Escape Summer Reruns and Read These Five Books

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Summer is here and not only are the days long, but the evenings feel longer with so little on the television to tempt you. While we acknowledge that Bunheads might just be a summer wonder (not based on the book Bunheads), it feels like we've been watching reruns for months. What should you do when dinner is over and you are ready to ready to relax at the end of a long hot day? Read a book, of course! I've dug through the summer release lists and picked out five books I think can help you get through those long summer evenings.

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Best Book Club Pick: The Meryl Streep Movie Club

meryl streep movie clubYou know how there are book clubs throughout the world dedicated to Jane Austen? There was even a book and movie called The Jane Austen Book Club. If you were to imagine what modern woman could inspired such a following there is really only one answer -- Meryl Streep. Mia March's The Meryl Streep Movie Club is the story of three women who are thrust together in the family's Maine inn. They barely speak to one another until innkeeper Lolly asks them to join her for a Meryl Streep movie night. As they watch the movies, they begin to divulge their secrets to one another discover that they will always have each other ... and Meryl. Coming July 19 from Gallery Books.

The Debut Novel You Need to Read: The Age of Miracles

age of miraclesI started hearing buzz for Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel The Age of Miracles months before its release date. While many of us may have thought things were the end of the world when we were teens, it is Julia's reality. The rotation of the Earth has sudden begun to slow, and everything changes. The weather is different, the length of night and day changes, and yet -- through it all -- some semblance of normal life continues. Marriages fail, people fall in love and teenagers come of age. What if you woke up one day and discovered the world was ending? Available now from Random House.

Most Anticipated Sequel: Shadow of Night

shadow of nightDeborah Harkness rocked our socks off last year with the first book in her All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches. I've spent the last year wondering what happened to my favorite witches, vampires and daemons. Did Matthew and Diana make it to the past ok? Is Christopher Marlowe going to be trouble? Will Sophie and the baby be ok? I have to confess that I managed to get a copy of Shadow of Night already and did little else besides eat and sleep and read for two days. Stock up on some good wine, clear some time off your schedule and get ready to time-walk. Coming July 10 from Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA).

Get Ready for the Olympics: Gold

gold christ cleaveNot only are we all getting geared up for the 2012 Olympics, so are the characters in Chris Cleave's Gold. Kate and Zoe met when they were just 19, when both made the cut for the US national training programming for track cycling. Now they are both 32 and facing their biggest -- and most likely last -- race at the 2012 Olympics. Both want first place, and they each have their reasons for not being willing to lose. How much are they willing to risk to get that gold medal? Coming July 3 from Simon and Schuster.

The Book to Take to BlogHer in NYC: The Virgin Cure

the virgin cureI've been waiting six long years to be able to read Ami McKay's second book, The Virgin Cure. Set in 1871 New York, it is the story of Moth, the daughter of a slum-house mystic. Moth is sold as a servant at the age of 12 and eventually escapes to find herself at Miss Everett's, a brothel that men frequent in the hopes of having the chance to be paired up with a desirable young virgin. After Moth meets Dr. Sadie, a character inspired by McKay's own great-great grandmother, who was a doctor in the Lower East Side, she begins to believe that freedom just might be within her grasp. Moth is a character that will stick with you long after you turn the last page. Coming from Harper Collins June 26.

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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