Books to Breeze into Summer With

Summer is just around the corner. Finally! Are you looking for a book to take to the cottage or read on the beach. Check out these new or upcoming releases to get your summer reading started:


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine / Gail Honeyman

Mainstream Fiction: Honeyman tells the story of socially awkward office worker Eleanor Oliphant whose monotonous life is disrupted with the advent of two events. One, meeting Raymond, the bumbling new IT guy at work. Two, when she and Raymond witness a man collapse on the street.  This humorous book has both romance and suspense but at its heart its a warm and uplifting story about breaking out of ones shell and living life.

Plus, this quirky novel has been getting a lot of buzz even before its release in May. In fact, Reese Witherspoon who has produced popular book-turned-movies such as Gone Girl and Wild has already snatched up the movie rights.


Magpie murders / Anthony HorowitzMagpie Murder

Mystery: Horowitz writes a book within a book in his latest intricately plotted foray into mystery (best know for his young adult Alex Rider series). Susan Ryeland is an editor who receives the latest manuscript of mystery author Alan Conway. However the ending seems to be missing. And Alan Conway has just committed suicide. So begins an engaging search into what really happened both to the end of the manuscript and to Alan himself.

The author created a 1950’s style whodunnit that will surely attract fans of the great Agatha Christie (ie. ME!).  Though complex, this author has been getting a lot of praise for this well-thought out work.


See What I Have Done See What I Have Done / Sarah Schmidt

Historical Fiction: This upcoming debut repackages the infamous  and engrossing story of the accused axe-murderer Lizzie Borden both before and after the murders of her father and stepmother.  Schmidt tells the story from the points of view of Lizzie, her sister Emma, the maid Bridget, and a mysterious stranger named Benjamin.

Although, this book has not yet been released, it is already racking up some really great reviews. This might be one to watch for those of you that are interested in historical fiction with a dark undertone.



Rich People Problems / Kevin KwanRich People Problems

Mainstream Fiction: Rich People Problems picks up the story of the Shang-Young clan, as they all rush to the deathbed of the matriarch of the family, each vying to get their share of the extremely large pie.

This was a book that I was looking forward to read as I really enjoyed the previous two books in this trilogy, “Crazy Rich Asians” and “China Rich Girlfriend”. Though not as fun as the first one, this witty book was still an engaging and enjoyable read. Plus,”Crazy Rich Asians” has been adapted into an upcoming film starring Constance Wu (“Fresh off the Boat).