It seems like summer is the time that everyone reads. For me, life’s routine doesn’t change that much, but I do seem to manage to read a bit more anyway. Visiting the library weekly with my children, I have managed to pick up a couple of recent releases. The Midwife’s Tale and The Dogs of Babel are two that I have enjoyed. I finished The Midwife’s Tale a couple of weeks ago. It is well-written in a Cold Sassy Tree sort of way. But there were parts of it that were disturbing. I am in the last chapter of The Dogs of Babel. The style of this book’s writing definitely draws the reader in. It is personable, inviting. Interestingly, the book is in first person with a male character telling the tale, and the author is a woman. I haven’t read a book written this way since I finished My Antonia by Willa Cather 2 years ago. The other interesting note about The Dogs of Babel is actually written by someone who went to college for writing. That is pretty unusual in today’s market with the “everyone’s a writer” mentality that seems to prevail. Both books are short, perfect for summer reading. I hope to write more complete thoughts about them individually later on, but for now, I’ll just recommend adding them to your beach reading list.