Books to relax with on Labor Day

It’s Labor Day in the U.S., and a perfect time to relax with a book! Here are five I enjoyed. Maybe you will too!

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman – I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife, who live alone on an island off Western Australia. They discover a boat that has washed ashore, carrying a dead man and a crying baby and their decisions on that day shape the rest of their lives.

Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor – If you have ever wondered about the reclusive life of Emily Dickinson, you will enjoy this biographical novel about Dickinson and the accompanying fictional coming-of-age story about her young Irish maid.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Associate Genetics Professor Don Tillman is an awkward single guy. He’s thirty-nine, has only a few friends, and is looking for a partner, what he calls the “Wife Problem.” I laughed all the way through this story!

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – Can a house be a character in a book? Tyler’s twentieth novel incorporates the author’s favorite themes of family and relationships into a story about the family home where three generations have lived.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – A.J. Fikry is a prickly young widower and owner of a small island bookstore. Business is bad and his favorite book rep has been replaced by the quirky Amelia Loman. He’s lost, but at least he still has his rare edition of poetry by Edgar Allan Poe. Until it’s stolen. A charming tale about love, friendship and family.

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31 thoughts on “Books to relax with on Labor Day

  1. It seems you and I enjoy similar books, Barbara. I’ve read The Light Between Oceans and A Spool of Blue Thread. Enjoyed both tremendously. I have read several of Anne Tyler’s books but I’m disappointed that M.L. Stedman hasn’t written any other books.

  2. You are kind to suggest these, but I have multiple books on my Kindle, and a paperback to review for a friend. I like paperbacks better than digital, so I may relax with book in hand and feet up! Thanks, Barbara.

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