Books Now and For Summer

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Book Cover for Cut From Strong Cloth

Book Cover for Cut From Strong Cloth

Summer is coming and lazy days reading while drinking lemonade by the pool. Or beach. Or like me, at home on the deck. So like Chuck Wenig , asked, “Watcha Reading?”

I Just finished Linda Sittig’sCut From Strong Cloth   and for my book club which I hosted I read and selected, Bryan Johnson’s “Just Mercy.” “Just Mercy” is a memoir about how a lawyer, Bryan Johnson, who has been defined both as a modern day Atticus Finch and as America’s Nelson Mandela; “who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need, and women and children trapped” in our criminal justice system.

This book tells you about the cases he worked on and not all people can stomach reading it from start to finish. It is so raw and personal. Unforgettable. I was inspired to give away four of my own picture books  to a prison ministry where incarcerated mothers and grandmothers read picture books and their children get a tape of them reading along with the book. I am looking into doing more, too.  For, Just Mercy is just so inspiring.

So now I want to know two things.

1: Watcha reading now and

2: Watcha going to read this summer?

I’m going to read more books by my friends from Pennwriters.

Susan Meier’s book, Her Summer With the Marine

  1. J. Lyon’s, Hard Fall and Nerves of Steel
Annette Dashfy's LOST LEGACY

Annette Dashfy’s LOST LEGACY

And Annette Dashofy’s, Lost Legacy

Also in my Kindle are other books by friends I intend to read, Shirley Hershey Showalter’s Blush, and my own eTreasures Publishing author, John Joseph Doody’s The Wonk Decelerator.

I enjoyed reading about Helen Cavanah, a strong woman in a historical fiction so much, that next I read, I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith. It is about Caesar Octavian’s wife and written like a memoir. What a terrific read! I loved that so much that I immediately started reading the follow up by author, Michelle Moran, Cleopatra’s Daughter.  This is promising to be as enjoyable.

I am relearning something I have always known, I love historical fiction!!

What about you? What do you love?

About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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12 Responses to Books Now and For Summer

  1. Darlene says:

    I brought books along to Spain that I owned but hadn´t read yet so I plan to plow through them. I just read Barbara Hodgson´s The Tattooed Map and will start Tracy Chevalier’s The Virgin Blue. I too love historical fiction!


  2. A friend of mine passed along a bunch of his sci-fi books that I need to read. As well, I have books by friends (local SCBWI buddies) that I also need to read.

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  3. Your suggestions looked interesting. I love historical fiction, memoirs, some dystopian by specific authors, and spiritual books. I have a stack of children’s books to review, representing many subjects.


    • clarbojahn says:

      I thnk we are alike in that we both like a wide variety of different kinds of books. I like literary fiction as well as memoir as well as children’s books. I think I will do a blog post on this soon. 🙂

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  4. Victoria Marie Lees says:

    I love historical fiction, too. I’ve read Victoria Holt’s collection, recent authors: Ellen Gable Hrkach and e-books of some historical romances. I’m reading Beth Kephart memoirs and YA fiction, some Mary Higgins Clark. I’m hoping to catch up on much reading this summer. Thanks for adding a few more books to my summer reading list.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Victoria! Like you I read widely and am not stuck in one genre. I will have to add Beth Kephart’s memoirs to my list as I am not familiar with her work. When I read Mary HIggins Clark I really thought she was fun to read and may put a book by her into my list just for fun. Thanks for listing her. 🙂

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      • Victoria Marie Lees says:

        You’re welcome. Kephart is poetic in her writing. It’s beautiful. Higgins Clark has a new short story collection out Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories. It’s sitting on my pile of books to read this summer.


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