Variety is the Spice of Life…Switching Up the Genre Keeps Things Interesting!

Group of Summer Books

History and Mystery

Summer reading is always great, whether it takes place in the sun room, the backyard or at the beach. I recently had a very mild bout with COVID and took advantage of some rest and relaxation with my nose in a book. If you are interested in reading about old New York City, the Dustbowl Era, the damaging practice of eugenics, couples trouble and missing persons, these books are for you! Switching up the genres keeps things interesting; alternating between history and mystery helps prevent me from mixing up characters and stories. I enjoyed each and every one of these and hope you make the time to check them out, too!

The Last Thing He Told Me

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Owen Michaels disappears leaving behind his young daughter, Bailey, and a note to his new wife Hannah that says “Protect Her”. Hannah and Bailey are desperate to find Owen and look for clues that will lead them to him. As bits of his past are revealed, the mystery deepens!

Five of author Laura Dave’s novels, including The Last Thing He Told Me have been optioned out for film.

The Golden Couple

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Marissa and Matthew seek out a nontraditional therapist, Avery Chambers, to help them deal with Marissa’s infidelity. Avery’s radical methods of therapy, after losing her professional license are just what the golden couple thinks they need to come to terms with Marissa’s infidelity. But there are far more secrets to uncover in this page turner of a mystery!

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen together have written several other psychological thrillers you will enjoy.

The Foundling

The Foundling by Ann Leary

Mary Engle works at remote institution in 1927 that houses women who are deemed mentally disabled. A friend from the orphanage where she grew up is a patient and this causes her to look more deeply into the place she works.

Women were held in asylums against their will and designated as feeble minded in order to cleanse the population of the unworthy. Author Ann Leary (wife of actor Denis Leary) based The Foundling on history and eugenics in this country and was inspired by the true story of her grandmother.

Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Katey and her friend Eve are in their mid 20s and are out for New Years Eve in NYC. They meet handsome banker, Tinker Grey, at a jazz club and this new friendship changes the landscape of 1938 for them all. With all the glamour, grit and hope of 20th century New York, my wish is for this one to become a movie!

Rules of Civility is the first book from Amor Towles and his storytelling, characters and setting are just as great as A Gentleman in Moscow and The Lincoln Highway!

West With Giraffes

West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

Woody, 105 years old, is compelled to share his adventures as a 17 year old orphan falling in love with a red headed reporter and some exceptional giraffes. After losing his family to the Dust Pneumonia in the Texas Panhandle he ventured to New York for work. When two giraffes survived crossing the Atlantic during a hurricane in 1938, a driver was needed to take the animals cross country to the San Diego Zoo and Woody was there at the right time.

Author Lynda Rutledge based the adventures in West With Giraffes on the true story of two giraffes who survived a hurricane and were delivered to the California zoo run by the first female zoo director during the Dust Bowl era.

Book Nation by Jen


  1. Yes, I totally agree with switching things up. I do it too. I am going to check out that book The Golden Couple because it sounds very interesting. Thanks for the wonderful suggestions.

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