Summer Reading

While we were in Hawaii, my main activity was lounging poolside with a book (pina colada in hand depending on the time of day!). Since I sunburn easily, most of my swimming was done in the early morning or during cloud breaks, which left the majority of my day hiding under a big umbrella with my nose in a book. I've always been a voracious reader, but haven't had much time to read in the last few years. So I took full advantage of the time and read four novels (the long plane ride helped too!).

First I read The Art of Hearing Heartbeats. This was a great love story, set in Burma in the early 1900's. Beautifully written - I couldn't believe this was the author's first book in English!

Then it was onto The Lost Hours by Karen White. Young woman experiencing tragedy and heartbreak, discovers a secret in her ailing grandmother's past. She sets off to discover all she can from her grandmother's former best friend by (of course) pretending to be someone else and falling for the friend's tragedy-stricken grandson. And she learns to conquer her fears to ride horses again. I enjoyed this, but it was a little predictable. I felt like pieces were given away too soon, but then it dragged. Still, I love a little mystery and it takes place in the South.

Then I tackled The Family Fang, a quick read but totally fun. The now adult children of two performance artists are forced to move back home, deal with the weirdness that has been their life, and search for their suddenly missing and presumed dead parents. Funny, painful, and interesting. Telling Ryan to read it next so we can discuss.

Last, I chose another "returns to find mystery in grandparent's past" called The Orchid House. So many parallels to the The Lost Hours, but I enjoyed it much more. Parts of this are also set in Thailand. More tragedy. Twists you'll NEVER see coming. I liked it.


I just added all of these books to my Amazon store (along with other items I love to recommend and items from/similar to our home). Shop them here.

What have you been reading? Now that I'm on a kick, I feel like I gotta keep my momentum up!