Add these 5 novels to your beach bag now
Book lovers, the summer reading season is upon us.
You provide the lemonade. I will provide the book suggestions. I’ll do this in a few installments, scattered throughout the summer, as part of my BookLovers summer reading series. #DaleysPicks. We will launch it today. Whether you are heading to Horseneck, Round Hill or your backyard: take these 5 books with you.
1. You might remember I loved Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “Daisy Jones & the Six,” calling it one of my top 19 picks – and you haven’t read it yet, read it. . Wildly good. Reid did it again with “Malibu Rising” – another period novel, starring rock stars, this one set in 1983 in California. The Riva siblings, the children of a famous rock star, throw an epic party at their mansion. It will burn by the end of the night. That’s all you need to know. #Must read.
2. Alex Michaelides has done it again. From the SouthCoast Century Clubbers lists, we all loved “The Silent Patient”. Michaelides returns with another mystery / thriller with “The Maidens”. According to the editor’s synopsis, Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this, Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic professor of Greek tragedy at the University of Cambridge, Fosca is adored by staff and students, especially by members of a secret society of students known as The Maidens.
Mariana is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes obsessed with The Maidens when one of them is found murdered. She becomes convinced that Fosca did it. But why? When another body is found, Mariana’s obsession with proving Fosca’s guilt grows out of hand …
3. “The other black girl” by Zakiya Dalila Harris.
SouthCoast Book Clubs: It’s your next read. A topical story and the exceptional debut of a new talent. It’s a fun thriller, but also, there is so much to unbox here. From the editor’s summary:
Nella Rogers, 26, is tired of being the only black employee at Wagner Books. The editorial assistant is therefore delighted when Hazel joins the company…. But then notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: “Leave Wagner. Now. “
It’s hard to believe that Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella begins to go around in circles and obsessed with the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there is more at stake than her career …
4. In the non-fiction, “Somebody’s Daughter,” by Ashley C. Ford is a gripping memoir and heartbreaking story to read before Father’s Day. From the editor’s summary:
Ashley put her father on a pedestal. Although she has only vague memories of seeing him face to face, she thinks he’s the only person in the world who understands her. He is sensitive like her, an artist. There are just a few problems: he’s in jail, and she doesn’t know what he did to find his way there.
Through poverty, puberty, and a strained relationship with her mother, Ashley returns to her image of her father for hope and encouragement. In her search for unconditional love, Ashley begins dating a boy her mother hates; when the relationship turns sour, he attacks her. Still reeling from the rape, which she is keeping a secret from her family, Ashley finally discovers why her father is in prison… And that’s where the story really begins.
5. “The Chosen One and the Beautiful”, by Nghi Vo
Astonishing. Vo reinvents “The Great Gatsby” with gay Asian characters and it’s awesome. From the editor’s summary:
Jordan Baker grew up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society – she has money, an education, a life-threatening golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties in the jazz age. She is also queer and Asian, an adopted Vietnamese treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her.
But the world is full of wonders: hellish pacts and lightning illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In any paper there is fire, and Jordan can burn a man’s cutout heart. She just has to learn how.
Now go out and start reading. I’ll see you on the beach, BookLovers.