Maybe you’re heading to the beach. Or the lake. Or you have high hopes of carving out a few afternoons at home under a shady tree with a glass of something cold. Wherever the location, you’re going to need at least one good book to read this summer.
To help readers find just the right book for the hot months ahead, we’ve asked some of Utah’s most notable figures to recommend what’s on their summer reading list.
Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney is, no surprises, a reading overachiever. “I like reading at least two books at a time, one for fun and the other for learning,” he told the Deseret News. “Neal Stephenson’s ‘Seveneves’ is a sci-fi thriller I thoroughly enjoyed. David McCullough’s ‘Truman’ revealed a president who faced challenges more daunting than I had appreciated and who navigated them with uncommon courage and character.”
• “Seveneves,” by Neal Stephenson, William Morrow, 880 pages (f)
• “Truman,” by David McCullough, Simon & Schuster, 1120 pages (nf)
U.S. Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, who represents Utah’s 4th District, keeps a busy schedule between work and family, but took time out to read — and recommend — “The Red Scarf Girl” by Ji-li Jiang, because, she said, it’s a great story about the author’s experiences during the Cultural Revolution of China.
She is currently reading a Shadow Mountain’s Proper Romance novel, “Edenbrooke,” by Utah author Julianne Donaldson, to make sure that it is appropriate for one of…