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Homestretch summer book club kicks off with Anne Logan

Psychological thrillers will likely rank high on this summer's blockbuster lists, according to Calgary blogger Anne Logan, who gave listeners a sneak peak into the Homestretch's summer book series on Tuesday.

First up is historical fiction novel Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Anne Logan has spent seven years in the publishing industry. (IveReadThis.com)

Psychological thrillers will likely rank high on this summer's blockbuster lists, according to Calgary blogger Anne Logan, who gave listeners a sneak peak into the Homestretch's summer book series on Tuesday.

"Summer time is a great time to get more reading done," said Logan, who admitted that her own book count has fallen from over 100 a year to 65 since she had her baby.

For those who love the genre, Logan suggests a psychological thriller called Still Mine by Amy Stuart.

Some of Anne Logan's recommended reads for the summer.

"Similar to Gone Girl and Girl on a Train, it's about a young woman who's sent to a remote mountain town to investigate the disappearance of another woman," she told the Homestretch on Tuesday. 

"As the book continues, you discover that both of these women have a lot more to hide than you originally thought. And there's this very creepy Twin Peaks-esque environment in the mountain town which I really enjoyed."

Logan, who sits on the Alberta Writer's Guild board, will suggest books of all different genres when the Homestretch Twitter book club officially kicks off next week.

First up is the historical fiction novel Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.

"It's well written, it's got quick short chapters, but it's also about the biggest nautical disaster in history which is not the Titanic, as many people believe," said Logan, who blogs about books at IveReadThis.com.

The key to a good book, she said, is that it can't be too long, must have a good plot and good pacing, and is of the reader's preferred genre.

While she refuses to name her favourite book of all time, she did tell us her last best book was Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, which she calls a literary thriller.

"It starts off with the death of a young girl and you don't know what happened. And as the book continues, you learn little pieces about her life through the innermost thoughts of her family, which is why I consider it literary."

She dismisses outright the notion that books are on the way out.

"I think people are reading more these days because they're looking for that connection, they're looking for something to sink their teeth into."

E-readers, she says, make it even easier to take a book along on your summer travels.


Every Tuesday, the Homestretch summer book series will focus on a different genre. Listeners will be invited to share their favourite books in that category on Twitter.