Decoda’s Summer Reading – Margaret Sutherland
Date posted: July 26, 2017
When I was a kid I would go and stay with my grandparents in Castlegar in the summer. Once my chores were done (I give credit to my grandma for many of my domestic skills), I was allowed to do pretty much what I liked. I liked to read. I churned through all the books on the shelf at the top of the stairs, lying on the bed, letting the warm (often very hot) air cocoon me and delighting in knowing that my mum and her siblings had read and loved the books before I discovered them.
I still love summer reading. This summer, I have been reading Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway series and have started on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Carl Morck series. I found The Sunday Times “50 Best Crime and Thriller Books” list online and got recommendations for both of these excellent series there. I like to read my way around the world of crime fiction and there are recommendations on this list from authors from many countries.
I’m currently reading the second book in Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. These are great summer reads – perfect for the beach or around the campfire. To quote a long retired Castlegar librarian, “they are light … but not frothy.” Recently, I enjoyed The Improbability of Love, a 2016 winner of the Wodehouse prize for comic fiction. Thanks to my daughter Sarah for recommending both of these.
Looking ahead, I have two award winning novels by Canadian authors on hold at the library: The Break by Katherena Vermette and Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. And, I’m looking forward to the release this fall of The Accordionist by Fred Vargas, a great crime writer from France.
Don’t hold back, if you have recommendations for us post them on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you. Happy reading!