Hi Meltingpot Readers,
Just because August is barreling down on us like a bat out of hell, doesn’t mean we have to pack up our bathing suits and start back-to-school shopping just yet. I say, summer isn’t over until it says September on the calendar. And for me, one of my favorite summer indulgences is reading really good fiction. In my mind, summer reading is supposed to be generally lighthearted, inspiring and/or filled with page-turning thrills. There are no rules, but I don’t hold myself up to the same standards with my summer book picks as I do during the year when my reading material is usually work related. Of course, my meltingpot criteria still applies. I’m always looking for stories that feature colorful characters, exotic locations and/or some sort of multi-culti twist to inspire. And as always, they must be stories well told.
Because I figure if you’re reading this blog, you’d probably like some of the same books I do, I’ve taken the liberty of creating a top-ten list of meltingpot-flavored fiction that’s perfect for reading on the beach, on the back patio or even on your couch with a summer breeze blowing through the window. A cool glass of ginger-mint lemonade at your side is optional. Enjoy!
1. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter
2. Orange Mint & Honey by Carleen Brice
3. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
4. Waiting in Vain by Colin Channer (Warning, this book might make you book a trip to Jamaica in a jiffy)
5. Substitute Me by Lori L. Tharps (I know that’s blatant self-promotion, but seriously this book is a great summer read)
6. Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie
7. The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
8. Soul City by Toure
9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
10. The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Read these books and I guarantee you’ll keep fall at bay for just a little while longer. Do you have any books to add to my Meltingpot Summer Reading List? I’m taking suggestions.