO PEEL SOCIETY -- gold in letters, very literary in more than one way, about secrets the island of Guernsy in WWII.
Title: Re: adult summer reads?
Post by: CC on July 05, 2015, 06:01 PM
These are great; I'm getting good ideas. Some of these I haven't heard of.

Keep 'em coming.

I'm writing them down...   :plane
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Post by: Vijaya on July 05, 2015, 06:20 PM
I just finished Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton. Memoir, faith journey. Reads like a beautiful novel.
Happy reading.
Vijaya
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Post by: rab on July 05, 2015, 06:58 PM
If literary letters are your cupa, the best book I've read so far this summer is Juliet Barker's THE BRONTES: A LIFE IN LETTTERS.
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Post by: dinalapomy101 on July 05, 2015, 07:00 PM
Non-Fiction: THE BOYS IN THE BOAT and DEAD WAKE
Fiction: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE (literary), THE MARTIAN (sci-fi), THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (thriller), THE SOUTHERN REACH TRILOGY (sci-fi)
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Post by: J-Bert on July 05, 2015, 08:49 PM
I'm reading The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney. It's a literary PI mystery with a lot of humor--I'm enjoying it a lot so far.
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Post by: mghiggins on July 06, 2015, 06:34 AM
Another vote for THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. It's one of the few adult novels I've read recently, and I really enjoyed it.
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Post by: CC on July 06, 2015, 07:25 AM
Of the ones mentioned I have read:

Girl on the Train
Cuckoo's Calling
and the Potato Peel one... 

... making a list, still... :naughty
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Post by: Write4kids on July 06, 2015, 07:51 AM
Enjoying The Girl on The Train now! 
I tried Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, which a lot of people like - Holocost, wasn't for me though, BUT, I loved her other ones:  Winter Garden, Night Road and Firefly Lane!
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Post by: AnnH on July 06, 2015, 08:03 AM
...For a more light-hearted (well mostly except for war stuff) book try the GUERNSY POTATO PEEL SOCIETY -- gold in letters, very literary in more than one way, about secrets the island of Guernsy in WWII.

Loved that one! Also: Major Pettigrew's last stand by Helen Simonson, a sweet romance between a British widower and the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village.
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Post by: Vijaya on July 06, 2015, 10:25 AM
Ooooh, Brontes Letters sounds soooo good!
V.
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Post by: laurie-daley on July 06, 2015, 03:16 PM
I just finished The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, historical fiction with several plot twists.
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Post by: Helen on July 06, 2015, 05:31 PM
I enjoyed The String Diaries--an adult mystery that spans several centuries and a psychopathic shapeshifter. I loved The War that Saved My Life (historical MG). Currently reading The Book of Speculation (Ericka Swyler)...very good so far.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on July 09, 2015, 01:56 PM
Non-Fiction: THE BOYS IN THE BOAT and DEAD WAKE
Fiction: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE (literary), THE MARTIAN (sci-fi), THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (thriller), THE SOUTHERN REACH TRILOGY (sci-fi)

THE SOUTHERN REACH TRILOGY was just...weird.  It didn't quite work for me...I think he tried to be too mysterious, and it just fell flat.

I'm reading something that I'm quite enjoying--somewhere between magical realism and fantasy, with a literary bent--THE RABBIT BACK LITERATURE SOCIETY...with the added bonus that it's about writers and centers around a mysterious children's book author.
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Post by: Sue G. on July 09, 2015, 02:30 PM
I'm reading The Writer's Garden: How Gardens Inspired Our Best-Loved Authors. It's a gorgeous book with beautiful photos of the writers' gardens, homes and wonderful writing spaces. The text is just as lovely and so inspiring in so many ways!  I love reading about each author's writing journey and how their writing and lives were connected to their gardens. The book includes writers such as Jane Austen, Dickens, Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, Thomas Hardy and other wonderful writers. A lovely book to enjoy sitting in a garden this summer!   

THE BRONTES: A LIFE IN LETTTERS sounds wonderful!  I've read Jane Austen's Letters and loved it so much! 
Happy reading!
Sue   :flowers2
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Post by: dinalapomy101 on July 09, 2015, 08:12 PM
But Marissa, did you read the whole S.R. TRILOGY? Like, all three books? It was super weird, but I couldn't put it down, and kept analyzing it and the meanings with my hub, lol! Something about the writing and story just had me addicted to all three books, which rarely happens for me.

But for anyone wanting accessible adult scifi, go with THE MARTIAN. :)
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on July 09, 2015, 08:29 PM
Yep, read the whole thing. I liked the first one the best. Found books two and three very annoying. I guess New Weird just isn't my cuppa. But do take a look at the Rabbit Back book --I'm enjoying it a lot.
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Post by: dinalapomy101 on July 10, 2015, 04:37 AM
Marissa -- I'm on it!
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Post by: onestepp on July 12, 2015, 05:23 PM
  As something nice and easy to read  I enjoyed  Peach Keeper, and First Frost by Sara Allen Addison
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Post by: dewsanddamps on July 12, 2015, 06:05 PM
I second dinalapomy101 on ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE (Anthony Doerr).
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on July 12, 2015, 06:19 PM
So here's something fun: a British woman named Clara Benson wrote a number of mysteries back in the 1920s, in the style of the day a la Agatha Christie and others, purely for her own amusement...and now, 50 years after her death, her family is publishing them. There are nine released--not sure how many more there will be--but I read the first, The Murder at Sissingham Hall, and it held its own with other Golden Age of Mystery stories. Fascinating!
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Post by: nina-mansfield on July 12, 2015, 07:13 PM
I've heard ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE if fantastic, although I have yet to read it.

I recently read WILD, and loved it. (I haven't see the movie yet.)

Title: Re: adult summer reads?
Post by: onestepp on July 15, 2015, 08:51 PM
Read the book WILD and saw the movie. The Movie paralleled the book.   If you read the book the movie will seem like it is missing in parts, but the movie was good.   
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on July 15, 2015, 09:00 PM
I liked the movie, Wild, but I couldn't get through the book. Found it depressing.
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Post by: Mercedes Ortiz on August 03, 2015, 05:18 AM
I'm reading "Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit by Corey Olsen", and I'm really enjoying it.  :love5
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Post by: TH on August 03, 2015, 01:44 PM
I just finished MISLAID by Nell Zink and loved it. Can't wait to read ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE.
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Post by: onestepp on August 03, 2015, 05:16 PM
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton second that one.


Also, I thought the Rabbit Back Literary Society looked interesting, and just picked it up from the library to read.