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Summer Reads

Perhaps it’s that extra blast of sunlight or our inherent lax attitude to the season. For whatever reason, it just feels like there’s more time to read in the summer. But what to read?

Still filling out your list? Here are 5 books to keep you reading all summer long.

1.THE UNCOMMON READER, by Allan Bennet

The Uncommon Reader is none other than HM the Queen who becomes obsessed with books after a chance encounter with a mobile library. The story follows the consequences of this obsession for the Queen,  her household and advisers, and her constitutional position.The consequence is, of course, surprising, mildly shocking and very funny.

2. ONE DAY, by David Nicholls

‘I can imagine you at forty,’ she said, a hint of malice in her voice. ‘I can picture it right now.’
He smiled without opening his eyes. ‘Go on then.’
15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows?
Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.

3. THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

The novel is set in 1946 and is in the form of letters, mainly to and from the central character, Juliet Ashton, a successful writer who becomes, wholly coincidentally, involved with a group of people on Guernsey who lived through the wartime German Occupation. The book has something to say about all kinds of things. Among them are friendship, suffering, forgiveness, goodness and wickedness, the resilience of humanity in desperate circumstances, how reading may influence us and the history of the Channel Islanders during the war.

4. THE THIRTEENTH TALE, by Diane Setterfield.

The Thirteenth Tale is a gothic suspense novel published in 2006.Vida Winter, a famous novelist in England, has never been forthcoming when it comes to her past. Her entire life is a secret, and for fifty years reporters and biographers have attempted to discover the truth. With her health quickly fading, Ms. Winter enlists a bookish amateur biographer named Margaret Lea to bear witness to the tragic story of the Angelfield family, their eccentric beginnings as well as their demise. Margaret, who has family secrets of her own, must unravel the mysteries of the past in order to reconcile not only Miss Winter with her ghosts, but also Margaret with her own.

5. HOW TO BE GOOD, by Nick Hornby

How to Be Good is a 2001 novel that centers on characters Katie Carr, a doctor, and her husband, David Grant. Events take a turn when David stops being “The Angriest Man In Holloway” and begins to be “good” with the help of his spiritual healer, DJ GoodNews.The novel has a funny side, mostly due to the conversion of the husband, David, from an angry, cynical and negative man to a “do-gooder.” Nevertheless, its most important subject is the crisis that the couple is going through.

Pick your choice and enjoy your reading! Remember good sites to buy original books on the web are www.play.com and www.thebookdepository.com both offer good prices and free delivery to your door, or www.amazon.com where you can find second-hand books although you’ll have to add up VAT and posting charges.

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  1. María
    June 2, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Some years ago, a teacher, Mate Fernández, gave me a interesting book: A Window On The Univers, by Jennifer Bassett. So, I think it´s a good reading too.

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