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Summer Great Books

Tear Through All These Reads By Labor Day

Whether you're a Bibliophilia, which is someone who loves to read, admire and collect books or a bibliophile, sometimes called a bookworm or just someone who really likes to get lost in a great book, research shows your time is being well spent.

If there were ever a time to distract yourself with fictional drama, or a enchanting romance novel, that time is now. With all the unknown, stress and anxiety that 2020 has shown us, we would be lucky to get lost in the characters. The more outrageous, the more romantic, the bigger the mystery, the better.

And if it’s been a while since your last date with a good book, we have some good book recommendations that might convince you to give it another go.

The Henna Artist

Escaping from an abusive marriage, 17-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own…

Alka Joshi brings 1950s India to life with her lush and vivid writing. If you're someone like me who enjoys learning about other cultures and traveling to places you might never go, this is a can’t miss.

Ties That Tether

When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother’s heart, she must choose between love and her family.

While Ties will definitely appeal to die-hard romance fans, its engagement with contemporary social issues and themes, as well as it's finely tuned funny bone, should appeal to non-genre readers as well. You'll laugh and cry and cheer and yell.

Can't Hurt Me

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare -- poverty, prejudice and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, David transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. He is the only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger and Air Force Tactical Air Controller.  

If you want to really challenge yourself, start reading his story.

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