5. What are you favorite late-summer reads?
I hope you guys are ready, cause Day 5 is coming right at you! First of all, thank you so much for tuning in and reading my blog posts. You guys are awesome and I love you! Secondly, this is a post that goes perfectly with Book Review Friday, so I was pretty ecstatic to jump on the train with this one. However, since my library has way too many books to talk about, I figured I’d only talk about the Big Three books that I’ve read just this last summer
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
This is always a fun book to read. I was introduced to Agatha and her lovable detective Hercule Poirot on the Orient Express in 7th grade (the film version of Murder on the Orient Express from 1974 remains to be one of my all-time favorite movies to this day). Since then, I’ve explored the world of the early 1900’s, a time that was blissful and optimistic after the end of World War 1, and the story that caught my eye the most was Death on the Nile. Christie spent a lot of her time and money traveling in her life, and her experience shows as she takes her stories outside of England. In the case of Death on the Nile, she takes us to, you guessed it, Egypt.
What I love most about Death on the Nile is the relationships between all the characters, even as Poirot digs through their collective past to reveal some unwanted secrets. The murder is also a very clever plot, which you don’t really see these days in modern mystery shows (save for a select few). Classy and elegant, even in the scorching Egyptian heat, Death on the Nile is, I think, one of Christie’s best novels to enjoy in late summer.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The novel that started it all, nothing beats late summer like a classic from the late 90’s (man I feel old saying that, that’s almost 20 years ago now!). Before we had to worry about Horcruxes, Deathly Hallows, and that horrendous woman in pink, little Harry not only met the two best friends a wizard could have, but also found a home at Hogwarts. In doing so, Rowling takes us away from our own cupboards under the stairs and allows us to remember what’s important – even when the heat is driving us mad.
The Carpenter by Jon Gordon
I already talked about The Carpenter in my first book review (if you want, you can catch up here!) so I’ll keep this one brief. I don’t have a history with this novel like I did with the other two, however, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it and give me fresh perspective. A definite cool down to combat my hot air, I would still recommend The Carpenter to anyone looking for a good late summer read (though, really, you can read it any time of the year).
Is there a good late-summer read you love? Let me know in the comments or that beautiful Contact page!