THANKS TO EVERYONE who submitted their picks for GREAT SUMMER READS... and congratulations to this summer's 3 winners...

Each have scored wonderful books from Canada's East Coast.

If you missed any of our featured books you can scroll down and click on the picture of the book to review.

Oh and BIG thanks to our sponsors - Flanker Press, Nimbus Publishing and Acorn Press - we're very grateful.

Stay tuned for more great free stuff!!! SABS



Tell us what books you'll be reading this summer & you could WIN!

Each week beginning June 1st through until August 31st we'll be featuring a great book from Atlantic Canada and...

At the end of each month we'll give away the books that were featured.

All you need to do is tell us what book you're looking forward to reading this summer or better yet tell us what book we should read...one you couldn't put down...one you've read over and over...one that brings back memories...one that....oh you get the picture...

Just use the comment section below to register...

* your name

* the book title

* the author

* and (if you don't mind) just a smidge on why you want to read it or why you recommend we do.

We'll build the "Great Summer Reading" list over the course of June, July and August... choosing our winner at random from those that have entered each month.

Stay tuned as we showcase some showstopping selections along with your suggestions...

Can't wait to celebrate great East Coast reading!!! SABS

Click on the pictures to check out our featured books...

Maiden from the Sea - Great Summer Reads - June week 1 adKiss the Joy as it Flies - SHEREE FITCH profileI AM AN ISLANDER by Patrick Ledwell profileThe Reluctant Detective by Finely Martin profileRIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME - Bruce Rainnie



  1. A book I would recommend to read would definitely be an Atlantic Canadian book! I love reading local! "Hit & Mrs." by Lesley Crewe was a great book. It was really funny and I loved that I could visualize the place it was set. I love when I read something and can visualize where it is set! The profiles of the characters were very well-written. I love Lesley Crewe's work! I can't wait to read more local artist's books this summer though. A book I will defianently be reading soon is "Her Mother's Daughter" by Lesley Crewe and I can't wait! I heard it was fantastic 🙂

    Comment by Danielle — May 30, 2012 @ 9:26 am

  2. "Annabel" by Kathleen Winter. I have read this already and it is a phenomenal read by a phenomenal Newfoundland author. I recommend this to everyone!

    Comment by Melanie Bickford — May 30, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

  3. I work in a public library and this would be such a helpful feature for recommending great books to people! I am looking forward to hearing others suggestions 🙂

    Comment by Danielle — May 30, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

  4. That Thoughtful Shore by. NL author Trudy Morgan-Cole. Inspired by post cards found in a 150 year old house in Coley's Point NL. By The Rivers of Brooklyn is another by Trudy. Both gripping novels! Highly recommend both!

    Comment by Kathi Stacey — June 2, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

  5. Iris Johanssen's - Bonnie
    Steve Berry - The Templar Legacy

    Comment by Lynda — June 4, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  6. Oak Island Revenge-Cynthia D'Entremont is my summer read and I won it compliments of Nimbus Publishing.

    Comment by Lee Martin — June 5, 2012 @ 11:42 am

  7. I recommend The Town that Drowned by Riel Nason - really great book that reflects actual New Brunswick history.

    Comment by Joy M. — June 8, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

  8. I loved Glass Castles by Jeannette Walls and is always a favourite re-read. Just when you think your family is out there you read this and think - hey life is normal - lol!

    Comment by Debbie Wood — June 9, 2012 @ 7:04 am

  9. I just borrowed 'Historic Annapolis Valley: Rural Life Remembered' by Mike Parker, from the Wolfville library. I am looking forward to reading it. It has many pictures of the apple industry which is of particular interest to me. I just finished reading 'Seven Crows A Secret' by local author E. A.(Betty) Morgan. I liked it because I like local history and autobiographical-like stories.

    Comment by Angie Chase — June 9, 2012 @ 10:48 am

  10. Don't Have you Baby in the Dory author H. Gordon Green
    I enjoy learning about the history of the East Coast.
    Both my my parents are from the east coast (Cape Breton and NB.).
    Not only the history of the area , but about the people that made a difference.

    Comment by Kathie Graham — June 9, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

  11. Another book I would love to read is Sheree Fitch's "Kiss the Joy as it Flies", it looks like a great read!

    Comment by Danielle — June 10, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

  12. Hi! I'm reading "The Mysterious Island" by Jules Verne. I became interested in Verne after watching Journey to the Center of the Earth with Brendan Frasier and Josh Hutcherson. I like it because it's about survival and hope and faith.

    Comment by Lourdes Tolentino — June 10, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

  13. I recommended reading "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck. It's epic, which makes for a great summer read, a long book to bring to the beach with you. Everyone needs to read this booK!

    Comment by Laurie Burns — June 14, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

  14. right now I am readying The Hunger Games Trilogy...mostly because it is easy summer reading ( I get distracted so easily in the summer!) I do have a pile of books I have on call to read, it is just a matter of reading or walking the beach...here in pei,..which call is the strongest, and usually it is the beach!

    Comment by Charlene Wakefield — June 15, 2012 @ 9:07 am

  15. I recently read a very interesting book about "The Hermit of Gully Lake" from Pictou County, NS after hearing about him from Dave Gunning. Dave Gunning is a local artist also from Pictou County. I am a big fan of his and I am proud to call him a friend! 🙂 He wrote a song about this man called "Let Him Be" and after hearing the song and story behind it numerous times, I went on a search for the book and read it. It was a great book and he was an interesting man!

    Comment by Danielle — June 16, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

  16. Some of the best local books ever written: Curse of the Red Cross Ring (Earl B. Pilgrim); The Captain and the Girl (Earl B. Pilgrim); Mattie Mitchell: Newfoundland's Greatest Frontiersman (Gary Collins); Cabot Island (Gary Collins); The Last Farewell (Gary Collins); The Badger Riot (J. A. Ricketts); The Badger Confession (J. A. Ricketts); The Badger Redemption (J. A. Ricketts); Danny Williams: The War with Ottawa (Bill Rowe); Rosie O'Dell (Bill Rowe); Lion Hunter (John Clarke); Maiden from the Sea (Nellie P. Strowbridge); Catherine Snow (Nellie P. Strowbridge); Corner Boys (Robert Hunt); The Banting Enigma (William R. Callahan).

    Comment by Jerry — June 19, 2012 @ 9:30 am

  17. The 20 year anniversary of the cod moratorium seems a fitting time for my summer read: "Terranova: The Spanish Cod Fishery on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland in the Twentieth Century". I love to read about East Coast history as much as I enjoy East Coast literature!

    Comment by Jennifer Doucette — June 26, 2012 @ 9:25 am

  18. ^oops, I didn't include the author, Rosa Garcia-Orellan.
    I also hope to read "The Marvellous Terrible Place" by Yva Momatiuk, as I'm new to The Rock.

    Comment by Jennifer Doucette — June 26, 2012 @ 9:30 am

  19. "Reavers" George MacDonald Fraser - a british author of the famed Flashman series - I just can't get enough of his humour & wit ~ along with all I learn in his novels.

    Comment by Kele Redmond — June 26, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  20. I am looking forwars to reading: Landslide: The jack Hickey Story as Jack is my first cousin and eight of my photos are in the book.

    Comment by Aiden Mahoney — June 27, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  21. Hi, I'm reading "FIREFLY SUMMER" By Maeve Binchy. Love her novels.

    Comment by Moe Fraser — July 5, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

  22. Well, with all this room...! 🙂

    I just finished two great books. One is "The Boat Who Wouldn't Float" by Farley Mowat. I'd been meaning to read it for a while and I'm interested to know what my friends in NL think about it. I seem to recall that it was rather controversial when it was first published in 1969 and Mowat certainly pulled no punches in talking about the way that Confederation had affected the "traditional" NL way of life. But in addition to some really biting political commentary, the book is absolutely hilarious.

    The other is a YA novel called "Catch Me Once, Catch Me Twice," by Janet McNaughton. It was recommended by a friend of mine who teaches at MUN's folklore department. Set in St. John's during WWII, it is a young girl's coming of age story mixed in with a bit of fairy lore. I hadn't realized til just now that there is actually a sequel! I'll have to read that one next.

    Comment by Irina O. — July 6, 2012 @ 1:58 am

  23. My first read of the summer was Ami McKay's "The Virgin Cure" which I really enjoyed and still creeps into my thoughts as I ponder the lives and hardships of New York's girls and women in the late 1800's. I have built up a cache of books from Atlantic Canadian authors and I plan to dive into them this summer. They include Lesley Crewe's "Shoot Me", Frank MacDonald's "A Forest for Calum" and David Adams Richards' "The Lost Highway". Happy Reading Everyone!

    Comment by Donalda Rooyakkers — July 9, 2012 @ 9:47 am

  24. I enjoyed reading Foul Deeds by Linda Moore. Rosalind was a character I could really root for, a strong female hero. I loved the story and have read it more than once. Rosalind seemed so real. I loved the other characters, even the dog. The suspense was great. I thought the story was very credible and very well-written. I liked that Sophie could use the tarot, which added an interesting texture to the story. I use tarot as well. I related to that. There was nothing a reader could not relate to in the story. It deserves a place on everyone's bookshelf and I look forward to reading more by the author.

    Comment by Heddy Johannesen — July 9, 2012 @ 9:47 am

  25. One of my first summer reads...Ami Mckay's The Virgin Cure, planning to pick up. Helene Boudreau's next "real mermaid" book for my daughter, and did I see Phillip Roy has a new one for my son? and then there is Joann Yhard...perhaps we will check out Valerie Sherrard as well...reading is tops on our list...shows in 4 excellent report cards!

    Comment by Karen Stewart — July 9, 2012 @ 9:49 am

  26. Hermit Of Gully Lake is a great read!

    Comment by Lee Martin — July 9, 2012 @ 10:10 am

  27. Oak Island Revenge byCynthia d'Entremont is on my list this week compliments of Nimbus Publishing

    Comment by Lee Martin — July 9, 2012 @ 10:13 am

  28. The Shoemakers Wife by Adriana Trigiani is on my list to read starting tonight :-). It was also mentioned on The View TV show. Sounds very interesting!

    Comment by ann — July 9, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  29. I'm reading Pamela Callow's new book "Tattooed" and loving it! If you like smart edge-of -your-seat thrillers, this is for you...the third in a great series and perfect for summer, but make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen, because once you start, you won't be able to put it down!

    Comment by Linda Brooks — July 11, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

  30. I'm currently reading Ocean Sea by Alessandro Baricco. Just finished What We All Long For by Dionne Brand, which is superb. Next up is Rob Winger's The Chimney Stone. He is an amazing young Canadian poet and everybody should explore his work.

    Comment by Liz — July 17, 2012 @ 9:50 am

  31. So many books on my must read list - hard to choose just one, but I'm particularly looking forward to Helene Boudreau's 'Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath.'

    Right now I'm reading Gerald Clarke's biography of Truman Capote, which is a fascinating story.

    Comment by Anne White — July 17, 2012 @ 9:57 am

  32. I'm recommending Submarie Outlaw, by Philip Roy.
    My granddaughter was visiting for 2 weeks in July, I asked a friend (with an 8 year old boy) for a chapter book suggestion, (that I could read at bed time) and he recommended Submarine Outlaw, I wasn't sure if it would be a hit for a, nearly, 8 year old girl, but he made sound so exciting I had to get it. It was a hit! She loved it and I did too!!

    Comment by Anna Fraser — July 20, 2012 @ 1:00 am

  33. Finishing off The Hunger Games trilogy right now, and once I'm finished this I'll be diving into the last of the Lucy Maud Montgomery books I haven't read. Highly recommend the last three books of her "Anne of Green Gables" series for anyone -- in my opinion, the exploits of her children are even more entertaining than Anne's.

    Anyone looking for a great East Coast read, I'd pick up anything by Lynn Coady. The Antagonist was certainly deserving of all the accolades it received.

    Comment by Peggy — July 25, 2012 @ 10:21 am

  34. Maiden from the Sea
    By Nellie P. Strowbridge

    I would love to read this, as coming from Cape Breton, stories about the sea have surrounding my childhood. I also love historical fiction.

    Comment by Lori Sheffield-Bowles — July 31, 2012 @ 9:54 am

  35. LANDSLIDE: The Jack Hickey Story by Bruce Stagg as I love true stories!

    Comment by Cheri Gallant — July 31, 2012 @ 9:56 am

  36. Rogues and Rascals by Bob Kroll of Halifax will be a wonderful read for all those hot August nights at the camp.

    Comment by Paul MacKenzie — August 1, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  37. The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong-- historical recreation of the life of a real New Brunswick settler from 1775. Truth really is stranger than fiction- this woman led a 'wild' life!

    Comment by sara fraser — August 7, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

  38. Well, historical fiction pulls me in if it is well done. For THAT, I just love Diana Gabaldon, and she has a newish book, The Scottish Prisoner. Conn Iggulden's works on Genghis Khan were fascinating, and even the battles were riveting. His series on Julius Caesar is even more riveting, partly because of the man and partly because of the vivid way ancient Rome and Europe is described. I WOULD be reading Lindsey Davis's Marcus Didius Falco series if I hadn't already devoured them. Funny, detailed historical mysteries set in the Golden Age of Rome, with an engaging fun guy as 'gunshoe' who solves things with a buddy and a tolerant wife, very humorous in parts and always almost 3D in the descriptions. Guess I love ancient things...

    Comment by heather MacAuley — August 7, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

  39. I read a tonne of books, and most would make excellent reads. However, if we're talking about the beach specifically, and you don't mind a bit of intensity, I think Justin Cronin's THE PASSAGE should fit the bill. An epic tale of vampire infestation that spans generations, it is the definition of the term "page turner." It's 700+ pages long, but they fly by. Cronin has penned a riveting read that recalls Stephen King at his finest. And it wipes the sorry taste of those TWILIGHT vampires from your mouth.

    Comment by Corey Redekop — August 8, 2012 @ 8:29 am

  40. I would love to win a copy of this book because i lived in PEI for 5 years in late 80's and cannot forget the beauty of PEI. All NS books are indeed a great read. Many Many come to mine!

    Comment by Lee Martin — August 16, 2012 @ 10:50 am

  41. I am looking forward to reading Kiss the Joy as it Flies. As a resident of River John (where Sheree Fitch now lives) it will be interesting to connect the "read" with the author.

    Comment by Margaret Jones — July 18, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

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