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  • Writer's pictureTash Sekar Goodman

What’s on my Summer Cosy Afternoon Reading List?

As the days grow longer and warmer, there's nothing quite like settling into a comfortable nook with a stack of books that transport you to far-off lands or simply offer a moment of respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Join me as I share the titles gracing my summer reading list...some that I have read already, some that I am looking forward to devouring soon :)

"Lessons In Chemistry" by Bonnie Garmus

A captivating novel set in the 1960s, following the journey of Elizabeth Zott, a brilliant scientist navigating the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated field. As she balances her groundbreaking research with societal expectations, Elizabeth discovers the power of resilience, determination, and the pursuit of her scientific passions. This witty and interesting story explores themes of gender equality, ambition, and the pursuit of knowledge in a world reluctant to embrace change.

"Bad Summer People" by Emma Rosenblum

Soemtimes I just want to read and not use my brain - do you hear me? If so, this book is perfect for those times. A rich-people-problems enticing story that unfolds against the backdrop of a picturesque summer community.

The city elite gather here every year, trailing kids, their nannies, wine and seafood imported from Manhattan: hard workers need their playtime.

Take the Parkers and the Weinsteins. Lauren and Jen hold sway on the beach and the tennis court. Their husbands are childhood friends bearing grudges as deep as they are secret.

Their lone single friend, Rachel Woolf, is looking to meet her match, whether he's the new tennis pro - or someone else's husband. She's not picky.

And while this season starts out quietly as any other, it soon changes when beneath the boardwalk, a body is found.

"Big Swiss" by Jen Beagin

I've heard very mixed reviews about this book but it sounds utterly intriguing and unique. Greta spends her days transcribing therapy sessions for a sex coach who calls himself Om. She becomes infatuated with his newest client, a repressed married woman she affectionately refers to as Big Swiss. One day, Greta recognises Big Swiss's voice in town and they quickly become enmeshed.

"My Husband" by Maud Ventura

A gripping story that delves into the intricacies of marriage and deception. In this suspenseful and darkly funny debut novel, a sophisticated French woman spends her life obsessing over her perfect husband—but can their marriage survive her passionate love? This book has a great twist at the end and is a fairly short read - perfect for beach reads. I thought it also raised some interesting contemplations about love and intricacies of long-term relationships.

"Dead Eleven" by Jimmy Juliano

In a strange island community fixated on 1994, Willow Stone seeks answers about her son's death. This place is not normal. Everyone seems to be stuck in a particular day in 1994: They wear outdated clothing, avoid modern technology, and, perhaps most mystifyingly, watch the OJ Simpson car chase every evening. When she asks questions, people are evasive, but she learns one thing: Close your curtains at night.

But as she delves deeper, she discovers eerie rituals and hidden truths. Meanwhile, local teen Lily Becker challenges the island's bizarre customs. When Willow disappears, her brother Harper investigates, uncovering a sinister reality. Will he escape Clifford Island's grip?

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