So there’s good news and there’s bad news. Good news: we’re halfway through 2020! Bad news: we still have six months of 2020 to go…We’re also about halfway done with summer, can you believe it? We at Three Houses Press have been busier than ever, but if you have some extra time on your hands and are looking for a book to distract you from this disaster of a year, then look no further! The 4 books you need to read before the end of summer are detailed below.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara: This one isn’t for the faint of heart and I know it’s a little darker than anything we’ve recommended in the past but if you’re into true crime at all this one’s for you. The late, great Michelle McNamara details the disturbing case of the Golden State Killer. Now, Michelle died before they caught the guy, but her writing is superb. Plus, knowing who he is (allegedly, he hasn’t been convicted yet!) makes everything a little less scary since you know he’s been apprehended. As an added bonus, HBO is doing a miniseries on the book, with lots of new and interesting interviews. Read the book quick and then dive into the series!
Beach Read, Emily Henry: Not to be too on the nose with telling you what to read during the summer season, but Beach Read is just that. It’s a classic friends-to-lovers, girl-next-door situation. Two writers living next door to each other for the summer, both stuck in their own literary rut strike up a bet. One thing leads to another and…It’s cute, sarcastic, and might just get you in your feels.
A History of the World in 6 Glasses, Tom Standage: Walker Publishing Company should give me a job because I recommend A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage like I’m getting paid for it. The fact that I have not yet recommended it on this blog is something that honestly surprises me. A History of the World in 6 Glasses is nonfiction but in the best sort of way. Quick paced, layered with facts without feeling overwhelming, and presenting history through a lens that is both unique and relevant to you (unless you do not drink liquids, in which case maybe get that checked out), this is the perfect book for summer of 2020. Sure, summer is usually the time we find the lightest of light reads, but this is the summer of COVID. We have judgmental relatives and high school friends on Facebook hyping their quarantine successes, so now is your time to fight back with a nonfiction book full of fun facts from the dawn of humanity through today. Enjoy!
The Boyfriend Project, Farrah Rochon: This book is so stinkin’ cute! I preordered it back in early February before the world imploded and it’s the perfect ray of sunshine after months of quarantine. After learning her boyfriend has two other girlfriends, Samiah Brooks and the other women team up and make a pact to spend the next six months working on themselves. Which works out great until Samiah meets Daniel Books at work and sparks fly. Normally, I would recommend reading this witty rom-com on the beach. However, considering we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic, it’s probably best to avoid the beaches and stick with the couch or maybe your front porch. Stay safe and happy reading!