I kicked off the summer reading hard and heavy! As soon as we started our break from school, I checked out a huge stack of books from the library and got serious about devouring as much as I could, as fast as I could. Call me a book glutton, I don’t mind. Of course, now that we are drawing our break to a close, my reading has tapered off enormously. Here are some of the titles I read over the last couple of months:
Idaho (Emily Ruskovich) | Ann cares for her husband Wade, who suffers from early onset dementia, on their secluded property in rural Idaho. She is trying to piece together the truth about Wade’s first wife, Jenny, and what happened to their daughters. The tragedy that tore apart Wade’s first family was big news in their small town, but the details of what really happened that day were only known by two people. One of those people is no longer the man he once was, and Jenny has made a new life for herself while serving a long prison term. Ann is desperate to know all she can about her and over the span many years, an unlikely friendship is forged.
Small Great Things (Jodi Picoult) | Ruth has been a labor and delivery nurse for decades. When she is ordered not to touch a newborn because his white supremacist parents are offended by the color of her skin, she is hurt. When the same baby goes into cardiac arrest and she is the only available nurse to resuscitate him, Ruth is faced with an unthinkable dilemma. When the baby subsequently dies, her whole life is turned upside down.
The Guineveres (Sarah Domet) | Within a year, four girls named Guinevere are left to be raised by the nuns at the Sisters of Supreme Adoration convent. Vere, Win, Ginny and Gwen become fast friends as they are thrust into this new environment, but when four unidentified comatose soldiers are brought to the convent’s infirmary for care, the foundation of everything they hope for is changed forever.
The Mothers (Brit Bennett) | When Nadia’s mother commits suicide, the teenager doesn’t know where to turn to hide her grief. She finds consolation in an intense new relationship with the pastor’s son, Luke. But when she realizes that their passion has resulted in an unplanned pregnancy, abortion seems like the logical solution. The shadow of that summer fling and the decision they made together follows both Nadia and Luke as the rest of their lives unfold.
The Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien) | I’m actually still working on this one! I’m probably one of the only people left who’s never read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I did read the Hobbit when I was younger, several times! But never this. SO, for those who don’t know the story and have never seen the movies (Is there anyone? I’m doubting that, but here goes…) Bilbo Baggins happened on the One Ring many years ago and took it, never realizing the power it held. Now Frodo has inherited the Ring, and Gandalf has discovered the nature of the Ring, now coveted by powers of evil. There’s only one thing for Frodo to do: he must journey with his companions to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy the Ring before it falls into the wrong hands.