Long Weekend Reads for Labour Day
Long Weekend Reads for Labour Day
If you are anything like me, long weekends represent an opportunity to sink into a book. So it’s time for a long weekend of reading. The selections below are perfect for clinging to the last bits of summer to escaping away with family and friends.
When we read a book we immerse ourselves in a new place and time, often leading us to want to share the book with someone else. By simply taking a minute or two to share excitement about a read, we connect with people from a distance. I am incredibly excited to share these selections, and have loved each of them respectfully. They cover a wide array of genres. All have been published within the past year and are available now.
Here are my top selections for some great long weekend reads.
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (416 pages)
This novel is about a friendship that spans 30 years. A platonic friendship is built between two gamers from the point they meet in their youth through the adult life each respectfully leads in the gaming industry. These characters experience hardship, love, loss and the renewal to start again together. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow is a love story that explores what is love across friends.
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez (400 pages)
A romance between the love interests is undeniable as you read the novel. Alexis Montgomery has her world turned upside down when she meets Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter 10 years younger than her. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis pick the country life to the life she’s built as an ER doctor in the city?
Vladimir by Julia May Jonas (256 pages)
This novel is a dark, twisty compulsive read. The story unfolds from the mind of the 58 year-old English literature professor who is struggling to reconcile with her aging body, her failed writing career and husband’s infidelity. Slowly, she begins to escape reality by fantasizing about the new adjunct professor, Vladimir. This novel explores feminism, cultural expectations of middle-aged women, mental health and desire.
Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher ( 320 pages)
Schumacher’s debut novel from 2021 was one of my favorites reads of the year. So I knew I had to read her follow-up novel. This novel is labeled YA/Teens but I think it can be enjoyed by just about anyone looking for a story about the trials of high school and finding the one who truly sees you. This story left me shattered in ways I’d never imagined. I’ll never regret immersing myself in the love story of Anna James and Weston Ryan. Full Flight is a heartbreaking novel about finding your first love and what happens when it’s over too soon.
Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
What do you have here but a new comedic super sleuth mystery series? Our protagonist Finlay inadvertently amasses a reputation in the murder for hire business after arriving at the local Panera with a wig and knife in her bag to discuss her new upcoming book. Someone mistakes this conversation as her in the murder business and hires her to do a killing. She accepts the job, and gets herself tangled up in a wild mess. This book is literally killing it. Luckily, the sequel, Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead, is now available, and I can’t wait to read it!
What are your favorite long weekend reads? Let us know if you read any of these books by emailing us here.
Shannon K. Loar is a small town girl with a passion for reading. Books have played a significant role in her life since her youth where she’d spend hours in the local library where her grandma served as the librarian. In her free time, you can find Shannon reading or listening to a book, practicing yoga or binging a streaming show. Her most precious time is spent with her children ages 20, 18 and 15. Her new favorite fashion trend, athletic leisure.
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