Monday, August 19, 2019

The Books of Summer 2019

I know summer isn't quite over yet, but let's talk about those books we read sweating on a beach, sitting in the shade by a lake, sipping iced tea in a cafĂ© or, if you were anything like me, curling up in a chair with the air conditioner on high. 

I read a lot of really good books this summer, more than I can list here, so I'm focusing on the ones I read between May and mid-August that I gave "5 stars" to over on Goodreads.  

These four fall into my go-to genre - mystery/suspense: 

THE INVITED by Jennifer McMahon - Jennifer McMahon is one of those authors where I don't even read the description of the book, I just buy it. 

SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS by Charlie Donlea - If you haven't read Charlie Donlea yet, you are in for such a treat. You won't go wrong with any of his novels.

DEAR WIFE by Kimberly Belle - You might think you know what's going on . . . . 

THE TURN OF THE KEY by Ruth Ware - Old-school gothic horror set in a new "smart" house, this story not only has scenes so creepy, they made me shiver (and it was not the air conditioning) but also twists that left me gasping for breath.

This next batch is a mix of middle grade and young adult: 

HEROINE by Mindy McGinnis - Mindy writes across genres, but this is my absolute favorite of her contemporary YA.

AUGUST ISLE by Ali Standish - I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this book. 

WE WALKED THE SKY – by Lisa Fiedler - This historical fiction novel reminds me in the best way of Sara Gruen's WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. I'm also a sucker for a dual storyline, especially when both – past and present - are told from the points of view of female tightrope walkers. 

I actually read these next two earlier this year in ARC form, but since they came out this summer, I'm including them here with my reviews from Goodreads.

AFTER THE END by Clare Mackintosh - "This story will shred your heart but will also stitch it back together. The process won't be pretty, and it won't look or feel the same, but it will be whole again in its own way. This is a story of so many things - marriage, family, choices, grief, hope - but at its core, it is a love story, through and through." (I received an ARC through a giveaway on Goodreads.)

NEVER HAVE I EVER by Joshilyn Jackson - "Joshilyn Jackson takes her much-loved Southern fiction voice and her women's fiction genre and edges them with a sharp darkness that is absolutely thrilling. This is not a flip-the-pages-as-fast-as-you-can suspense novel. This is a sit-inside-the-story tale where the twists and turns are slow and subtle yet leave you shaken by their power. As a long time fan of Ms. Jackson's, I am thrilled to see her take on - and thrive! - in this new genre. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next." (I received an ARC through a giveaway on BookBrowse.) 


Have you read any of these? Plan to? Did you read anything this summer that blew you away?  Are we Friends over on Goodreads? (If not, let's fix that! Click on the Find Me On Goodreads link in the sidebar.)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You read a lot of books. Not read any of those, but I did knock a few out this summer.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

And this list doesn't even include all the 4 star ones I read. :)

I hope you read some good ones this summer, Alex!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You did read a lot of books. I read two. I hang my head in shame.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

There is no shame here at TSR! Two is better than zero. And the bigger question is, did you enjoy them? :)

Anonymous said...

I haven't read any of those and nothing has really blown me away this year.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

That's too bad on all accounts! The summer's almost over but there is still a good chunk of the year left. I'm sure you'll find something amazing. You could always start with one or two of the books in this post, if any speak to you. :)

emaginette said...

Thanks. Now my TBR pile is even larger. NO! I mean it. Thanks. ;-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

My job here is done. :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

I love your recommendations, Madeline. I added a couple more from your post that I didn't already have marked "Want to Read" on Goodreads.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'm so glad! That makes me happy. :)

And I'm always interested to see what you're reading over on Goodreads.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've read some of those authors but not those particular books. I should have figured you like some of the scary ones.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Ha on the scary ones! You all know me so well. :)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I've read a mountain of books this summer, but not a single one of these, so thanks for the recommendations. I'll definitely check some of them out. (My TBR mountain is higher than K-2!)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You're very welcome!

I have a tall stack of library books on my nightstand but guess what I'm reading? A book I already own!