We are halfway through Summer Reading but great books still lie ahead! Check out some of our recent favorites:
Inside the O’Briens
by Lisa Genova
From the New York Times bestselling author of “Still Alice” Lisa Genova comes a powerful and transcendent new novel about a family struggling with the impact of Huntington’s disease. This book is similar to “Still Alice”, but I liked that the author went into more depth regarding the family members reactions to the disease and how it effects their lives.
14th Deadly Sin
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Detective Lindsay Boxer and her three best friends are back and recovering from the events that pushed them all to the edge.
But a new terror is sweeping the streets of San Francisco. A gang dressed as cops are ransacking the city, and leaving a string of dead bodies in their wake. Lindsay is on the case to track them down and needs to discover whether these killers could actually be police officers. Maybe even cops she already knows…
by Charles Portis
Better than either film adaptation, Portis’ “True Grit” is a masterpiece of American literature worth reading, among other reasons, for the dialogue between obstinately persistent Mattie Ross and tough guy Rooster Cogburn.
by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant
First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn’t even bother to deny the alien ships’ existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with internet) has already shown the populace what is coming. So the news has turned from evasion to triage, urging calm and offering the few facts they have: The objects are enormous, perfectly round spheres numbering in the dozens, maybe hundreds. They are on an approach vector for Earth. And they will arrive in six days.
Every Fifteen Minutes
by Lisa Scottoline
I was attracted to this novel because of my background studying psychology. That being said, I had to make a conscious choice not to quibble over the difference between sociopath and psychopath, because I feel pretty strongly that the character in question seriously blurred those lines and was really a psychopath… but since my DSM is a little dusty, I let that go and truly enjoyed this book with all its plot twists and turns. Fast-paced and filled with suspense, the pages all but turned themselves. I did not want to put this one down!
When To Rob a Bank : …and 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-intended Rants
by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
If you’re not a regular reader of the “Freakonomics” blog, this is a great curated collection of their best blog posts. While not as in-depth as previous “Freakonomics” books, Levitt and Dubner’s latest is still filled with plenty of entertaining ideas filtered through their unique perspective.