Before opening my eyes each summer morning, I can never decide which I hope for most — a rainy day to read inside, or for the sun to rise with shade to provide a place and a reason to be with the stories within my books.
If you haven’t yet chosen your summer reads, here are some suggestions from Carolyn Campbell, an avid reader who is passionate for the human qualities of written works.
"To me Defending Jacob was a stimulating story about a teenage boy who gets into a spot of trouble," Campbell says. "William Landay wrote what is basically a courtroom drama where Jacob, the son of a district attorney, is accused of murder and the mystery goes on from there.
"Gabby is the story of the U.S. senator, Gabrielle Giffords who was shot," Campbell says, warming to the task of recommending books.
"The book is written by her husband Mark Kelly, who is an astronaut. This was an awful event but it is a wonderfully written book."
Campbell had another one to recommend, too.
"Still Alice by Lisa Genova..., tells the tale of a woman who is super-intelligent and a professor at Harvard University. Alice develops an early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and begins to lose her memory at a relatively young age. The story about her journey kept me from putting the book down."
And Carolyn’s favourite summer read?
"The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman — it’s a spellbinding tale of four lionhearted women who, along with five children, fight to survive the onslaught of the Roman army on Masada.
Set 2,000 years ago, the women live in an age of secrets, sorcery, and sedition.
"It’s absolutely fabulous," Carolyn says.
Carolyn will be tackling her first e-book this summer.
"I have just successfully downloaded The Son, an epic tale about Texas and the families and nations that collide in its creation."
Evan Comstock is a community correspondent for East Kildonan.