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Readers’ picks for sizzling summer reads Add to ...

I love my Kindle. It has allowed me to explore an endless number of new authors and books I would never have found. I read at least eight books a month, sometimes many more. Currently I am exploring indie authors, hidden gems, that may receive little fanfare but have talent and passion. There is a surprising amount of talent out there if one looks and doesn't simply follow the herd. I recently read Have a Little Faith, by Mitch Albom, an excellent book that pulls the emotional strings, and an unknown author, Sarah Middleton, on Kindle (ebook) with a relatively short novel, The Sun Set on Yorktown College. This dramatic romance brought tears to my eyes.


The serious me says Richard White’s Railroaded. The super-serious me says L.S. MacDowell’s An Environmental History of Canada, Neil Forkey’s Canadians and the Natural Environment to the Twenty-First Century, and lots of 19th-century Canadian travel literature. The husband me says books by some guy that Gen recommends named Thomas Hardy. The dad me says the Ramona books. The summer me says more Jo Nesbo thrillers, with their nicely balanced mix of crime and character.

Alan MacEachern

I am currently reading Auto da Fe, by Elias Canetti, and will following this with Conversations in the Cathedral, by Mario Vargas Llosa, The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion, Catch-22, by Joseph Heller, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera, On the Natural History of Destruction, The Emigrants and The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald. Quite a variety, but these are the writers I am interested in at the moment.

Hans Denee

I’m giving John Irving’s new novel, In One Person, a shot. I am a big Irving fan, mostly due to his excellent character development. The topic of this book is a bit heavy for the beach, but might be best read by the fire with scotch. Just finished reading Why Men Lie, by Linden MacIntyre, another author with great talent for character development. I put it off for a while as the title did not appeal to me, but quite a good story. – Stephanie

Summer is the time for rereading favourite classics. Time seems to expand with the light allowing one to really savour the words. This summer, it will be The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton, which speaks of a time when romance was contained in a kiss on the wrist. – ailmclaren

I just reread Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind and loved it. I think I first read it when I was about 15. It transported me to a time and place unlike any recent book has. I couldn't read anything else for about a month after that. – cmv

I just finished Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. What a wonderful story – I was crying and blowing my nose at one point. So beautifully written – you must try it. – Lynda Anderson

Janet Flanner’s Paris was Yesterday is perfect escapist reading, stylish reportage on Paris in the 1920s and 30s from a witty New Yorker correspondent who knew everyone in the bohemian quarter. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris is the very poor relation of Flanner’s highly polished aperçus about art and artists, decaying aristocrats and corrupt politicians, outré fashion and outrageous crimes. – Flaneur

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