I feel like summer is half over, yet I haven’t compiled my book list. So I’m grabbing my huge stack of books and pulling some out for my July and August reading. I’m going to be on a lot of airplanes within the next two weeks so I hope I can get lots of reading done!
I always feel like a part of me isn’t whole if I don’t get a little bit of reading in each week. Here what I have on my list so far:
Alma Katsu‘s The Reckoning is on the top of my list. I met her last year at Book Blogger Con. Not only is she smart, funny, and sweet, she’s a great writer. On my train ride home from BEA last year, I read The Taker in one sitting. In the Reckoning, Lanore has found her happy place in her long, immortal life, but now she is once again on the run from her creator who has finally escaped from the bonds Lanore created for him. The Reckoning is the second book of The Taker trilogy. Don’t you love the cover? It’s so strking. (Gallery Books)
The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen is a fictional account of a slave that was freed and educated in Philadelphia. The historical fiction is based off a real person. Mary Bowser then returned to the South and became a Union spy during the Civil War. Sounds fascinating right? I don’t know of very many female spies, much less a African-American woman spy. (William Morrow)
The Boy Who Stole the Leopard’s Spots by Tamar Myers is set in the Belgian Congo. Amanda, an American missionary; a police chief plus a local witch doctor and his wise-woman wife become involved in the mystery of a decades old murder. I’ve read Tamar Myer’s Den of Antiquity cozy mysteries but haven’t read her more literary work. I’m looking forward to “traveling” to Africa. (William Morrow) Update: My review for the book is posted.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot has been sitting on my shelf for over a year. It time I read it. Part biography, part a look at cancer studies, this book gives credit to unknown Henrietta Lacks. Known to scientists at HeLa, Lacks’ human cells are still alive today as scientists use her cells to develop vaccines, study cancer and much more. This non-fiction uncovers yet another example of the United States’ history of experimentation of African Americans. (Crown)
I have a few more books I could add to this list, but I’m not sure if I’ll get to them. It’s a pretty diverse list.
Have you read any of these books? What’s on your summer reading list?
For some of these books, I received review copies. This post contains affiliate links.