Hey y’all! All this hot weather has brought back my Southern accent. I’ve been floating around in the pool getting started on my summer reading. So this is a great post for me because I have a stack a mile high! But most of those books are research for a new project I’m working on that I’m not ready to talk about. So here are the books I’m reading for pure pleasure. Here we go!
THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE by Sydney Padua
I’m so excited about this book! It’s graphic novel (well, mostly graphic) about one of my heros: Ada Lovelace. If you know anything about the history of women in technology, you’ll know that Ada Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron and was the first computer programmer. “What!!!???,” you say. “How can that be? She lived in the 1800’s!” Well you’ll have to read the book to find out. It’s one of the most fascinating collaborations in the history of science. And Miss Sydney (I told you my accent was back) has turned this story into a hilarious set of adventures. I’m so excited to read this book!
Anyone who has read my novel, THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, (see I snuck it in there) knows that I love bookshops. So any book set in a bookshop is on my list. This novel was a big hit over seas and it’s finally here in the states. I was so excited to get my hands on it! The story revolves around Monsieur Perdu who calls himself a literary apothecary, only the one person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself. Bookshop? Check. Lost souls? Check. Paris? Check. There’s nothing here I don’t love. I can’t wait to dive into this one.
MY EDUCATION by Susan Choi
This book was recommended by a bookseller at my local bookstore, Bookshop Santa Cruz. She raved about it and I always pay attention when a bookseller gets excited about a book. It’s about the misadventures of Regina Gottlieb who has an affair with her professor in college, which sends her life into a crazy spin. The bookseller said it was highly erotic and I love a good steamy book in the summer time that’s not of the Grey variety. So sign me up!
THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott Hawkins
I started reading this book the other night. One chapter in and I was completely freaked out. I can no longer read it at night. I tweeted to Scott that I was sleeping with the dogs close after starting his book. He tweeted back that if I was still doing that after Chapter Seven then he wasn’t doing his job. Crap! But this book is fascinating and twisted and mildly terrifying. So if if urban fantasy with a shot of horror is your game, check this one out.
THE MIRACLE GIRL by Andrew Roe
The last book I’m going to tell you about is written by a friend. Andy and I worked at the same company together until recently. He’s a warm, funny, talented guy. And I’m sure his book will be the same. It just came out and I haven’t had a chance to read it until now. But I’m thrilled that I’ve finally got that chance. Do you believe in miracles? You might after you read this book.
So that’s what’s on my summer list. I hope you get some recommendations out of this. Happy reading!