Summer Reading

It’s almost summer time! The official date does not start for me until my last child is out of school for the summer. It becomes a little more relaxed around here, and business is usually slower… that means more time for reading!

So here is my suggested reading list for the summer. These books are not on the current best seller list, but they were at one time. I read them and they come highly recommended.

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The Color of Water by James McBride

James McBride knew his mother was different from everyone else. But one day when he asked her about it, she just replied, “I’m light-skinned.” She told him if anyone asked his business not to tell them.Later on as he wonders, he realized that he is different too so he simply asked his mother if he was white or black. “You’re a human being,” she snapped. “Educate your-self or you’ll be a nobody!” When James asked what color God was, she said, “God is the color of water..” As James begin to grow up in a strict environment with many brothers and sisters and the strange sense that their mother is hiding something from them, he begins to questions her. As he become an adult, he finally got her to tell her story of her unforgettable past.

Great book. Has a little bit of history, and lots of storytelling.

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The Woods by Harlen Coben

Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again. For Paul Copeland, the county prosecutor of Essex, New Jersey, mourning the loss of his sister has only recently begun to subside. Cope, as he is known, is now dealing with raising his six- year-old daughter as a single father after his wife has died of cancer. Balancing family life and a rapidly ascending career as a prosecutor distracts him from his past traumas, but only for so long. When a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the prosecutor’s family are threatened. Is this homicide victim one of the campers who disappeared with his sister? Could his sister be alive? Cope has to confront so much he left behind that summer twenty years ago: his first love, Lucy; his mother, who abandoned the family; and the secrets that his Russian parents might have been hiding even from their own children. Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truths can be brought to the light.

Great mystery book. A real page turner!

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The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom

A specially produced paperback edition with flaps — of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller, that has sold more than six million copies in hardcover.
Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret. Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever. One by one, Eddie’s five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure? The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself. In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you’ve ever thought about the afterlife — and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who loved “Tuesdays with Morrie”, will treasure.

I love all of Mitch Albom’s books. Quick short read. His books always leave you thinking about life.

Do you have some great books that you can recommend?

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