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There are one million new books published each year. With so many books and so little time, where do you begin to find your next must-read? There’s the New York Times Bestseller list, the Goodreads app, the Cape Library’s Staff picks shelf and now Martin’s Must-Reads.Every Wednesday at 6:42 and 8:42 a.m., and Sunday at 8:18 a.m., Betty Martin recommends a must read based on her own personal biases for historical fiction, quirky characters and overall well-turned phrases. Her list includes WWII novels, biographies of trailblazers, novels with truly unique individuals and lots more. Reading close to 100 titles a year, Betty has plenty of titles to share.Local support for "Martin's Must Reads" comes from the Cape Girardeau Public Library and the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library.

Martin's Must Reads: 'People We Meet on Vacation'

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“Poppy,” Swapna says from the head of the dull gray conference table. “What have you got?” For the benevolent ruler of the “Rest & Relaxation” empire, Swapna Bakshi-Highsmith could not possibly exude any less of our fine magazine’s two core values.”

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and those are lines from the first chapter of Emily Henry’s novel People We Meet On Vacation. If you’ve been wondering what this summer’s most talked about beach read is...well, this is probably it. A number of people recommended it to me and I saw a photo of Jimmy Fallon holding a copy.

Poppy and Alex have known each other for twelve years, ever since they met on campus at freshman orientation. They have nothing in common...Poppy doesn’t like school, wears only brightly colored clothing and loves to travel. Alex loves literature, has a closet of multiples of the same drab clothing, prefers to stay home in his hometown taking care of his father and brothers and is a little anal retentive.

They discover they are from the same hometown and after a shared ride home for the holidays, their friendship is cemented. They start a tradition of taking a summer vacation together each year, but always as just friends. Their witty repartee makes for a very fun read.

I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, so I won’t say any more except if you’ve always loved the movie “When Harry Met Sally,” then you must read People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry.

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