Category Archives: Book Recs

Are you Reading this Summer?

When I think about summer I think of going to the beach, enjoying the outdoors, vacations, pools and delicious food at BBQs. My summer was spent going to the beach, boating and going on a few mini vacations which included Boston and upstate New York. I have a few “firsts” that happened to me. First time on a sailboat, first time whale watching and the first time in a cavern. It was also the first time I didn’t bring a book to read other than travel guides!

Others, however have been busy catching up on assigned summer reading. This year’s theme seems to be classic literature as many people have been asking for To Kill a Mockingbird, Great Expectations and The Grapes of Wrath to name a few. Summer reading is a rite of passage, and believe it or not some of these classics are actually good! Great Expectations by Charles Dickens has the most memorable characters in literature and if you have not read it I suggest you start there. You can also check out this list.

What time of the year do you read most? For me when the temperatures start to drop I’m sure I will pick up a few books along the way. Nevertheless, if you follow me on GoodReads a book or two will appear on my list even in the summer months.

Long Island Fiction

I recently did a Long Island Fiction book display. The books seemed to be pretty popular, because I had to refill the display a few times. One of the authors that I featured on this display is none other than Nelson Demille. For those of you who haven’t read any of his works I would suggest the John Corey series.

The first book in this series which I have read is called Plum Island. In this book you meet a very charismatic protagonist. He’s a brilliant detective, but he is also funny and sarcastic. His inner monologues really makes the book a pleasure to read, even though you are reading about a vicious double murder. Another thing Demille does very well is describe the sights and sounds of Long Island.

A series sounds like a lot of commitment, but don’t worry book two The Lion’s Game is just as good as the first if not better. In an interview Demille stated that he never intended on making Plum Island a series so the The Lion’s Game has the same sarcastic main character, but without a prolonged continuous plot line. In other words you can pick up any book in the series and not miss out. In this second book Corey is on the hunt for an international terrorist. Although this was published before the events of 9/11 the story line is eerily similar to the political situation we have now. Demille explains in his introduction that the similarity is due to all of the research and interviews he conducted with law enforcement in preparation of writing the book.

If you’ve flown from Long Island MacArthur airport or have been to the Cradle of Aviation Museum you’ll be delighted to find out how Demille sneaks these Long Island places into his book.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


A blind French girl, Marie Laurie, escapes to her great-uncle’s house in Saint-Malo, France with her father during World War II.  When her father is imprisoned, Marie Laurie assists the resistance in her town along with the help of her great-uncle. She also guards a secret that her father left with her. Marie Laurie crosses paths with Werner, a young German soldier, and they save each other in more ways than one. This beautiful novel  is told in alternating voices & is highly recommended for young adult fans of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is also good for teens who enjoy a layered story told with nuanced  language. This is an adult book with adult themes so it is recommended for older teens.

Check out the Author’s website for a more detailed summary


A Week of Light Reading

Our library was closed for several days for asbestos abatement. Now that everything is back to normal I’d like to share with you what I’ve read!

JacketBride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers

Recommended for lovers of historical fiction, this book follows the life of Laure Beasejour, a young, French orphan who is transported to the Canadian colony as part of a program sponsored by King Louis XIV that sent eight hundred young women abroad to marry settlers.

Jacket (1)Off the Record (Record Book 1) by K.A. Linde

Liz Dougherty’s a college newspaper reporter finds herself covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Although his politics rubs Liz the wrong way, their relationship turns into a secret, high-stakes romance that could destroy the careers they each hold dear. Recommended for fans of erotic novels, new adult books and contemporary romance.

dfgOn the Record (Record Book 2) by K.A. Linde

For Liz Dougherty, election day is a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past. But feelings for her former flame still linger. Find out how the romance drama ensues in the second book in the series.

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party


The author M.T. Anderson sets out to describe the indescribable. In Revolutionary-era  Boston, Octavian’s role in the household is slowly revealed through diaries, letters, and other manuscripts . It is a moving but horrific tale that discusses slavery, freedom, intellectual life & human nature. Written for grades 9 & up – Adults will find this is a fascinating story told in an original voice. Highly recommended.