What is another best thing to do during a summer, besides the beach, sun and sea? Disappearing into a good book and disperzing your horizons. Learning and improving skills can add value to your life. Reading novels to pass the time is a great way to exercise the brain. However, if reading every day and you will see changes in your vocabulary and writing skills. Reading is a fundamental skill that every human should develop.
Here are some picks to read this summer.
1. ‘Inland’ by Téa Obreht
The novelist Téa Obreht has been keping everyone waiting since her 2011 debut, “The Tiger’s Wife,” which has been widely celebrated. Her new novel is a ghost-story-meets-Western, inspired by a trip Obreht took to Arizona.
“Magnificent . . . brings to mind similar effects in, say, Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude or Toni Morrison’s Beloved.”—The Times Literary Supplement
2. ‘The Other Americans’ by Laila Lalami
The death of a Moroccan immigrant in the California dessert, casued of a hit-and-run, has been keeping everyone on their thoes. The many strands of the novel have been held together by the unfolding murder investigation. Could what looks like an accident possibly be a hate crime? It takes you from the moment of the crime back through the origin story of the family in America.
3. ‘Recursion’ by Blake Crouch
The sci-fi master of head games returns with another one. In fact Blake Crouch’s new novel has been following a detective. However, he is being called to the edge of a building where a woman is going to jump. She tells him: “I have false memory syndrome.”
“An action-packed, brilliantly unique ride that had me up late and shirking responsibilities until I had devoured the last page . . . a fantastic read.”—Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.
“People are suddenly waking up and remembering another life that has run parallel to the one that they’re living. However one is in color, and one is faded, in black and white, but they both feel real. Suddenly people have memories of a spouse or career that they never had. It ends up that it is something that’s happening because of a neuroscientist named Helena, who has invented kind of a time machine. I ignored my family so I could just get through the book, I wanted to know what was happening.” — Stephanie Curtis
4. ‘Furious Hours’ by Casey Cep
However in Casey Cep’s new book, we see how she has been trying to pursue a true crime story of her own.
Reverend Willie Maxwell has been a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a lawyer, he escapes justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend. Then, the preacher himself was killed. “Furious Hours” dives into the crime, but also the year Lee spent researching the story, though she never ended up writing a book on it.
5. ‘The Best Bad Things’ by Katrina Carrasco
“I haven’t read a novel like this in I don’t know how long … It features this fascinating female character. She’s a woman in a 19th century Northwestern frontier town. She dresses like a man or a woman, as needs be. She gets hooked up with the organized crime element of the town. She’s investigating, but she’s also trying to profit from the opium trade.” — Kerri Miller
“A brazen, brawny, sexy standout of a historical thrill ride, The Best Bad Things is full of unforgettable characters and insatiable appetites. I was riveted. Painstakingly researched and pulsing with adrenaline, Carrasco’s debut will leave you thirsty for more.” —Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham