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Summer Reads

Reading was one of my 2015 goals and I'm happy to report that I've been going strong with it!  It's probably the goal I've done the best at so far actually, ha.  At this moment, I'm about half way through Me Before You and I am LOVING it.  So, so, so good and I now want to read all of the Jojo Moyes books.  Highly recommend.  One I wouldn't recommend?  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.  I really enjoyed Gone Girl but I just could not get into this one.  The story was slow to unroll and it was overall pretty dark and depressing.  Now I understand why it was on sale when I bought it ;)

One book a month has been my goal so far this year but being that summer is officially here and the days are longer and a bit more relaxing, I'm hoping to get a bit more reading in than normal.  There are so many great books out there that I want to get to! 

Here's what I've got on the agenda...

**Big thank you to Amanda for introducing me to Befunky - an amazing photo editing software that is FREE!

Where'd You Go BernadetteIt all begins with a promise: If eighth-grader Bee Fox earns a picture perfect report card, she and her family will depart on a cruise to Antarctica. The prospect of the trip is exciting; too exciting, it soon becomes apparent, for Bee's brilliant, severely agoraphobic architect mom, who, just a day before the scheduled departure, simply disappears. Taking the loss of her mother to heart, Bee begins a feverish, yet systematic search for her, thus piecing together in the process the dynamics of an unforgettable family.

What Alice ForgotAlice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.  So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. 

Someday, Someday, MaybeIt’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club.  Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet.  Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.

The RumorMadeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something's changed, and if there's anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it's a good rumor.  As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they've worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight--but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it. 

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess7 is the true story of how Jen took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.  Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe “seven sacred pauses.” So, what’s the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It’s the discovery of a greatly increased God—a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better existence.

All the Light We Cannot SeeMarie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

I'll make sure to report back with reviews later this summer!  What's on your 'to read' list?

Related: See my 6 Must Read books here
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40 comments

  1. These are great books, lady! I loved What Alice Forgot and Someday Maybe! Both were great in their own way!

    The Rumor and All the Lights We Cannot See sound like awesome reads. On my list now!

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  2. Where'd You Go Burnadette is really quirky and different, but really good! And you know how much I loved What Alice Forgot! Some of these were already on my never-ending read list and now I've added a few more!

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  3. What Alice Forgot has been on my bedside table since January and I have yet to start it. Im dying to read it this summer and hope I can before new baby gets here!!!

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  4. The first book sounds very good, and the one that you are loving right now does too. Thank you so much for sharing!! :-)

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  5. This is probably the third time I've heard someone recommend "Me Before You" so I think I'm convinced now! "What Alice Forgot" looks intriguing though too. Sometimes I wish I could just have a week vacation all alone, on a beach somewhere with nothing to do but read. It's getting harder and harder to get books finished these days, I hate it!

    x. Morgan / morningappleblog.com

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  6. What Alice Forgot sounds like a good read, definitely putting that on my "to read next" list :)

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  7. I have What Alice Forgot on my Nook ready to read as soon as I have some free time! I've heard great things! The Rumor sounds interesting too!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  8. I absolutely love book recommendations- thanks for sharing! Not sure if you ever read Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah but I just started reading the sequel to it, Fly Away. It's pretty good so far!

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  9. I read your first two. What Alice Forgot is one of my favorites from that author. It really makes you think!
    Ill have to add a few more from your list onto my To Read list now!

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  10. I'm so happy that you chose books that I really haven't heard of so I'm going to add all of these to my list!! Thanks so much girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  11. I think I NEED to read that Jen Hatmaker book. I already tend to be a bit of a shopper (as you know). But having kids has multiplied that!!! Adding that and a few others of these to my list of books to read:) Thanks, Katie!:)

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  12. I saw the cover of Where'd You Go Bernadette at the library and it drew me in. I haven't read it yet. What Alice Forgot is my next read after a very old book....Good In Bed. I'm so behind with so many authors!

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  13. I loved Where'd You Go, Bernadette last summer and it is so quirky and fun! I hate to hear that Dark Places was hard to get into. xo

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  14. yeck i didnt like dark places either! wayyy too dark. I loved Where'd you go bernadette! and i just got All the Light We Cannot See the other day for my birthday! cant wait to start that one. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  15. Ah! Yes! I did not like Dark Places yet I loved Gone Girl. I didn't think anyone else felt the same! :-p I have Sharp Objects and am hesitant to read it now. I want to read all of these though. Gosh, I need to make more time for reading!

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  16. This is such a great list! I'm sad to report that I'm failing horribly at my 2015 book challenge - maybe all these lists will help inspire me to get back to it. Someday, Someday Maybe sounds right up my alley, I love the premise!

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  17. I keep hearing mixed reviews on the What Alice Forgot book... I may just do the movie for that one ;)

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  18. These all sound great! I really need to start reading more...

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  19. These sound like some great reads! Def going to have to check this out!

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  20. The Rumor is on my request list. I tried to read the Lauren Graham one but didn't make it very far. I do want to try it again.

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  21. summer reads are my fave! I have heard such great things about Me Before You and now I am off to Amazon to get it!!

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  22. I love book posts because it always gives me new things to read :)

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  23. I have heard such great things about Elin Hilderbrand & definitely need to start reading her books! Thanks for all the great book suggestions :)
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  24. I agree. Dark Places was not as good as Gone Girl. Although Gone Girl is hard to top! Let me know how the Lauren Graham book is!

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  25. Where'd You Go, Bernadette was an amazing book! I love all of Liane Moriarty's books!

    Enjoy your reading! :)

    Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

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  26. I really want to read "Someday Someday maybe!"

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  27. I have got to up my reading game before theres no summer left! I have two in mind but after this post I may have to add more!

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  28. What Alice Forgot is so good! I can't praise it enough.

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  29. I want to read Me Before You and I am very intrigued by Lauren Graham's book!

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  30. I want to read The Rumor! Me Before You is such a good book!

    Her Heartland Soul
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  31. The Doerr book is really something. It's an odd man out in your list, but I encourage you to persevere and read the whole thing. It is complex and very beautifully made; there are a lot of little moving pieces, and about halfway through the book all of them start to slide into place, and then you won't be able to stop reading.

    Keep at it, it's worth it. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of it.

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  32. All of these books sound so good! All of the Light We Cannot see is on my list too and I can't wait to read it. I've been debating about reading What Alice Forgot so you'll have to let me know how it is! :)

    Jenni // The Beautiful Little Fools

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  33. I've read What Alice Forgot, and I wasn't a huge fan until my book club discussed it. Then I liked it a bit more. I have so many books on my "to-read" list and always have a hard time deciding what should be next!

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  34. Oh, Someday, Someday Maybe is on my list too! And I am RIGHT there with you on the Dark Places book. I finished it mainly because I just felt like I needed to get through it, but goodness it was so dark & so depressing. Yuck. Thanks for a few more titles to add to my list!

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  35. I'm reading What Alice Forgot right now and so far so good. I did not like All The Light...found it to be very slow. I loved Where'd You Go Bernadette. Very funny and a great summer read. I look forward to checking out your other recommendations.

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  36. All The Light We Cannot See has been on my list forever, I think I'll end up just buying the book because my library waitlist doesn't seem to be moving! I can totally see what you mean about Dark Places, have you read Sharp Objects? I liked that one better than Dark Places and Gone Girl! One Plus One has been my second favorite Jojo Moyes book so far!

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  37. Awesome reading list. I love the cover art for each novel, and I'm sure the plot of each book is captivating. Since July is around the corner, I think I'll add some of these to my birthday wishlist.

    Happy Saturday
    http://www.lovecompassionatelee.com/thinkoutloud/2015/6/22/62215

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  38. the only one i've read is someday someday maybe - i hope you like it! that 7 book sounds interesting.

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  39. Random question... Is that written by THE Lauren Graham from Gilmore girls?!

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  40. I love Where'd You Go Bernadette. That is actually the only one I have read on your list. But I've heard What Alice Forgot is good. Have you read Little Big Lies? It is SO SO good. I am reading The Goldfinch now. It is a little slow, but good.

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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