First off, what do I label as a SUMMER READ?
A summer read is a novel that is light-hearted, with vibrant characters and a fast-paced plot. It’s a novel you can read during cool summer evenings, on a weekend outside the city, on the beach, or in a tent perched on top of a mountain. The best ones have a happy ending – that’s my personal preference.
Hopefully, you already got the point. (Because if not, I can go on for another half an hour explaining what exactly I mean by summer reads.)
Now on to the best part: I have these books in my personal library and they are available for borrowing. Read on and I’ll let you know how you can do that at the end of this article.
Here are 3 fiction books I think you’ll enjoy these last weeks of summer.
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
A book that introduces you to Mma Ramotswe, a traditionally-built African lady, who decides to become Botswana’s first woman detective. It’s no secret that McCall Smith is one of my most-read authors, and his subtle wit, humble wisdom and beautifully simple writing is at its best when he writes about Africa, about its people and stories. I have to warn you, though – you’ll crave rooibos tea if you’ve had it before and will hunt for it in your local shops if you haven’t.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
This summer’s discovery for me (about time!) – there is nothing quite like a good old detective story to take your mind off things and keep you up reading way into the night. Agatha Christie is mind-blowing when it comes to unexpected endings, let me tell you. I usually have a number of suspects (even unexpected ones, which I think is very smart of me), only to find out that the killer is someone you have never considered, not for a second. Whether you’re into detectives or not, you might want to give her books a try.
Savannah from Savannah, Denise Hildreth
A fun, down-to-earth novel about a young woman recently out of Journalism school, who comes back to her hometown to write for the local newspaper. Savannah’s feisty charm and sense of humour is what makes this books just right for when you’re tanning on the beach. I have the second book in the series: Savannah Comes Undone, if you happen to like the first one.
I’d be glad to make some more recommendations, depending on what you like to read. I’d be happy to lend you something from my (recently expanded) library, too. Let me know if you’d like me to write more on this subject!
As most of the books I recommend will be enjoyed more by girls – though not only – I was wondering: would you like my husband Igor to recommend a few of his more manly summer preferences (and books available to borrow)? If you do, then it’s your job to nag him about it: leave a comment here or send a tweet his way.
How to borrow one of these books?
You can leave a comment (you’ll have to add your e-mail, and name) and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Please only do so if you live in Chisinau, Moldova. We will then arrange to meet over e-mail, so I can give you the book and decide how long you can have it for. (Yes, I do want the books back!)
Which book do you want to read first?