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Top 5 books you should read this summer


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 Summer is the one time when we can actually enjoy a book without falling asleep in bed. In the backyard, at the beach, or in the sun, Susie Rodarme gives you five books you should read this summer. 
1. Boleto by Alyson Hagy: "This book surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. The book follows Will Testerman, a young man striking out on his own with a singular goal in mind: to train a beautiful filly to become an amazing polo pony. Don’t be fooled, though—this isn’t a feel-good story with a lovely horse farm as a backdrop. Will learns that the ranching world has a seedy underbelly that his idealism didn’t quite expect. I loved this book because of the characters; Hagy painted them skillfully, even giving the filly her own curious personality. A really enjoyable read, and well-written."
2. Zazen by Vanessa Veselka: "I read Zazen in a state of wonder. Veselka’s writing is both gritty and poetic; I was an instant fan of her work after reading this book. Della, the main character, lives in a version of America that . . . may or may not come to pass. There are bombs going off, faceless corporations are taking over the neighborhood, and everyone Della knows is leaving the country. She decides to fight back against her fears by doing something radical: she starts calling in fake bomb threats. When the real bombs start going off, Della realizes she may be in trouble."
3. Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton: "One of the blurbs on Hamilton’s memoir is by Anthony Bourdain, professing his envy of her talent for writing. If you like reading about food at all—or if you like reading memoirs at all—I highly recommendBB&B. Hamilton has a rare gift for prose; I didn’t know anything about her or her life when I picked it up, but I was immediately sucked in."
4. A Series of Ordinary Adventures by Stevie Carroll: "This book of short stories delighted me. It’s slightly fantastical in nature—in the first story, for example, a woman discovers that she has the ability to turn into a hawk; in another story, a minotaur makes an appearance—in the way that Lewis Carroll’s work is fantastical: the otherwise normal hero(ine) wakes up one morning and stumbles into some very strange events. (I am quite sure the similar author names are a coincidence.) Series is full of great characters, and I didn’t want the book to end."
5. Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch: "This book is a bit of a cheat, as it’s not a summer book because you can’t read it until it’s out in September. I know! I’m sorry. I really loved this book, though. It’s a modern-day take on Freud’s famous case-study, “Dora”. We see the story from what Dora’s perspective might have been. She has a huge personality, as well as a posse of friends who get into adventures that had me laughing out loud (or getting teary-eyed, when the occasion called for it). Everyone I know has this book on their to-read list."
Susie also blogs at http://greengeekgirl.com, You can also find her on Shelfari and on Goodreads.


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