Summer reading is under way! Our local library has had a summer theme the past few years, for kids and adults, and this year it's Paws to Read (meaning animal-related). That explains my second book choice below.
The Restoration by Bob Pacilio. I have met the author before (my copy of this book is signed and personalized ) and know about his personality. He's written books about/for teens (he was a long-time teacher in the San Diego area, even winning Teacher of the Year once), but this is his first adult novel. It's about an old one-screen movie house that is being... restored, and the people who are connected to this... restoration who, due to various issues and struggles, need to be... restored. I like the descriptive style and interplay between characters (dialogue is a little stale and simple, but that helps to clarify their emotions), as well as the titled chapters with dates, so you can follow the "when" and "how" of the storyline.
Lonesome George by Henry Nicholls. Sadly, the long-lived tortoise of that name died a couple years ago, but this lighthearted account of his discovery and the history of the Galapagos Islands themselves was nice and informative. A little too much focus on husbandry for my tastes, sad commentary on the extinctions in that area of the world, and some cautionary lessons for the future generations.