I cannot believe it’s already summer! Thank goodness I hear you cry! School is out and I’m excited to say we have ‘time’ again. Time to talk, time to sit together and time to read. I thought it would be fun to let you know what I’ve read so far and what I’m about to delve into. I loved reading Emilie’s summer reads last year so I thought it would be fun to share mine this summer. I am rather late to the party with all of these books but my wait was worth it and what I’ve read so far, they are truly masterpieces in their genres.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

A Pulitzer Prize winner, Strout’s book Olive Kitteridge is about a retired school teacher living a small town life in Maine. It’s about the deep things that go on behind closed village life doors. I adored this book. I had more tears than laughs but maybe that’s just me.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Set in the ’60s in the marshes, Kya is unbearably shy and skittishly young who is abandoned by her entire family. She is left to defend for herself. Owens’ writing and the way she weaves together a beautiful story with amazing descriptions of nature has made this one of the best books I’ve read this year. I’m pretty sure this will be a movie in time.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Dutch House has particularly struck a cord with me and I’m so pleased I’ve picked it up for my summer read. Gothic in genre, which is an unusual choice for me, set it a small town in Pennsylvania, it’s a story of siblings, Danny and Maeve Conroy, and their connection with the family home they lived in as young children and how their lives unfold over the years. I’ve only recently started it but I’m totally hooked. There is a beautiful special edition of this book published and can be bought on Waterstones where you can also watch a lovely video of Ann Patchett discussing the story behind The Dutch House.

Next up I have Pandora Skyes new one, How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right and Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Women, Other . I’ll keep you informed if they’re good reads. In the meantime, if you have any other recommendations do send them our way.

Happy summer reading!
Vanessa x



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