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Summer Reading

Posted Jun 27 2011 11:24pm

Good morning everyone!

Check out my guest post over on circuit training over at Meg's site Sunshine 'n Spice! She and her blog are basically awesome :) and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to write something for her!


Some info about me and reading books (fiction). Oh, and don't judge me for anything I say mmkay? Thanks.

*We love each other. Period. Actually, I don't know if it loves me back, but a girl can dream :).

*I have a NOOK and it's dangerous because the books are cheaper. And therefore I buy more. And my bank account still gets smaller. Oh well, totally worth it.

*I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. When I was learning to read, The Boxcar Children were books that I loved- does anyone else remember those? I think they started this love affair.

*I used to get made fun of for reading so much. Seriously, in middle school someone actually told me that I was weird because of it. Not gonna lie, that kind of hurt and for a long time I never admitted my love for reading. Now, I will gladly shout from the rooftops how much of a nerd I am and how much I enjoy it :).

*I can read a book in a day or two- and that doesn't mean it's short. Well, I have to like the book in order for this to happen, duh. I read really fast. I have to get to the end. I must know what happens. This means that I sometimes ignore the people around me because I want to finish...sorry! I finished the final Harry Potter book in two days. I think my mom cried tears of joy when I was done because that meant I would finally start speaking to her on vacay. And, then I started another book ;). Whoops. The one downside about reading at a lightning speed- I don't always remember everything. Oh well, all the more brain space for new words to occupy!

*I have glasses for reading. I got them in 4th grade, and apparently I was super excited about getting them. And, get this, I picked glasses that had math symbols along the side (seriously Lindsay?). Told you, I'm a nerd. But, not gonna lie, I still love that I have glasses...that love may disappear if I ever have to wear them permanently, but for now I like looking intelligent when I wear them.

*I think the main reason that I love to read is because I love escaping into another world for a while. I connect with the characters and I feel for them. I get sad when a book or series ends because I feel like I've lost an acquaintance, or at least a source of entertainment. I cry more reading books than I do watching movies. For me, reading is a true passion and I'm thankful that it's something I will always be able to do :).

A book recommendation:

So, I just finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I LOVED it! The only thing that wasn't completely satisfied with was the ending. I felt like it just stopped...maybe there is going to be another book? I don't know. However, despite that, I seriously would recommend it to anyone! I don't want to give anything away so here is the description from the author's website:


Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.


All three of these characters are awesome and each one has a completely different story- yet they are all intertwined. You get a bit of everything in this book- happiness, love, sadness, anger, frustration, pity, disbelief, humor, etc. The writing was superb. It was never difficult to understand what was happening, yet each character was given their own authentic voice. This novel really makes you think but it never once feels like you're reading it for school. Seriously, go buy it or pick it up at the library. You won't regret it!

Summer Reading List

Now that I've finished The Help, and I will be done with my summer class on Wednesday I need to start thinking about the books I'm going to be reading this summer! Here are some I already have in mind-

The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler


In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. The killer is still at large, and there's only one surviving witness—the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes wanted this boy to die: he's suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes.

It's the sort of work that Bark has sworn he would never do again—ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis of book 1:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.

Summer Renta l by Mary Kay Andrews


Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction….

Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she's made over the past decade of her life. Julia—whose caustic wit covers up her wounds—has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can't hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life.  And Dorie has just been shockingly betrayed by the man she loved and trusted the most in the world…though this is just the tip of the iceberg of her problems and secrets. A month in North Carolina's Outer Banks is just what they each of them needs.

Ty Bazemore is their landlord, though he's hanging on to the rambling old beach house by a thin thread. After an inauspicious first meeting with Ellis, the two find themselves disturbingly attracted to one another, even as Ty is about to lose everything he's ever cared about.

Maryn Shackleford is a stranger, and a woman on the run. Maryn needs just a few things in life: no questions, a good hiding place, and a new identity.  Ellis, Julia, and Dorie can provide what Maryn wants; can they also provide what she needs?

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron


This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.

But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders—will he ever find his purpose?


That's the list for now...I'm sure more will be added soon :).

Do you enjoy reading??What are your favorite books?

What books are on your summer reading list?

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