Summer Reading Round-Up

Summer… and I’m reading mostly novels. I love to browse the library shelves that offer new titles as well as reserve books I hear about.

Alice Hoffman’s The Dove Keepers, tells the story  of four women, who lived in 70 CE, on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. She brings to life the harrowing historical event where 900 Jews fought against Roman armies; only two women and five children survived.   Engaging.  

Simon Mawer’s Trapeze also mixes fact with fiction as he creates the adventures of Marian Sutro, who is based on the women trained by the British in World War II to be agents for the Special Operation Executive, a clandestine program designed to destroy property, not merely gather intelligence, mostly working in France.  Fascinating.  

Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Landsale combines mystery and adventure.  When May Lynn’s body is found weighted down by a sewing machine in the Sabine River, her friends Sue Ellen, Jinx, and Terry decide they have to honor the dead girl’s dream—she might not have made it to Hollywood living, but they are determined to bring her ashes there.  Fast and fun.  

M.L. Stedman’s  The Light Between Oceans tugs at your emotions. I read this in less than three days. Set in Western Australia, Tom Sherbourne, returning from fighting in World War I, is sent to Janus Rock to man the lighthouse. His wife Isabel, longs for a child, having had two miscarriages and a stillbirth. When a boat spills up on the rocks, with a dead man and a crying two-month old baby girl, their lives change. Do they keep the baby or not?  Powerful.

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey retells Jane Eyre in 1950’s Britain. Not sure why I completed this one.  Stick to the original.  

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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13 Responses to Summer Reading Round-Up

  1. Light Friday says:

    thanks for the advice 🙂

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  2. Thanks, I hope to have time and mental energy to curl up with a good book. It has been a long summer.

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  3. Listened to Gemma Hardy on the ride to Nashville – same opinion! Thanks for the recommendations. Just finished Beautiful Ruins and loved it!

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  4. I’m definitely going to read Trapeze. I’m writing a novel along extremely similar lines, so have to support authors in the same genre…

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  5. Barbara Younger says:

    I had no clue what fleece is even made of. Eye-opening! The Light Between Oceans sounds like compelling reading. Will look for a copy. Thanks!

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  6. Barbara Younger says:

    And Uri is darling!

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  7. Leah says:

    How is “The Dovekeepers?” I hear a lot about that book.

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  8. Thanks Lisa! I am always looking for more good books… particularly in paperback. I have a draft of my summer reads too, so maybe we’ll find something fun between us. I read less than I wanted this summer, but maybe that’s because the Game of Thrones books are so long, and sucked me in! I am very curious about the Dovekeepers now, and will pass it on to my daughter. She leave for Israel in 3 weeks, after her forma conversion. Alas…

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    • Dovekeepers is a long slog but I thought worth it and very enlightening regarding how the culture is really one of survival, over centuries. Helps respect some of the traditions, as hard as they are to live with.

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