2016 Summer Reading Recommendations

This is a TERRIFIC list to keep us occupied ALL summer (and maybe all winter). Primarily fiction. Great novels and mind warping mysteries. Several series that will satisfy those who develop a relationship with an author. Many nonfiction choices to challenge your thinking and bring historical perspective. Even a bit of poetry and a cook book!

I’ve looked up each one to be certain they are available on Amazon. Most are available for Kindle and many are audio. So we have covered your every need for summer reading!! The difficult choice is where to begin.

If you want to add your favorites, please post a comment!


Karen Dietrich recommends

  1. The New Spanish Table: 300 Vibrant Recipes, by Anya von Bremen (cookbook and history of Spain)
  2. A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems, by Fernando Pessoa
  3. In Diamond Square, by Mercè Rodoreda 
  4. The Two Faces of January, by Patricia Highsmith
  5. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective, by Kate Summerscale (true crime)

Ellen Peters recommends

  1. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  2. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson (nonfiction)
  3. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown (nonfiction)
  4. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain
  5. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce
  6. The Signature of all Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
  7. A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
  8. Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery (nonfiction)
  9. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (nonfiction)

Kate Casparius recommends

  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,  by Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer
  2. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving                 
  3. A Man called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
  4. Seed of Sarah, by Judith Isaacson
  5. Cordelia Underwood: or the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League, by Van Reid

Bill Tomas recommendations

  1. Psycho-Cybernetics, by Dr. Maxwell Maltz (nonfiction)

Fleurette Bannon recommendations

  1. Me Before You: A Novel, by  Jojo Moyes
  2. After You: A Novel, by Jojo Moyes
  3. A Fall of Marigolds, by Susan Messner
  4. Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay
  5. The Silver Boat, by  Luanne Rice

Jody Goodwin recommends

  1. One Second After, by William R. Forstchen 
  2. The Bregdan Chronicles (Historical Fiction romance Series), by Ginny Dye
  3. The Outlander series, by Diane Gabaldon
  4. The Haj, by Leon Uris
  5. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah 
  6. Lemon Tree, by Sandy Tolan

Mike Sheehy recommends

  1. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
  2. The Private Lives of the Impressionists, Sue Roe (nonfiction but reads like a novel)
  3. A Good Year, by Peter Mayle
  4. Turner, by Peter Ackroyd (biography)
  5. Anathem, Neal Stephenson
  6. The Chronicles of Amber Series, by Roger Zelazny 
  7. Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny

Shanna Cox recommends

  1. The Art of Social Enterprise: Business as if People Mattered, by Carl Frankel and Allen Bromberger (nonfiction)
  2. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck  (nonfiction)
  3. Community: The Structure of Belonging, by Peter Block (nonfiction)
  4. New Markets for Artists: How to Sell, Fund Projects, and Exhibit Using Social Media, DIY Pop-Ups, eBay, Kickstarter…, Brainard Carey (nonfiction)
  5. Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed, by Richard Michael Fischl and Jeremy Paul (nonfiction)

Judy Gervais recommends

  1. Boar Island (Anna Pigeon Mystery Series), by Nevada Barr
  2. LaRose, by Louise Erdrich
  3. Arctic Dreams, by Barry Lopez (nonfiction)
  4. Into Oblivion (An Inspector Erlendur Series), by Arnaldur Indridason
  5. Extraordinary People (The Enzo Files Series), by Peter May 

Toby Haber recommends

  1. Day the Falls Stood Still, by Cathy Buchanan
  2. Painted Girls, by Cathy Buchanan

I recommend

  1. Tom Mix and Pancho Villa, by Clifford Irving
  2. Fake, by Clifford Irving (anything by Clifford Irving) 
  3. Pirate Latitudes, by Michael Crichton
  4. Genevieve Lenard Series, by Estelle Ryan
  5. Gabriel Allon Series, by Daniel Silva
  6. Stones Fall, by Ian Pears
  7. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (my all time favorite; read for the 3rd time this winter)


One thought on “2016 Summer Reading Recommendations

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    Janine Valliere

    A Fall of Marigolds (Meissner) led me to her Secrets of a Charmed Life – I enjoyed that even more. Now on to a third!

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