Summer Reading Recap

School starts tomorrow at our house so now is a good time to look back on a busy summer. Here’s a recap of what I read in June, July and August. Click on the titles for the full review.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet picHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Rating:  ***

A sentimental World War II love story about a Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl who is sent with her family to a Japanese internment camp.

Slaughterhouse-FiveSlaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Rating:  *****

Excellent satirical novel about violence and war. A genius mix of fiction and Vonnegut’s experience as a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II.

Just Enough JeevesVery Good, Jeeves &
Joy in the Morning
by P.G. Wodehouse
Rating:  *****

From the collection of stories, Just Enough Jeeves.  Hilarious and clever, a light but smart retreat to the upper class world of England’s Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves.

Second Street StationSecond Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy
Rating:  ****

An engaging historical fiction murder mystery about the first female detective in Brooklyn. Lawrence Levy’s first of a series.

America AmericaAmerica America by Ethan Canin
Rating:  ***

A political drama about the rise and fall of a United States presidential candidate in 1972.

The TranscriptionistThe Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland
Rating:  ***

Rowland’s debut novel about a newspaper transcriptionist and an unlikely news connection.

the valley of amazament picThe Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
Rating:  ** 1/2

Saga about mother and daughter and courtesan life in Shanghai, China during the 1890s and 1900s.

Candidate_cover5Candidate by Tracy Ewens
Rating:  ****

Smart political romance full of fun, tantalizing banter and romantic tension.

IMG_1890“The Man Who Knew Belle Starr” by Richard Bausch
Rating:  *****

Jarring short fiction about strangers meeting, misinterpreted remarks and unstable situations.

I read some good stuff this summer!  How about you?

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