Saturday, August 16, 2014


Although August is chugging past us and we're starting to think about the end of summer, there is still time to read some of the hot new books on the shelves at the Monrovia Public Library. Opinions differ on what makes a good beach read, but books that have any of the following qualify: romance, mystery, a fast-paced plot, a summer theme and humor.
Summer House With Pool by David Koch is a thriller about an actor who invites his doctor and the doctor’s family to spend a vacation together. A strange incident occurs and later leads to the death of the actor.  

The Arsonist by Sue Miller is about mysterious fires in a small New Hampshire town. Only the homes of the summer visitors are set on fire in this book filled with suspense.

Humor and time travel highlight Rainbow Rowell’s Landline, about a TV sitcom writer whose slightly rocky marriage convinces her to not go on a family vacation, but to return to the house where she grew up to write for a new television show. When she picks up the phone in her old bedroom to call her husband, she discovers that she is talking to him not in the present, but when they were dating. 

On the island of Nantucket a happily married matchmaker, with 42 couples to her credit, becomes reacquainted with the person she loved many years before. The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand is a five hanky weeper that will keep you turning the pages.

And, if you are looking for more books to read take a look at this list from NPR called The 100 Best Beach Books Ever chosen by 16,000 listeners.

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