10 Engaging Reads to Satisfy your Long Weekend Needs!

We’re coming up on the long weekend people! Are you anxiously trying to figure out what your next read (or three) will be? You may abandon your fool’s quest and search no further! These 10 engaging reads WILL satisfy your long weekend needs.

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Note: Some restrictions apply. This list will not cure rabies, fleas, mosquito bites, sunburns, tics, or annoying relatives. #SorryNotSorry

Playing the Heartstring Harp

If you’re looking for something that will tug on your heartstrings with inspiring tales of the strength of women, then Happy People Read and Drink Coffee and All The Single Ladies will delight with grace and sincerity.

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand – Following the death of her husband and child, Diane struggles with her efforts to rebuild her life alone. Finally deciding she could not stay in the town she lived with her family, Diane moves to a small town in Ireland with a newfound determination to bounce back on her own. However, Diane’s new neighbor Edward, who is initially cold and unwelcoming, sees her arrival as an intrusion in his own life. But change is not always for the worst as Diane and Edward just might help each other and, in turn, themselves.

Want to know how this tale ends? You’re just going to have to pick it up!

All The Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank – After Lisa St. Clair’s ex walked out on her twenty-four years ago, she was forced to raise her defiant daughter all on her own. Now, her ex has returned and roped Lisa’s daughter in to a ludicrous scheme in Colorado, driving a wedge between mother and daughter. So when Lisa, a dedicated nurse, is faced with the loss of one of her cancer patients, Kathy, Lisa finds herself drawn to the friends who were always by Kathy’s side. As these three women grow inevitably closer, they share strength in the face of life’s terrors and Lisa learns the best lesson of all: that being single does not mean that you have to be alone. (Amen, sister)

Soul Searching

The next two novels explore the part of ourselves that asks the real questions. Who are we? Who can we trust? Something to Hide and Who’s That Girl take us on a soul searching journey through ultimate betrayal and a fractured sense of self.

Something to Hide by Deborah Moggach – Ever fallen for your best friend’s significant other? Petra has. Petra’s romantic life has always been a disaster and at sixty years old nothing has changed. In this tale of friendship, love, and betrayal, Petra falls for her best friend’s husband. Just as Petra is feeling comfortable, she is forced to West Africa and to her best friend Bev, who she’s been keep secrets from so perfectly. (I know, you’re horrified. But you can’t stop here can you? Read on trooper!) Meanwhile across the world, two other women are struggling with deception. Lorrie, from Texas, is about to embark on the biggest deception of her life. While in China, Li-Jing is trying to figure out exactly what her husband does on his trips to West Africa. Everyone has their secrets. Pick up this page turner before the weekend to find out how deep the deception goes…

Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane – After finding herself in a compromising position and consequently ostracized by everyone she knows, Edie is forced to take an extended sabbatical ghost writing a biography for famous actor Elliot Owen. This is turns out to be anything but easy. When everyone around you is questioning who you are, you can’t help but wonder. Who’s that girl? Pick up this book and follow Edie through the pages as she finds out.

Bond Basics

It’s never too late to form bonds between others and it’s certainly not too late to make peace with yourself. These two insightful reads exemplify these bonds in a way that leaves you studying your own relationships with others and also yourself. I think everyone needs a little inner TLC every once in a while, don’t you?

The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner – When Betsy’s estranged mother Roz needs surgery, it falls on Betsey to take care of her. Expecting weeks of forced civility, Betsey instead finds the fiercely loyal Bridge Ladies. Impressed by the relationship these women share, Betsy learns something about her own lacking generation. You can’t be delivered a pot roast over the web. Slowly, Betsy joins the Bridge Ladies and their weekly game. The Bridge table become the common ground on which Betsy forges an understanding with her mother and faces the years of estrangement with Roz. And through the game of Bridge, Betsy finally finds the bond between mother and daughter. Dash out and grab this fabulously funny read to learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life!

Brown by Kamal Al-Solaylee – Coming from the bestselling author of Intolerable, Kamal Al-Solaylee comes at us with a book about the experience of being brown in the world today. Effectively filling a narrative gap, Kamal Al-Solaylee focuses on the social, political, economic, and personal implications of being brown. To be brown is to be on the cusp of whiteness and on the edge of blackness. Through this narrative, Kamal Al-Solaylee comes to terms with his own brownness, making peace with his differences and settling into himself as a human being. This reflective work is sure to be a rewarding long weekend read!

Nail Biters

Feeling like your typical long weekend read just isn’t satisfying your needs anymore? I think I have just the thing for May 24 weekend pick-me-up. Hitman Anders and the Meaning Of It All coupled with The Fireman are guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat.

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson – Life getting just a little too mundane for you? Looking for a cure? Hitman Anders is the prescription I recommend. This novel follows three characters and their ludicrous venture. Hitman Anders, recently out of prison, teams up with an Atheist Protestant vicar and homeless receptionist to create the most unusual plan. This novel is sure to be a cover to cover read and add some colour to your long weekend.

The Fireman by Joe Hill – If the regular flu doesn’t scare you enough, the spread of a plague that causes people to go up in flames sure will. This new novel by the bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box is a hot one. A pandemic of spontaneous combustion, nicknamed Dragonscale, just might mean the end for Harper Grayson. Or will it? Just as she begins to believe her life and the life of her unborn child just might be doomed, Harper meets The Fireman, an infected man who has figured out how to control the fire within and use it as a both a shield and a weapon. Can Harper manage to do the same before the plague consumes her and her child? I don’t have the ALL the answers, but Joe Hill’s The Fireman does! On sale May 17th!

Fantasy Fix

Tintera - Ruined

I know. Sometimes you just need to unplug from your daily responsibilities and disappear into a world of brilliant fantasy so real it’ll feel like a lucid dream. Look no further people! I have brought you the goods!

Ruined by Amy Tintera – In a place called Ruina, Emelina is devastated by the murder of her parents and the kidnap of her sister. A land ravaged by war, revenge is the only recourse. Emelina sets out on a desperate quest to regain her sister and punish those who made her suffer. Being Ruined—those without magic ability—Emelina turns to deception in order to achieve her goal of murdering the prince. But things may not be as black and white as Emelina believes. Emelina’s emotions just might get in the way of her retribution.

Hot Historical Fiction

300 Days of Sun  by Deborah Lawrenson – When people mention how the past affects the present, nobody expects it to be their present. Joanna Millard moves to Faro, Portugal intending to escape an unsatisfying relationship and a stagnant career. So when Joanna Millard is confronted with a work of fiction that may or may not be true, she finds herself entangled in the mystery surrounding the abduction of a child that happened over twenty years ago. This chilling mystery ties together two women across time in a search for the truth. What danger may lurk in these pages is for you to find out!

Well, I’ve shared with you the top 10 reads to satisfy your long weekend needs. Hopefully one (or all, amiright?) hit that literary spot. If you’re like me, you won’t plan a trip without at least ten books taking up all the space in your luggage. Who needs a change of clothes or a toothbrush if you’re just going to be spending your time with your books? Books will always love you, they don’t have standards. But I digress. Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think of your chosen read(s)!

Sarah

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