Cathy Austin August’20

One Bite Books

By Cathy Austin
‘Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.’ –Mason Cooley

I’ve been reading up a storm these past few weeks and maybe you have to or are looking for a quick summer hit. Check out these gems, fast and furious, engaging and endearing:

Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey is for the kiddies but adults of any age will fall in love with this sweet easy read aloud. It’s a winner!

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is another winner and was a suggested read for Covid-19 lockdown days. Can you imagine being under house arrest in 1923 confined to the hotel in Moscow the rest of your life? If you step outside you’re done. Beautifully written, book lovers and lovers of writing will so enjoy the daily life of Count Rostov. A must read.

Cane River by Lalita Tatemy is a gripping eye-opening heart-tugging read about her ancestors, fictionalized; slaves from the 1800’s upwards and their trials, hurdles, successes. A timely, moving book.

The Glass Hotel by Canadian author Emily St. John is new and fabulous. Set on tip of Vancouver Island and New York, this book explores greed, crime, loss, love and lies. Ponzi scheme dominates and shatters lives. A page turner.

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena, another Canadian crime hottie, will knock your sandals off! Read this almost non-stop on one of the very hot days and since the setting is a remote inn in upper New York state in winter, very refreshing but very scary! A real whodunit murder/s Agatha Christie style.

Camino Island by John Grisham is a super summer read and one that book lovers will get lost in. Original manuscript crimes and we’re talking theft of F Scott Fitzgerald’s 5 originals in the book underground. There’s spying, seducing, book chat, crime. A clever most engaging read.

If you can’t get around Ontario this summer, take a trip through one of these reads, you’ll be glad of it!