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Summer Book Recommendations

Manchester Oaks Blog, Franklin, WI Apartments  Treat yourself and your shelf with three book recommendations from our apartment community to your home.

You don’t have to leave your apartment to partake in all the excitement that summer has to offer. Whilst enjoying your time in Manchester Oaks — perhaps you’re chilling in our community clubhouse or serving up your best game on our tennis court — take time to pick up a book and turn your focus to summer reading. Not only does this guarantee an endless amount of adventures without even leaving your apartment or favorite shady spot in the park, but the benefits of reading could have a lasting impact on your life.


According to ABC News, studies have shown that reading regularly, playing mentally challenging games, or doing puzzles slows the progress of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Like many skills, “use it or lose it” applies to our brains.


With that in mind as well as our love for reading, we’re recommending three books to pick up the next time you’re at our local bookstore in Franklin, WI. Don’t just treat yourself this summer. Treat your shelf as well! Here are our recommendations for summer reading:

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Young Adult Fiction) is an exciting adventure set in a dystopian society, where teenager Wade Watt lives on the fringes. When the creator of a popular video game system dies, a virtual contest is created to compete for his billions. And contest users are willing to kill to win.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (Historical Fiction). A Goodreads reviewer describes the book: “January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….”

  • Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharr Davis (Contemporary) follows Jennifer as she hikes the Appalachian Trail, and describes her adventures and the realizations she comes to during the forty-six days it takes to hike the 2,181-mile trail between Maine and Georgia.