If life is spinning out of control, summer is a good reminder not to take ourselves too seriously. It’s time to put aside your business books and Core Curriculum for Legal Nurse Consulting® textbook (I can’t believe I just wrote that 🙂 ) and pick up something frivolous.
You can afford to take some renewal time for yourself. In fact, your legal nurse consulting business will probably benefit from the new, renewed you. Hit the beach or just kick back and relax on your sofa with any or all of these fun reads.
The first five books listed are books I’m personally looking forward to reading. I also asked my Facebook CLNC® friends for recommendations and I’ve added their ideas too.
- The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling): I’ve read every Harry Potter book and loved The Cuckoo’s Calling, so I’m eagerly awaiting the second book in her Cormoran Strike detective series. You’ll love the irreverent lead character Cormoran as he searches for the missing author of a poison-pen manuscript and a ruthless killer. I rarely buy hardbacks, but there’s no way I’m waiting a year for this one to come out in paperback.
- China Dolls by Lisa See: This is the story of three young Chinese-American women coming of age as entertainers in the Chinese nightclubs of San Francisco during 1938. When their lives intersect, they become friends, share and keep secrets – including one that threatens the roots of their friendship. Lisa See immerses you in a world and time that’s guaranteed to help you escape life’s pressures or at least give yours an entirely different perspective.
- Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore: I rarely read gothic thrillers, but this book is going to be hard to put down. It’s the story of two college roommates from vastly different backgrounds. Like Mabel, the main character, you too will be drawn into the world of Vermont blue-bloods, a world that has dark secrets, menace and unexpected violence.
- The Vacationers by Emma Straub: This is set during an extended family’s two week vacation on the island of Mallorca. Having vacationed there, I can’t wait to revisit the sunny beaches, Spanish architecture and the delicious wine and food. The story is told from the constantly changing perspectives of each family member, so you really get to experience the sum total of their dysfunctions and the reasons behind them. Tom always says, “You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family (although you may have to put up their bail).” LOL!
- Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin: I’m in the middle of reading the first book in the Game of Thrones series. Yes, I’m late to the party and cheating a bit, because this isn’t a 2014 book, but hey, GOT is still the hottest series on TV. If you’ve only watched the HBO® TV shows you’re missing out on a very rich summer read.
Here are more recommendations from your CLNC peers (in no particular order):
- The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank: Set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, this is a book about three generations of women and the secrets they keep. The storm in the title is not the only storm these women will endure.
- Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon: This is the most current in the Outlander series and has been as eagerly awaited by its fans as was a Harry Potter book by Potterheads. If you have no interest in reading the Outlander series, you must at least read the first book, Outlander. Claire accidently travels from 1943 to 18th century Scotland to find romance, adventure and a family with Jamie Frazier, a Scottish warrior. If you don’t want to go back in time to meet and fall in love with Jamie – well that will just be one less of us in the crowd. LOL! Starz is making a TV series out of Outlander I just might have to turn on my TV for this one, although I’m sure the TV show won’t be nearly as good as our imaginations (especially not of Jamie)!
- Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich: If you can’t tell from the title, this is number twenty one is a series of thriller/mysteries surrounding female bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. The beauty of this series is that you can read them in any order, as each stands alone. Ideal beach reading!
- The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger: Imagine the fun of telling your spouse you’re going upstairs to read The Divorce Papers. LOL. You’ll find this novel is told from a non-traditional point of view – the legal paperwork including court filings, depositions, memorandums, email as well as personal correspondence. It’s like a secret glimpse into someone’s life, marriage and divorce.
- The Collector by Nora Roberts: A house-sitter who witnesses a murder, or not. A Faberge egg, an artist, a killer and a werewolf (on paper). Need I say more!
- The Target by David Baldacci: A novel about assassins in the employ of the United States government being stalked by yet another assassin while on an international rescue mission. Maybe buy this one for your husband so he won’t bother you while you read The Silkworm. LOL!
- The Marriage Pact by Linda Lael Miller: Harlequin books aren’t on my personal reading list, but I know a few CLNC consultants who devour them. This is the first book in a series about the Brides of Bliss County and is, as you’d expect, a light romance. If you’re looking for a book without a single murder or explosion, start here.
- Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber: If you’re a fan of the Blossom Street series, you already know what to expect from this new novel. Here’s a book full of relationships, emotions, laughter and tears (and no CIA agents).
- Live to See Tomorrow by Iris Johansen: Another book involving a CIA agent that takes you through Hong Kong, the Himalayas, Tibet and San Francisco. Fast-paced and action-packed – your hubby can read it after you do. I will try just about anything, but who knew Certified Legal Nurse Consultants were so blood-thirsty?
And finally, what summer would be complete without a Steven King novel so here’s
- Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King: Not a traditional Steven King horror story but a crime novel composed of a battle between good and evil. If you’re a fan you’ll love it, if you’re not you just might become one.
Whatever your choice is in summer reading, this list will help your summer get off to a good start! Enjoy the read.
I’m Just Readin’
P.S. Comment here and share your favorite books – summer reading or not.
P.P.S. One of my favorite oldie-but-goodies is Dune by Frank Herbert. Be sure to read my Friday blog for my favorite quote from Dune.