Everyone should be reading fiction. Novels allow us to expand our imaginations – and see the world in entirely new ways. Fiction readers possess a level of creativity that can only be achieved by unpacking the imaginative world of an author’s mind. After a summer filled with reading, I found that these four novels stood out and left a lasting impression on me, my thoughts, and my life.
This is the perfect book to read as we come together and enjoy the pure, wholesome joy of the Little League World Series. Written by baseball enthusiast and Nolensville Coach Evan Satinoff, the book recounts this small town’s run to the Little League World Series – inning by inning, pitch by pitch, and reveals priceless behind-the-scenes stories that will capture your heart.
Hitchhiking to Madness will leave you speechless. It is such an awe-inspiring, complicated tale and at times it is so rich with lasting lessons that you must remind yourself that it is a true story. While covering pertinent social themes and thoughtful insight on the horrors of mental illness, Dr. Carol Hamilton chronicles a life journey like no other.
Science fiction has quite the ability to capture our attention. It inspires us to think deeply about the world’s vast possibilities – both present and future. These fascinating stories on the surface seem profoundly different than our reality. However, when you truly think about the complexity and fragility of life, these once implausible stories become hauntingly relatable. I’ve been diving deep into the world of science fiction this summer and have been absolutely captivated. Here are three science fiction novels that I recommend you read.
Baseball is deeply engrained into American history. As a result, it also is powerfully associated with American literature – from the 19th century to the present day. Many renowned authors have utilized America’s pastime as a central driving force in plot, story arch, and character development. This book, Bases Loaded, offers an in-depth exploration of the rich history of baseball in literature, acting as an annotated bibliography of novels that dive deep into the world of this beloved game.
Summer might not last forever, but a good book does. So, check out these three books that have received high praise and acclaim from readers. In fact, I found them to be not only the top books of the summer, but also the top books this year. I encourage you to check them out as you enjoy the warm, golden days of August.
How many books have you read this summer? Whatever the number may be, there is always room for one more on the bookshelf! With that in mind, check out these four books that readers in the community can’t stop talking about! Each is certainly worthy of being added to your TBR pile.
Harrowing and unpredictable, Paper World is a page-turning novel like no-other. Beautifully written by author Maureen Cummins, it is the story of a girl who finds herself lost down a rabbit hole – trying to retrace her steps and find her way back to the surface. Will she climb and catch her breath again? Or will her paper world rip to shreds beneath her feet?
There is something special about the coming-of-age genre. As a reader, it’s thought-provoking and relatable to witness the highs and lows of growth in a character’s life. No matter who we are or where we come from, we all come of age in our own way – making it the ultimate commonality. So, if you are seeking an empathetic story that speaks to fundamental aspects of the human experience, check out these three highly acclaimed coming-of-age novels.
Delightfully written by Jennifer Carmody, The New Days is a wonderful novel for you to add to your summer TBR pile! Flaunting relatable, dynamic characters and a compelling plot line, this book will appeal to readers of many different backgrounds – particularly millennials. Fundamentally, it’s a gripping story about friendship and the challenges that arise when harmonious relationships start to become complicated.