I spend a lot of time reading, especially in the summer. When we head to the beach in a couple of weeks, I will bring several books and spend most of my time reading (this really annoys the hubs). I have been known to go through 3-4 books and have to go buy more during a beach vacation.
So today I am sharing a few books that are on my summer reading list, and also a few of my recommendations that I have already read. Since my list isn’t anything I have read, I am including the info from the publishers.
Super excited about this one! Paula Hawkins wrote Girl on a Train. Hopefully this will be just as good!
From the publisher:
“A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”
J. Courtney Sullivan wrote Commencement, which I really enjoyed. She has a few other books, but I haven’t read them.
From the publisher:
“Nora and Theresa Flynn are twenty-one and seventeen when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. Nora is the responsible sister; she’s shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn’t sure that she loves. Theresa is gregarious; she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan—a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand. Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of a big Catholic family with four grown children: John, a successful, if opportunistic, political consultant; Bridget, quietly preparing to have a baby with her girlfriend; Brian, at loose ends after a failed baseball career; and Patrick, Nora’s favorite, the beautiful boy who gives her no end of heartache. Estranged from her sister, Theresa is a cloistered nun, living in an abbey in rural Vermont. Until, after decades of silence, a sudden death forces Nora and Theresa to confront the choices they made so long ago. A graceful, supremely moving novel from one of our most beloved writers, Saints for All Occasions explores the fascinating, funny, and sometimes achingly sad ways a secret at the heart of one family both breaks them and binds them together.”
I saw Reese Witherspoon post about this, and I have liked other things she has posted. So I am excited to give this a try!
From the publisher:
“No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .
The only way to survive is to open your heart. ”
Did you read Bergdorf Blondes? I love that book! So I am really excited to read another book by Plum Sykes. It will be light hearted, which makes for the perfect summer read!
From the publisher:
“The New York Times bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes takes us back to the decadent 1980s in this comic murder mystery set in the tony world of Oxford University.
It’s 1985, and at Oxford University, Pimm’s, punting, and ball gowns are de rigeur. Ursula Flowerbutton, a studious country girl, arrives for her first term anticipating nothing more sinister than days spent poring over history books in gilded libraries—and, if she’s lucky, an invitation to a ball.
But when she discovers a glamorous classmate on a chaise longue with her throat cut, Ursula is catapulted into a murder investigation.
Determined to bag her first scoop for the famous student newspaper Cherwell, Ursula enlists the help of trend-setting American exchange student Nancy Feingold to unravel the case. While navigating a whirl of black-tie parties and secret dining societies, the girls discover a surfeit of suspects. From broken-hearted boyfriends to snobby Sloane Rangers, lovelorn librarians to dishy dons, none can be presumed innocent—and Ursula’s investigations mean that she may be next on the murderer’s list.
Clueless meets Agatha Christie in this wickedly funny tale of high society and low morals, the first book in Plum Sykes’ irresistible new series.”
So those are a few books that are on my “To Read” list. A few books I recommend are :
The Nest – A great, light, summer read. read my review here
If you like a good “Who Done It”, definitely check out The Cuckoo’s Calling. Plus, it is a series so you can have two more books to read after you finish. Read my review here.
The Kind Worth Killing – this review is coming up next week. Definitely check it out if you like thrillers. And I have heard his other books are good too.
Looking for something a little lighter? Try Today Will Be Different. Funny and quirky, and an easy summer read. Read my review here. Also, if you haven’t read “Where’d You Go Bernadette” read that too.
The Woman In Cabin 10 – I just started this, so there won’t be a review for a little while. But I have heard really great things about it, so I am excited to finish it!
And, of course, anything by Liane Moriarty. You can read the run down of all of her books here.
So what is on your summer reading list? Do you have any suggestions for me?