Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Is My Top Book Summer Read Recommendation
I have read so many books over the last year! Several, I have adored. Some were just good. Others, I have not managed to force my way to the end. That’s the trouble with being a book nerd though, you have to endure the bad to discover the good and on rare occasions encounter the truly great such as Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
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If you are heading off on summer vacation and want to bring a great read, trust me on this one. It’s truly romantic and terribly charming as it tells you a story that you simply don’t want to end. The scenery is so immersive that if you didn’t take that vacation to the Carolina’s you’ll be drawn there for your next one. The characters are unique and have that small-town charm I tend to gravitate to. Plus, it’s a mystery. My very favorite genre.
So What Is Where The Crawdads Sing All About?
It’s about the life of Kya. At six years old she is abandoned and grows up on her own in a little shack tucked into the swamps of North Carolina. As she grows up she becomes an ecologist, an artist, and a collector of nature. And is also accused of murder.
For me, my love of this book is more about the way the story is told than anything else. It is just so beautifully written. The scenery so deeply developed that you can almost smell the salt in the air around you as you read. The poetry that is interwoven throughout the pages is absolutely lovely. I couldn’t get enough.
Before I actually purchased the book, I borrowed it from the library. I had to wait six weeks before a copy became available but it was worth the wait. The reason I didn’t buy it sooner was that I had read some mixed reviews with readers harping on the unlikely ability for a six-year-old to survive, or fussing about the slow start, or picking apart the timeline mercilessly. It made me hesitant.
Now, I wish I had not been swayed by the critics because honestly, of everything I have read over the last year this is the only one that has earned bookshelf space. In my house that is coveted ground.
A Few Other Books I Have Just Finished Reading
The Family Upstairs: Because I loved Lisa Jewell’s Then She Was Gone – I reviewed it here, I thought I would also love The Family Upstairs. I am rating it just good because I confess to losing interest far before the final page. But I did finish it and it was good. I just can’t say it was great.
Big Little Lies: I actually really enjoyed this one! It’s a great mystery and now they have developed it into a tv series which I have not watched yet but intend to. It’s a great mystery, another coastal town story about a murder. The characters are fun and believable and it’s hard to put down. Highly Recommend.
The Wicked Deep: My niece recommended this one to me and it turned out to be a really good story, again set on the coast in a town that is cursed. ( I know I have a thing about coastal towns but hey, I grew up in Maine.) This one tells the story of three witches doomed to haunt the town and claim it’s boys as revenge for being drowned by the townspeople.
Where The Crawdads Sing – From The Book Jacket
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
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I hope you read this one and I hope you love it like I did. It’s my favorite book in a long time and considering the amount I read, that’s high praise. I generally will recommend about one in twenty of the books I devour.
Meet The Author: Delia Owens
Delia Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa including Cry of the Kalahari.
She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and many others.
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