As the days grow longer, and you start to think about spending lazy summer days by the ocean, it’s time to start adding some must reads to your book collection. Here are a few suggestions that I’ve picked out from the latest books listed on my go to source for what books are hot/and not so hot.
Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray. – Goodreads
theavidpen: While I could never wrap my head around the book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… I think I just might enjoy this retelling of the classic Jane Austen story.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced. – Goodreads
theavidpen: While the first book in this series, The Cuckoo’s Calling is still waiting for me to read, this one just might join it. 😉
Private Paris by James Patterson; Mark Sullivan
When Jack Morgan stops by Private’s Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip. But Jack is quickly pressed into duty after getting a call from his client Sherman Wilkerson, asking Jack to track down his young granddaughter, who is on the run from a brutal drug dealer. Before Jack can locate her, several members of France’s cultural elite are found dead-murdered in stunning, symbolic fashion. The only link between the crimes is a mysterious graffiti tag. As religious and ethnic tensions simmer in the City of Lights, only Jack and his Private team can connect the dots before the smoldering powder keg explodes. – BAMM
theavidpen: If you want a thriller set in the City of Light, this one looks like a good one to ‘sing your teeth into.’
The Obsession by Nora Roberts
She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her. Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her fathers crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes. – BAMM
theavidpen: If you like books that are a bit ‘dark’ then this sounds like the kind of story that would probably keep you up at night.