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Summer Book Recommendations

By: Tricia De Mesquita

5/25/24


As summertime arrives, it brings with it the promise of leisurely days and cherished moments under the sun. It's the perfect opportunity to indulge in some well-deserved relaxation and exploration, accompanied by a good book or two. Whether you are lounging by the pool, soaking up the sun on the beach, or simply unwinding in the comfort of your own backyard, here's a curated selection of reads to enrich your summer adventures.


Regardless of your preferred format—be it the convenience of audiobooks, the versatility of Kindle editions, or the tactile pleasure of flipping through a paperback—these titles are tailor-made to captivate and inspire. I personally choose audiobooks and the readers are fantastic in all 3 of these books.


So, as you bask in the warmth of summer's embrace, why not dive into a new literary escapade? Let these captivating stories transport you to faraway lands, spark your imagination, and enrich your downtime with moments of joy, reflection, and discovery. After all, what better companion for summer than a good book?


"The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

This an enthralling journey into the glamorous yet tumultuous life of a legendary actress. Reminiscent of the iconic figure Elizabeth Taylor, Evelyn's story unfolds with a captivating blend of intrigue and authenticity.


Reid's writing skillfully immerses readers in Evelyn's world, deftly navigating the complexities of fame, relationships, and the lengths one goes to maintain public image. Her characters are portrayed with honesty and complexity, a testament to the author's profound insight into their motivations and flaws. Each twist and turn in the narrative is artfully crafted, keeping readers on the edge of their seats with unexpected developments. From the first page to the last, the narrative grips you, providing an effortless reading flow throughout the book.


In essence, "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" is more than just a novel; it's an unforgettable exploration of love, ambition, and the price of fame, expertly woven by a talented author who knows how to keep readers spellbound until the very end.


“The Rose Code” by Kate Quinn

This gripping fictional tale delves into the inspiring accounts of women who served as code breakers for the British Government during World War II. As a woman myself, this narrative serves as a poignant reminder of the strides made in women's rights, affording me the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy today. Reflecting on this historical period, I'm struck by the courage of those pioneering women who defied societal norms to contribute their skills to the workforce, a legacy that resonates with contemporary women.


While not the central theme, the author adeptly portrays the challenges faced by these remarkable women as they navigated secrecy and societal expectations, often downplaying their true capabilities. Their stories unfold as both fascinating and harrowing, offering insight into the unique struggles and triumphs of each of the three main characters. With skillful storytelling, the author captures the essence of their individual journeys, making for a captivating read from beginning to end.


“The Other Side of Night” by Adam Hamdy 

This book offers a compelling blend of mystery and serendipitous encounters that will captivate any enthusiast of the genre. Best approached with an air of intrigue, the narrative unfolds with the discovery of a cryptic note by an off-duty police officer in a library book, setting off a chain of events filled with unexpected twists and turns.


Much like assembling a puzzle, the true scope of the story only becomes clear at the end as each piece falls into place, revealing layers of science fiction, heartbreak, and moments of genuine warmth. With its intricate plot and thought-provoking themes, this novel is sure to engage readers seeking a complex and immersive literary experience.


While the story may initially take its time to gain momentum, patient readers will be rewarded with a deeply satisfying journey into a world where every revelation brings new depth and intrigue. So, if you relish a narrative that challenges the mind and stirs the soul, "The Other Side of Night" deserves a prominent spot on your reading list.


I hope you enjoy these book recommendations and your summer! Don’t forget to join us on Left of Str8 podcasts where we will delight in more thoughtful conversations with entertainers, foodies and other wonderful members of the LGBTQ community helping advocate for our rights and enjoyment. As always, have a wonderful day!

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