I don't know about you and your summer plans, but for me, I like to put in some serious reading time! And I am always searching for that next great summer beach/hammock/airplane/bathtub/porch read...
The skillful way this author weaves together historical fiction with the modern day story of two young people each searching for something, absolutely and completely blew my mind! I could not put this book down! The Arsonist by Stephanie Oaks is a gripping, heart-pounding, jaw-dropping, must-read that will leave you gasping out loud!
When I picture summer, I think of travel. Nights of Rain and Stars gripped me because it truly brought alive those beautiful emotions that only travel can bring out.
The Rope by Nevada Barr
The Rope is a great whodunit, but with the added twist of howdunit, and whydunit! An intense and thrilling read that I highly recommend for anyone who loves the creepy and mysterious.
What an entertaining story! I was enthralled, enraptured, and so entertained from this book's exciting beginning, all the way through to its satisfying ending. This is a story so different from all other books I have ever read!
A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison
Corban Addison is a newer author with only four novels to date, but he quickly made it on to my list of favorite authors with his book "A Walk Across the Sun" (definitely read his other three books as well!). It is inevitable that I will end up sobbing uncontrollably while reading any Corban Addison book, and A Walk Across the Sun was no different. This fictional book tackles the very real and daunting subject of human trafficking-the global trade in human beings. In preparation for this book, the author actually traveled to India and spent time with a human rights agency that combats forced prostitution, interviewed investigators who roam the red light districts looking for tips about minor girls, met children who were rescued from exploitation, and actually went undercover in a brothel. Says Corban about this experience, "At the end of my trip, I went undercover into the brothels of Mumbai. Behind closed doors and drawn shades, I met girls who were not free to leave. I will never forget shaking the brothel owner’s hand after I declined to make a purchase. In our world of shifting shadows, the face of evil is often hard to discern. But I saw it that night. Then I came home and wrote the story." This is not a light beach read, you will cry, but it is such an important subject, written so incredibly, you will not be able to put it down.
This psychological thriller was, to my delight, reminiscent of one of the best selling mystery novels of all time, "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie. When reading "And Then There Were None" I could not get enough of the terrifying notion of being stranded with ten strangers, all of whom are being picked off one by one by an unknown murderer-presumably one of you! That to me, is the absolute height of terror, and one of the most exciting things you could read! So when I began to read The Rules, I could hardly believe my eyes! The Rules definitely followed all the rules of a great terrifying thriller!
I have been crazy about the Jurassic Park movies since I was a kid, and was so stoked to finally be reading the book! The book (per usual) goes into so much more detail than the movie, and I was ecstatic to be discovering these new details! Both the process of how they make the dinosaurs, and Ian Malcom's Chaos Theory, are explained in such wonderful detail that I had a whole new understanding of both subjects, as well as Jurassic Park as a whole! This book is packed full of a crazy amount of things that weren't included in the movie, as well as a completely different ending! You think you know Jurassic Park? You're wrong!
I can't wait to read the second book!
I absolutely adore this book! I have read it three times already, and don't plan on stopping there! To me, Eat Pray Love is a quintessential summer read-travel, self discovery, love, adventure, it really has it all! Each time I've read this inspirational true story, it speaks to me. Each time speaking something different, and every time giving me all the emotions. I know one of the reasons that this book speaks so loud to me, is that I myself have traveled the world, doing several solo trips. I think this book brings back to me those feelings that only being a solo female traveler can give you. This book will give you confidence, self-realization, and a heaping dose of wanderlust!
This book entertained and thrilled me to no end, telling about far off lands and grand adventures! The author's wit and writing style is something absolutely wonderful on its own. I laughed out loud at this true and hilarious account of two expats living in Tarawa, a remote South Pacific Island in the Republic of Kiribati. If you've ever wanted to just pack up your life and move to a deserted island, pick up this book and live vicariously through Maarten and his girlfriend Sylvia, as they navigate a completely new world and way of life.
The Great Brain Series by John D Fitzgerald
I have been reading and re-reading every book in the Great Brain series since I was a kid. They are young adult books but are super entertaining, with tons of heart. These are great quick feel-good reads.
Peace Love and The Books of Summer