Summer Reading 2018

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Summer holidays are coming to an end for me. Which means it is time to share a few of my favourite summer reads of 2018.

Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke

I was browsing the shelves of the library when my fingers came across this short, green, hardcover book. Looking at the author’s name, I wasn’t sure if this Ethan Hawke was the actor Ethan Hawke. They are one and the same.

This book is an epistolary/ fable about a knight. The knight is a father who is about to face a deadly battle and writes a letter to his children. The book is full of life advice and guiding principles.

I think this would be a great gift for someone graduating.

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

This book was on my library’s most wanted list (top requested books). The story line looked interesting and unknown to me. I had it on my TBR. The next visit I saw that it was available as a one week loan. The book starts out slow, like a stroll in a summer garden. It then compels you with the history and the messy family drama (semi star-crossed lovers and all!). I was up till 3:00 am trying to read through this book (I was doing the “one more chapter, then I’ll go to bed” speech to myself).

I knew nothing of this dark history of Quebec regarding the change of status of orphanages to mental institutions. I also got a better understanding of the tension between Anglophones and French with this novel. The book unveils an unfortunate history and an important one to know. Goodman writes with the stroke of a paintbrush in her descriptions of the country side of Quebec. The main characters are fully developed; they feel real and are beautifully flawed.

This is a book of fiction, but truth inspired its creation. Sometimes the truth hurts, and it is essential that it is heard.

The Queen of Sheba by Jill Eileen Smith

This is a very short e-book. I had not read a book based on the life of the Queen of Sheba before, and I was glad I read this one. Smith was able to create a rich landscape for this novella. Also, I was intrigued by the direction Smith explores to explain how Judaism became a prevalent religion in Ethiopia. I know that aspects of the book may not be accurate, yet I appreciated the imaginative story of this Biblical figure.

Come From Away by Genevieve Graham

I had never read a book by Graham and I was pleasantly surprised.

The story follows Grace Baker during WWII as she lives in Nova Scotia. Her three brothers are all soldiers in the war which brings pride and worry to Grace and her family. Grace works in a general store and often wonders if she should have left home to help the war effort.

A mysterious stranger enters Grace’s life which is thrilling and confusing when his true identity is revealed.

I liked how Graham was able to create a story out of historical events (and possible legend?) of Nova Scotia. Come From Away is quite enjoyable. I think it would be a great winter read as much of the action takes place during Canada’s coldest time of the year.

I hope you found some wonderful summer books as well.

As always, HAPPY READING!

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