How is your summer reading going? Are you already in need of some new options? We have scoured the Best Sellers and Must Read lists to find you the “Top 10 Summer Reads” that are now available on WaveCloud. Enjoy!
Final Judgment by Joel Goldman (2012):
“A man’s body is found decapitated. Wrapped in plastic. Stuffed in the trunk of a Fleetwood Cadillac parked outside a federal courthouse. The car’s owner: a sweet-natured con man who’s on trial for mail fraud–but innocent of murder. Kansas City defense attorney Lou Mason has no idea how a corpse ended up in his client’s car. But when the victim is identified as a criminal defendant in a sexually charged lawsuit, Mason is forced to team up with a woman from his past–a brilliant FBI agent who may be playing head games of her own.”
Private: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History by Denver Nicks (2012):
“Bradley Manning perpetrated the biggest breach of military security in American history. This intelligence analyst leaked an astounding amount of classified information to WikiLeaks: classified combat videos and hundreds of thousands of documents from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and from embassies around the globe. Almost all of WikiLeaks’s headline-making releases of information have come from one source only: Bradley Manning.”
Trapeze by Simon Mawer (2012):
“A fascinating blend of fact and fiction, Trapeze is both an old-fashioned adventure story and a modern exploration of a young woman’s growth into adulthood. There is violence, and there is love. There is death and betrayal, deception and revelation. But above all there is Marian Sutro, an ordinary young woman who, like her real-life counterparts in the SOE, did the most extraordinary things at a time when the ordinary was not enough.”
Implosion: Can America Recover from Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time? by Joel C. Rosenburg (2012):
“Bestselling author and international political expert Joel C. Rosenberg tackles the question: Is America an empire in decline or a nation poised for a historic Renaissance? America teeters on a precipice. In the midst of financial turmoil, political uncertainty, declining morality, the constant threat of natural disasters, and myriad other daunting challenges, many wonder what the future holds for this once-great nation. Will history’s greatest democracy stage a miraculous comeback, returning to the forefront of the world’s economic and spiritual stage? Can America’s religious past be repeated today with a third Great Awakening? Or will the rise of China, Russia, and other nations, coupled with the US’s internal struggles, send her into a decline from which there can be no return?”
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877):
You might wonder how this novel has come to find its way on our Top 10 list. Found on a variety of “’must read” lists this classic has recently been redone into a movie due out in November. If you have already read Anna Karenina, this is a great opportunity to refresh your memory before the movie and if you have never picked it up? Well, you should always read the book before watching the movie!
“’Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,’ writes Tolstoy in his literary masterpiece Anna Karenina. Commonly regarded as one of the greatest realist novels ever written, Tolstoy himself saw it as his first true novel. The novel was not well received by critics when first published, but Tolstoy’s fellow Russian greats all considered it a great work of art.”
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (2011):
“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.”
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (2007):
Although this novel has been out for a while and the movie was released last year, it still has a solid spot on Best Seller lists. Perhaps it’s finally time to check it out?
“As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.”
The Winner by David Baldacci (2011):
“LuAnn Tyler is an unwed mother striving to escape a life of endless poverty. Then a mysterious Mr Jackson makes her an offer he thinks no one can refuse: a guarantee to be the winner of the $100 million lottery. But LuAnn won’t do it. Less than twenty-four hours later, she is fighting for her life and running from a false murder charge. Jackson’s offer – and its condition that she leave the country forever – seems her only hope. However, ten years later, LuAnn secretly returns to the United States to begin a new life with Matthew Riggs, a man whose origins are as murky as her own.”
Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller (2012):
“The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father…until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That doesn’t sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody—including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen, whom Slade has never forgotten.”
The Amateur by Edward Klein (2012):
No matter what your views, you can’t argue that this work of non-fiction has found itself squarely on the Best Seller lists. If you’re looking for something a bit political and controversial for your summer pick, check out The Amateur.
“It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein in his new political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance have run our nation and his presidency off the rails.”