Celebrate National Book Lovers Day With These “Lake Reads”

August 9 is National Book Lovers Day so I decided to create a “Lake Reads” list—Lake Oswego’s answer to all those “Best Beach Reads” lists you see going around. Take advantage of the lazy days of summer while we still have them and pick up one of these recommendations.

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune. This debut novel is one of this summer’s hottest reads and much of it is set on a lake—Kamaniskey Lake in Toronto, Canada. It chronicles the friends-to-lovers story of Persephone Fraser and Sam Florek as they bond over the course of six summers when Persephone’s family buys a cottage next door to Sam and returns every season…that is, until something tears them apart. They go ten years without seeing each other until a funeral brings Percy back to the lake and then the reader finds out whether or not they are given a second chance to forgive the mistakes of the past and reclaim the love they once felt for each other.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. This is a masterful retelling of Homer’s The Iliad filled with action, suspense, and as with any good summer read, love.

Pieces of Happiness by Anne Ostby. After many years apart, four friends in their sixties, receive a letter in the mail from their old adventurous high school friend Kat to come live with her on her cocoa farm in Fiji. “I’ve planted my feet on Fijian earth and I intend to stay here until the last sunset. Why don’t you join me? Leave behind everything that didn’t work out!” Each in different circumstances, they can’t resist the invitation and find themselves starting a chocolate business, strengthening their friendships and rewriting the next chapter of their lives.

The Judge’s List by John Grisham. True confession—I am a huge John Grisham fan and have a dedicated shelf in my bookcase to his novels. In fact, during Covid, I started re-reading many of them. I recently finished The Judge’s List, a legal thriller that follows Lacy Stoltz’s pursuit of a corrupt judge who also happens to be a serial killer. His is not a list you want to find yourself on so Stoltz has to tread carefully to make sure she doesn’t. Grisham once again does not disappoint.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi. This may not sound like a lake read, but according to my youngest daughter, it’s a must-read. All my kids lament the fact that their education did not include one or two courses in personal finance and investing. This book provides that introduction with constructive suggestions for how to earn more and save more so you can live what you feel is a rich life.

Waiting at Hayden’s by Riley Costello. Named one of the best beach reads of 2019, since this book was written by a Lake Oswego author (my daughter), it qualifies to make our Lake Reads list as well. This is a love story that follows one couple who meet and fall in love before they are ready to settle down and a woman who is ready to settle down but hasn’t met the love of her life. There are twists, comic relief, and insight into today’s dating world. I’d loan you my copy but the pages are worn so I advise you to buy your own copy and support a local author!

COMING ATTRACTIONS. Riley (who is also a Realtor working with me here in Lake Oswego) will be releasing her next book, Waiting for December, in September. Watch for details here and be sure to follow her Amazon author page to be notified when it comes out.  

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.
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