With fall fast approaching, I tracked the number of books I read over the summer and found that each book was either a gripping page-turner or a hauntingly beautiful anecdote. Yet all were exquisite in story telling. While summer binge reading is associated with a book in hand while sitting on the beach, that is not always the case with me. My passion for reading does not begin and end in summer but spans through all four seasons. Reading is a needed daily dose akin to a daily dose of java. Whether sitting before a fireplace, on a park bench, in a barista or in bed before the lights go out, I am always one exceptional book away from the next. However, now that the leaves are getting ready to turn to shades of orange, I did tally up the books that fed my reading fix for the summer. In addition to the array of best sellers, I also did a fair share of flipping through some reference books that probably would not hold any interest unless you were trying to write a book yourself. In no particular order, the following were the novels that fueled my obsession:

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

Etched in Sand – Regina Calcaterra

Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly

Mistress of the Ritz – Melanie Benjamin

The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn

After a streak of stellar reading, I can only hope the next book from my queue will be another outstanding addition to the list of yearly reads. Should you take my recommendations, enjoy!