What We’re Reading

by Amanda McKay | August 4, 2017

Book Recommendations

Wow.  August has arrived and as school begins, we’re excited to share some of the books we’ve been reading and recommending to friends this summer.

First, we’ve been so pleased with Fredrik Backman and his books the bestseller, A Man Called Ove and his latest offering Bear Town.  If you haven’t heard the buzz about this talented story teller, we want you to remember his name.  The Daytime Book Discussion group (third Thursday at 10 a.m. each month) are still talking about his 2014 book, Britt- Marie Was Here.

If you loved series like Divergent and can’t get enough of titles like The Handmaid’s Tale then Lisa knows exactly what you should consider reading next. Written for young adult and adult readers, Lisa suggests: The Lone City by Amy Ewing and Remnant Chronicles series by Mary Pearson.

The Lone City Series begins with The Jewel. I’m reading the third book The Black Key. The series starts with the main character Violet living in a holding facility caught with other girls who are trained to be surrogates of upper class people. Readers will get caught up in Violet’s story and will root for her escape and the overthrow of the royal class. I could not put this book down.

The other book I’m reading is Remnant Chronicles Number 2: The Heart of Betrayal. The first in the Remnant Chronicles is called The Kiss of Deception. This book is written in such an intriguing way. The reader cannot tell which person, Kaden or Rafe, is the assassin, and which one is the prince. Both men follow Lia, the heroine, as she is on the run. One man intends to kill her, and the other falls in love with her. I tried to guess which character was the assassin, and this book took me completely by surprise! Readers will also enjoy the second book as Lia and the prince try to escape from barbarians who captured them.

New nonfiction that we recommend include: The Stranger in the Woods, The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel and Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. Michael Finkel’s story of Christopher Knight, a man who chose to disappear and didn’t speak to another person for nearly thirty years is amazing and in Present Over Perfect, Shauna shares how we identify and then find connection in our busy and sometimes lonely lives.