May Staff Reading Recommendations

This month's recommendations were chosen by Emily Snyder, Children's Librarian at TCPL. Be sure to add these "trashy" picks to your summer reading list!
There's something about reading during the summer months that makes me so happy. I feel less pressure to pursue those serious, non-fiction books that I should be filling my head with and more freedom to indulge in whatever I want! 

(Although let's face it, I never do end up getting to the non-fiction. Life is too short!) 

I always refer to my summer reading list as my "trashy" reads. People who know me well know that this doesn't mean anything risque, but rather that I'm loosening my standards for a few months and letting my literary hair down. 

If you're trying to decide on some great light stories to take with you on that family vacation to Florida, or just want to change things up a bit this summer, allow me: 

1.) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 

Last summer on a seemingly never ending road trip to Northern Ohio with my then one-year-old, I listened to Liane's story Big Little Lies and honestly, it may be the only reason we made it there and back with my sanity in tact. I've read several of her books since then, and there's really no bad starting place. The Husband's Secret, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story... doesn't matter. Just grab one and dive in!

2.) The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand 

Set on the island of Nantucket, Hilderbrand's novels seem to me to be the perfect indulgent summer reads. If you like The Castaways, you're in luck! Ms. Elin has about a billion more titles for you to choose from! 

3.) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I'll admit I had the ending to this book figured out long before it came, but I also spent most of the time I was reading thinking "surely not!" This is probably about as far away from my usual genre as things get, but it was well worth it! Get a head start on this book before you go see the movie this summer, and then check out the sequel After You by Jo Jo Moyes.

So what's on my "to read" list for this summer you might ask? Besides trying to catch up on the loss of sleep that happens when you welcome a newborn into the family, I might try to sneak in time for the following books while on maternity leave:

The Lake House by Kate Merton (full disclosure, I started this book on audio and was really enjoying it, so much so that I decided I wanted to actually read it and not listen to it!)

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen 

Summer Secrets by Jane Green

Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter 

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman 

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica 

And of course...more Elin Hilderbrand!

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