Summer Reads From the Authors of July’s Book’d in Burbank
The latest edition of Book’d in Burbank, a social gathering that treats book lovers to author readings and literary entertainment, will be held on Thursday, July 24th! Shelf Pleasure is thrilled to be a part of this amazing and fun night, along with presenting sponsor Liz Donatelli of Liz D Publicity & Promotions. In celebration, the participating authors stopped by to share their perfect summer reads.
“Two summers ago I read a book that changed my life. Only Love is Real by Dr. Brian Weiss completely shifted my entire way of looking at the world, of looking at love, and at death. It’s a story about soul mates that travel through time again and again until they get it right and can be together. As a romance novelist, I hope to make people believe in that all-consuming love and Dr. Weiss’ Only Love is Real hits that point home by teaching us that there is someone special for everyone and all we have to do is believe in the instinctive feeling in our soul.
In his own words… ‘you are bonded together throughout eternity, and you will never be alone.'”
“I am on a zombie kick this summer. Having never read a zombie book in my life, I just finished Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth and am in the middle of Zom-B by Darren Shan, both gorily entertaining books. I also plan to read World War Z by Max Brooks (on my son’s recommendation), Feed by Mira Grant, and Grimm, which doesn’t have any zombies (I don’t think) but is a collection of twisted re-tellings of Grimm’s fairy tales by several authors. But it could prove just as exciting as zombies.”
“Summer is supposed to be a time when we’re a little more adventurous, wild and living with a sense of carefree abandon. It’s when an open field of wild flowers can turn into an afternoon of day dreaming. Summer is about discovery – not just of the physical world, but of the inner sanctum of a yet to be understood soul.
Because it epitomized the sense of wonder that my pre-teen heart had to yet to experience, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain was my first book love. I read it just as my 7th grade school year was ending, and that meant freedom and baseball and adventures and sleep-overs were a few short humid nights away. Tom’s sleuthing and exploration helped me dream, and the summer is the perfect time to allow those dreams to fly.”
“You’re on the plane, in a hotel room, or maybe just relaxing in the backyard. It’s summer and you want something to immediately catch your attention and keep it. Diana Gould’s debut mystery novel, Coldwater, which was published last year, is the book for you. The female protagonist, Brett Tanager, is as flawed as a contemporary character can be, but it’s a testament to Gould’s writing skills that you’ll still be rooting for Brett throughout her misadventures to help an ex’s daughter. Gould integrates her own experience as a television writer to weave a tale tied to the heart of Hollywood – that is, if Hollywood had a heart! Coldwater was published by a well-respected small press in Los Angeles, Rare Bird Press, and recently won an Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book.”
“I have a tradition of reading one of my favorite classics every summer. Last year it was Jane Eyre, and this year I followed the same gothic path and picked up Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. Not terribly summery, but most of the story does take place on a beach, albeit a gritty, fog shrouded beach. There is murder, mystery, intrigue and, most important of all–romance. And as far as I’m concerned, if the romance is good then it is worthy of reading in any season.”
What’s your perfect summer read?
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