Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Great Summer Reads!

I just got back from a great week at Panama City Beach. It was a nice relaxing week after the chaos of the end of the school year. I love to read, but find I don't always have much time for reading during the school year, so I was excited to have the whole week in Florida to read. I read some great books during my week on the beach that I want to share with you all! You can stop reading now if you are looking for professional reads, these are all fun reads :)

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The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen: Here is the summary from Goodreads: "Eight months after dropping out of Tarble, an all-women's college, twenty-two-year-old Ruby Rousseau is still haunted by the memories of her senior year-a year marred by an affair with her English professor and a deep depression that not only caused her to question her own sanity but prompted a failed suicide attempt.

And then a mysterious paisley print suitcase arrives, bearing Ruby's name and address on the tag. When Ruby tries to return the luggage to its rightful owner, Beth Richards, her dorm mate at Tarble, she learns that Beth disappeared two days earlier, and the suitcase is the only tangible evidence as to her whereabouts.

Consumed by the mystery of the missing girl and the contents of the luggage-a tattered copy of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, the book on which Ruby based her senior thesis, and which she believes instigated her madness-she sets out to uncover the truth, not only about Beth Richards's past but also her own. In doing so, Ruby is forced to reexamine the people from her past: the professor who whisked her away to New Orleans and then shattered her heart and the ghosts of dead women writers who beckoned her to join their illustrious group. And when Ruby's storyline converges with Beth's in a way she never imagined, she returns to the one place she swore she never would: her alma mater."

This book has all sorts of twists and turns which kept me hooked!

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Something Blue by Emily Giffin: Here is the summary from Goodreads: "Darcy Rhone has always been able to rely on a few things: Her beauty and charm.  Her fiance, Dex. Her lifelong best friend, Rachel.  She never needed anything else. Or so she thinks until Dex calls off their dream wedding and she uncovers the ultimate betrayal. Blaming everyone but herself, Darcy flees to London and attempts to re-create her glamorous life on a new continent. But to her dismay, she discovers that her tried-and-true tricks no longer apply--and that her luck has finally expired. It is only then that she can begin her journey toward redemption, forgiveness, and true love."

This was probably my least favorite of the books I read. The main character just drove me crazy. I will probably still read Something Borrowed to hear another character's viewpoint of the story. 

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The Language of Sisters by Amy Hatvany: Here is the synopsis from Goodreads: "Ten years ago, Nicole Hunter left her troubled home behind her, unable to cope with the demands of a life with her disabled sister, Jenny. But when a shattering event turns her world upside down, she finds herself back in her hometown, caring for her pregnant sister and trying to heal her embattled relationship with her mother. And when she is faced with the most difficult choice of her life, Nicole rediscovers the beauty of sisterhood-and receives a special gift that will change her life forever."

I really loved this book. It pulled at all of my emotions. I loved the main character and the connection she had with her sister. I'm also a sucker for a happy ending :)

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Family Pictures by Jane Green: Here is the synopsis from Goodreads: "From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They're both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart. As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?"

I enjoyed this book even though I felt like the plot was similar to other books I have read. You can figure out what will happen in the book early on, but I still couldn't seem to put it down. 

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Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen: Here is the synopsis from Goodreads: "Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why it's the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake. It was a place for dreaming. But Kate doesn't believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake's owner, wants to sell the place and move on. Lost Lake's magic is gone. As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life?"

I really liked this is a warm, comfortable read that left a smile on my face. 

I have read all of my books now and would love some suggestions of books that you recommend!

1 comment:

  1. Here's my most recent good ones: "The Girl You Left Behind", "Silver Linings Playbook", and "The Girl on the Train". Thanks for the recommendations of yours!
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