The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
At first, it seemed like nothing had changed. Each day was a few minutes longer, but Julia’s parents still got up at went to work, Julia went to school, life continued.
But the turn of the Earth continued to slow, and no one knew why. No one ever knew why.
It started to affect gravity. Birds fell from the sky; eventually they all died. Clock time no longer matched sun time. Radiation from the sun intensified. Eventually a day became weeks long – weeks of freezing darkness followed by weeks of unceasing heat and light.
As the world falls apart around her, this beautifully written coming-of-age story focuses on the important things: family, relationships, love … life.
I’ve Got Your Number
by Sophie Kinsella
Poppy has a problem – more than one, actually. First, she’s lost her cell phone. And the phone she nicked (well, not exactly nicked – it was in the garbage bin, after all, isn’t that practically fate?) belongs to businessman Sam Roxton, and he wants it back now. And third and worst of all, she’s lost her engagement ring on the very same day her fiance’s parents are arriving.
Poppy is so busy juggling wedding plans, fielding the never-ending texts and calls coming in on her ‘borrowed’ phone, and keeping her left hand hidden from her fiance and his parents that she never notices that the surprise of her life is headed her way.
What we thought: sure, it’s a little far-fetched, but that’s why we think it makes a perfect summer stay-inside-out-of-the-heat read: fun, not too serious, and sure to make you smile. (And if you like this book, try the Shopaholic series by the same author!)