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Looking for a good summer read?

Cottaging always evokes so many memories for me as I’ve been coming to Mountain Lake for my entire life. I love the cottage in so many ways but one of my favourite things to do is to sit on the dock with a good book. I am an avid reader and I’ll read anything on the dock, but I love to enjoy a lighter read from my Hali Hammock sometimes. Here are a few of my favourites and a couple I’m looking forward to reading this summer dockside!

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A perfect dock or beach read, Malibu Rising is a fun book about the Riva Family and the four siblings epic end of summer party in 1983. It weaves back and forth between the day of the party and how the Riva came to be with Malibu as the setting. A famous singer for a dad, competitive surfing, the beach and a party no one will forget, it has all the ingredients of a great summer read! I read it in a single day as I could not put it down.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn does historical fiction so well and I could recommend a number of her books. The Rose Code is her latest book and takes place during WWII. Away from the battle lines, three young women from different stations in life get recruited to work at the famed Bletchley Park in 1940. It’s the story of the three code breakers with the war in Britain as the background and a spy that brings them together following the war. It even features a young Prince Philip before he wed Queen Elizabeth. Drama, excitement, friendship, some romance and a great story. Perfect for the dock!

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Berry

This is a super fun and quirky read! The book is set in the late 1980’s in a town call Danvers, Massachusetts, where the Salem Witch Trials were held in the 1600’s. It tells the story of a girl’s field hockey team in their quest to make the state finals with a little magical help. It’s a hilarious read with a cast of quirky characters, fun adventures in team sport and ultimately, friendship. If you’re into funny books, this is a good one!

Ocean Prey by John Sandford

My uncle introduced me to the Prey Series years ago and I’m always excited to see a new addition to the series. Lucas Davenport is the lead character and at this point in the series, he is a US Marshal who takes on special investigations and this particular one takes him to the Florida coast where the Coast Guard suspects a load of drugs have been dropped into the ocean. Davenport brings in reinforcements in the form of Virgil Flowers, a former colleague from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (and the star of his own series). A thrilling read complete with high drama, worth it if you love a good detective read. If you’re looking for a new series, start with the original Prey book, Rules of Prey.

Can’t wait to read: False Witness by Karin Slaughter

I discovered Karin Slaughter a few years ago and have since read almost all of her books. She writes great thrillers and her books are un-put-downable. False Witness comes out this summer and is a standalone book – she has two books series that are worth a read if you’re into thrillers – and while I don’t know much about the plot yet, I know it will be perfect for the dock or to read late into the night (another favourite of mine, being the last up while the cottage sleeps, deep into a good book). As it likely comes out when I’m up at the cottage on vacation, I’ll probably download it so I don’t have to wait for the hardcover!

Would love to know what you are reading – feel free to share recommendations in the Lake Chat!

By Katie: July 17, 2021


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Thanks for taking the time for the reviews, Katie! I'm in a rut when it comes to dock books - anything by Giles Blunt, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, and John Grisham are all good reads, but not too difficult to put down when the dock gets busy, and resume later!

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