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7 Books I’m Reading This Summer

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

If you’re a lover of Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Charlotte should  be a pleasant revisit to the wonderful word of sharp minds and a trail of clues for you. This book, the first in a trilogy, follows the adventures of the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as they interact and uncover new mysteries in the modern age, hopefully without tainting the original Sherlock Holmes.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

From the author of The Girl on the Train is a new suspenseful story about several mysterious deaths-by-water. The protagonist, a fifteen year old girl, ends up in the care of her aunt who now returns to the place of the drownings to care for her new charge, despite having fled previously, decided on never returning.

I love a good mystery, especially murder/death mysteries. Maybe a little morbid, but still always fascinating.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Marquez writes in a manner of blended realistic and folkloric style, which gives all of his stories a halo of wonder and leaves his readers starry-eyed. One of my personal favorite books is Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, so this one was a natural must-read for me as well. While One Hundred Years of Solitude has a much broader theme of time and the world in general, Love in the Time of Cholera, as the title would suggest, is written under a much smaller lens and tells a love story.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

As with Marquez, I am a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell’s writing, having read both Eleanor and Park and Fangirl. Landline is a story of a phone that connects a woman to the past, specifically the twenty-two year old version of her husband. Rainbow Rowell’s writing is very personal without being overly cheesy and cliche, and I am incredibly interested to see her take this more sci-fi approach to a book.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Didion explores the year after the death of her husband in this book, which has been described as “exhilarating” and despite the seriousness of the material, is not considered a “downer.” I have always been a fan of the spiritual journey-discovery/rediscovery story, and having heard only good things about this book, I’ve felt drawn to read it for quite some time now.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

This book is all about the power of love. It’s a mystery involving the disappearance of a man whose wife and daughter’s search for him after finding an old love letter to a Burmese woman. The story is unwound over time, spanning from the present day back to the 1950’s, as his daughter, Julia, decides to travel to Burma to find the mystery woman. From the title to the secret love and mystery solving, I have been dying to read this book.

Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen

Now, if you’re not a yoga person, this book won’t be at the top  of your to-read list. Personally, I am a huge fan of Rachel Brathen, who is a yogi with the largest online yoga platform, owns several businesses including her own yoga studio, travels the world to teach yoga, has a podcast, and is a new mother. I love a good autobiography and from what I’ve already learned about her life from her instagram posts and podcasts, I thought it would be a really interesting read.