Month: July 2018

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Summer Reading: Destination C – Read a Book Set in a Different Country

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination C: Read a Book Set in a Different Country is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

“Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl.”

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

 

 

 

 

 

“Bobby and I first met Melissa at a poetry night in town, where we were performing together.”

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

 

 

 

 

“Alice Della Roca hated ski school.”

The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

 

 

 

 

 

“When the phone rang I was in the kitchen, boiling a potful of spaghetti and whistling along with an FM broadcast of the overture to Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie, which has to be the perfect music for cooking pasta.”

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

 

 

 

 

“All day, the colors had been those of dusk, mist moving like a water creature across the great flanks of mountains possessed of ocean shadows and depths.”

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

Cathleen’s Pick: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

Cathleen Staff Pick photoPopping the question to her boyfriend of ten years was part of Delia’s plan; seeing his panicked text to another woman that same night was…not. It’s Not Me, It’s You is a darkly comic journey of self-discovery through misadventure. Witty, sometimes wacky, but also pointedly real, Mhairi McFarlane’s story is one to cheer.

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for any one of the following categories:

A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
C. Read a book set in a different country. (England)
G. Read a romance. (of sorts)

Summer Reading: Destination O – Read a Book with a Main Character Near Retirement Age

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination O: Read a Book with a Main Character Near Retirement Age is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

“It was a love song. At least it started out that way.”

The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues by Edward Kelsey Moore

 

 

 

 

 

“‘I’m dying and I know it.’ Cliff Cooper stretched out a hand to me. ‘Will you help me, Jessica?'”

The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain

 

 

 

 

 

“You might think he could have made up his mind earlier, and been man enough to inform his surroundings of his decision.”

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

 

 

 

 

“A few minutes after two in the morning Rebecca Winter woke to the sound of a gunshot and sat up in bed.”

Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen

 

 

 

 

“They finally stopped me at Dover as I was trying to get back into the country.”

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

Summer Reading: Destination K – Read a Book Set in Two Different Time Periods

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination K: Read a Book Set in Two Different Time Periods is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

“He should never have taken that shortcut.”

Timeline by Michael Crichton

 

 

 

 

 

“A single line of blood trickles down the pale underside of her arm, a red seam on a white sleeve.”

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

 

 

 

 

 

“The Christening party took a turn when Albert Cousins arrived with gin.”

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

 

 

 

 

 

Outlander book cover

“It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.”

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 

 

 

 

 

Homegoing book cover

“The night Effia Otcher was born into the musky heat of Fanteland, a fire raged through the woods outside her father’s compound.”

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Summer Reading: Destination L – Read a Book Set in the Chicagoland Area

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination L: Read a Book Set in the Chicagoland Area is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

“I should feel sorrier.”

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

 

 

 

 

 

“Phoebe Somerville outraged everyone by bringing a French poodle and a Hungarian lover to her father’s funeral.”

It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Philips

 

 

 

 

“The heat and the tawdry sameness of the road drugged everyone to silence.”

Bitter Medicine by Sara Paretsky

 

 

 

 

 

“Nine-year-old Pharoah Rivers stumbled to his feet.”

There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz

 

 

 

 

 

“We didn’t always live on Mango Street.”

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros