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I wanted to share with you my favorite five books for summer!
These I’ve already read, and most of them several times.
So here we go:
The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.
As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever.This is the ultimate lovestory, and I think I will keep rereading it all my life.
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a husband, home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.If you ever feel overwhelmed by life please read this one, I definitely found it inspiring.
Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother’s past. But her mother has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend, and promises that through her she will learn more.Arriving in Plaka, Alexis is astonished to see that it lies a stone’s throw from the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga – Greece’s former leper colony. Then she finds Fotini, and at last hears the story that Sofia has buried all her life: the tale of her great-grandmother Eleni and her daughters and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion. She discovers how intimately she is connected with the island, and how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip.It’s so sad, yet so beautiful at the same time. I could not put this one away, and I always recommend The Island if somebody is taking up reading.
This classic is set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, well that must be good, right? Tender is the night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own.I think that everybody should read this classic at least once in there life.
One midsummer’s eve when Alice is sixteen, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone…yet more present than ever.I did read this one for the first time last summer and loved it!
I hope you find some inspiration when you are writing this summers reading list, mine is not set yet but I’ll post it as soon as I’m done.
Do you have any summer favorites? Please share your recommendations in the comment section.