I love it when Spring slowly warms into Summer. It’s such a nice change after the breeze and rain that comes with Spring. I love to step out into the warmth and be instantly engulfed in a warm blanket of comfort. Not that I don’t love Spring, it’s a great relief after the Winter chill, but there’s something about the feel and smell and look of Summer that reminds me of vacation from school as a kid. It screams freedom.
One of my favorite parts of lazy Summer days is basking under the sun, working on my tan and reading a good book. For a book to qualify as a good Summer read, it has to meet some very specific qualifications.
- Entertainment. First and foremost it needs to be primarily entertainment. I am not looking for a book to tickle my brain and make me contemplate life. I don’t want any heavy content.That’s what Winter vacation reads are for (don’t ask me why..I don’t make the rules). I want something light and funny.
- Easy Read. It needs to be an easy read. By that I mean, super easy to comprehend. So not only do I need the content to be easy, breezy I need the writing style to be so comprehensible that my attention can wander and I can still understand what’s going on.
- Short. I’m not talking short story length, but short enough that I can easily read it before I have to return it to the library. Or even short enough that I can read 2 or 3 books before I need to take them back.
So if these qualifications sound like your type of Summer read, keep scrolling and make your list for books to get this Summer for a perfect relaxing tanning session.
Between Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
Summary- “Nonny Frett understands the meaning of the phrase “in between a rock and a hard place” better than any woman alive. She’s got two mothers, “one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy.” She’s got two men: a husband who’s easing out the back door; and a best friend, who’s laying siege to her heart in her front yard. And she has two families: the Fretts, who stole her and raised her right; and the Crabtrees, who won’t forget how they were done wrong. Now, in Between, Georgia, a feud that began the night Nonny was born is escalating and threatening to expose family secrets. Ironically, it might be just what the town needs…if only Nonny weren’t stuck in between.”
This book already hold a special place in my heart because I met the author when I was in high school, her name is also Jocelyn (although spelled differently) and she signed my book, “To the other Jocelyn.” Plus it’s about a state that is very near and dear to my heart.
All that aside it’s a great story that has enough dimension to make it interesting as more than just a romance, but not too much dimension that you have to contemplate every sentence you read and the possible symbolism and meaning behind it.