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Booking Through Hot Reads?

btt buttonNow that summer is here (in the northern hemisphere, anyway), what is the most “Summery” book you can think of? The one that captures the essence of summer for you?

(I’m not asking for you to list your ideal “beach reading,” you understand, but the book that you can read at any time of year but that evokes “summer.”)


Moleskine’s Answer: Past experiences have it that so-called summer reading is synonymous with brainless and fluffy novels that made me wonder why I have even bothered with them. Recently I found a book called The Scenic Route by Binnie Kirshenbaum that might challenge this stereotypical notion. To be honest, the scenic cover is what attracted me at first. Obviously this soft-focus jacket art is a sure-win allure to woman readers even though bookstores do not make an effort to market it as chick lit. The story evokes that of Under the Tuscan Sun, except this is fiction: a divorcee woman met a man at a cafe in Italy and decided to cancel all her plan and drove along with him. It’s perfectly set up for the beach although I am not sure if I’ll get to it this summer. My whim overrides everything else, even the season.

For me this summer would be one highlighted with Victorian mysteries and other literary thrillers, as my recent acquisitions have revealed. I’ll be taking up Rebecca, The Moonstone, The Heat of the Day, Angel’s Gme, and some of Agatha Christie mysteries.


38 Responses

  1. Excellent choices for this summer! I loved Rebecca and The Moonstone and have The Angel’s Game on my TBR pile. =)

  2. Mysteries are perfect summer reading. I’m reading The Angel’s Game right now and enjoying it quite a lot, although so far it doesn’t seem to be quite the equal of his Shadow of the Wind. Rebecca is one of my favorites – I’ve read it many times.

  3. Ah- Agatha Christie. I love her books no matter how often I’ve read them. I’ve got The Angel’s Game sitting on my shelf right now, too, I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

  4. Let me know what you think of your summery book once you’re done. And of Angel’s Game. Everyone’s been reading it but few have been reviewing it!

  5. Didn’t know you like romance novels, Matt? 🙂 Rebecca is one of my favorite books that I have read many times.

  6. Mysteries are always great summer fare

  7. I have the scenic route and yes it is a interesting cover. I think my summer read is Barefoot. I like book that have some meat to it. Not just fluff. Thats why I liked Barefoot. Don’t like romance at all.

  8. Good choice! I like the rest of your picks as well. Happy reading!

  9. Victorian mysteries and literary thrillers are perfect summertime fare! My tolerance for fluffy reads has been pretty low lately…

  10. I can’t believe you are reading chick lit!

    I like your other choices!

  11. Chick lit is fine for a quick easy read.

    Rebecca is one of my favourite books, love The Moonstone and AC’s books too. Happy reading!

  12. I definitely want scenic route now, you are right, it’s such an attractive cover, I would have bought the book just for that 🙂

  13. Thanks for visiting my blog Matt! Hope that you enjoy the scenic route. That’s really interesting that you read mysteries during the Summer, I like reading them in the Winter when the weather is really bad! Happy BTT!

  14. Sounds pretty summery! I’m reading a Binnie Kirshenbaum book now for my book club.

  15. 2 books immediately came to mind when you asked which books evoke summer, no matter what time of year it is: The Little Friend (Donna Tartt) and Atonement (Ian McEwan).

    Why? Because both books describe the slow passage of time in a hot summer in a very evocative way.

    It’s strange that I should think of these books because we don’t really have that kind of summers in The Netherlands! :\

  16. I always associate summer with India (my cultural habitat) and so for me Summery reads will be Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, Rebecca Ryman’s Olivia and Jai, and E. M. Foster’s A Passage to India.

  17. You’re right…I’m drawn to that cover and now I think I just might read it!!!

  18. Thanks for the “invoking summer” book suggestion. As winter kicks in down here in Australia I am on the look out for books that at least make me think of summer!

  19. I admit when summer comes along I want a lot of “women” stories. So not quite chick lit but good dramas. But a book that invokes summer… Hmm, I can’t quite think of one title although I would say a lot of southern fiction is good for that – books by Fannie Flagg come to mind.

  20. Meghan:
    I’m halfway through Moonstone and Rebecca! 🙂

  21. JLS Hall:
    I personally think Shadow of the Wind is difficult to be surpassed. I’ll keep an eye of your thoughts. 🙂

  22. Carol:
    I never get tired of re-reading Agatha Christie. I don’t remember most of the stories except for Murder on the Orient Express. So I’m always thrilled and have to hold my breath. 🙂

  23. lena:
    Almost through with The Moonstone and Rebecca. The thing with these books is that they are such page-turners and I have to stock up more often.

  24. John:
    Haha…they’re not strictly romance, just a bit lighter fare. 🙂

  25. Jacqueline C:
    I enjoy reading them along the pool. 🙂

  26. Susan:
    I have not heard of Barefoot but have written it down to check out. 🙂

  27. Amy Reads Good Books:
    I’m excited about summer reads, check back for my thoughts. 🙂

  28. JoAnn:
    I enjoy books that are more substanced, to give me thoughts and ideas to write reviews. Fluffy books almost make me feel there is no point reviewing them.

  29. gautami tripathy:
    Hahaha….just a couple for the summer. Regular programming will resume! 🙂

  30. BooksPlease:
    Almost everyone says rebecca is the favorite read. My expectation has mounted more and more! 🙂

  31. Violet:
    The Scenic Route seems like a book written for vacation. I’m saving it for the sunny trip to southern California! 🙂

  32. Dot:
    Comfort reads are great sources of consolation in overcast cold weather. 🙂

  33. Marie:
    You’re the first echo of Binnie Kirshenbaum. I guess he’s known for his mysteries? 🙂

  34. gnoegnoe:
    I have read Atonement but I’m putting The Little Friend on my list. 🙂

  35. rhodoraonline:
    As usual, your selections are classics and classy. I haven’t read Kim.

  36. Staci:
    I don’t usually judge from cover but after reading the blurb I’m truly sold. 🙂

  37. Karen:
    Summer reads are also comfort reads that are comforting and relaxing, as supposed books that I have to wrestle with.

  38. iliana:
    I think summer reads sometimes can be a lot of drama. But they usually warrant good, seizing plot.

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