For ladies of leisure who know summertime pleasure, spending these hot months with a nose in a book is the way to go. Even if Sunday afternoon is the only time during the week when you can soak up the sun and kick up your heels, picking up a book is how ladies of leisure prefer to relax.
The following highlights enthralling summertime reads:
“Inferno” by Dan Brown
Creative products of Dan Brown’s brilliant mind, which include “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons,” are ripe reading materials for a summertime leisure reading bonanza. Brown’s works tell stories centered around mysterious themes, symbology, arcane groups, ancient secular and religious history, artifacts and other types of intrigue. “Inferno” carries on those fascinating themes, and you will once again tag right alongside Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon as he unravels one of the most risk-filled mysteries yet that involve Dante’s Inferno.
“Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns” by Lauren Weisberger
If you have been eagerly anticipating Weisberger’s follow-up to “The Devil Wears Prada,” your wait is over. Revisit Andy Sachs’ world a decade after she walked away from her job at Runway magazine and Miranda Priestly. Dig into Andy’s world and watch as her new venture unfolds with her former co-assistant — and nemesis — Emily. The two have started a high-end bridal magazine that is a must-read for brides-to-be with a grandiose sense of style. Watch as Andy plans her own wedding and her seemingly idyllic vision begins to disintegrate under the looming return of the devil in Prada.
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Fitzgerald’s description of the summer heat and Gatsby’s infamous parties,” will captivate you, as described by Catherine Lodge in the Language Matters blog, part of the Penn Foster early childhood education degree community. Whether you read this classic before or after seeing Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the novel and reinvention of the previous film, you’ll enjoy this timeless piece of literature among the summer breeze. The lavish lifestyle and glitzy parties along with an undercurrent of darkness and depth provide a world that you won’t be able to escape from.
“The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom
Grissom and her husband recently restored a Virginia plantation. Being the inquisitive author that she is, she did some research about her new restoration project and home to find that the area surrounding her home was referred to as “Negro Hill” on an old map. As soon as Grissom sat down to try to imagine what might have happened, the story came to her as if it was a movie. A young Irish orphan comes to live with a family on the plantation and toggles two extreme worlds of the slaves and the plantation owners. Enjoy this story that works through the complexities of love and loyalty during a dangerous time for everyone involved.
“The Best of Us” by Jennifer Weiner
For pure unadulterated light summer reading, check out Weiner’s ebook about a group of friends who gather in a tropical paradise to celebrate their billionaire friend’s luxurious lifestyle. This easy-to-digest slice-of-life novel is an ideal sandy beach read or poolside companion.