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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Summer Reading 2013

I have always been the girl that reads every book the teacher assigns. I'm wasn't a teacher's pet by a long shot but I just devour books. From trashy chick lit (this is the majority of my reading these days - they can't see the cover if you're reading it on a Kindle or iPad...) to NY Times best sellers, I am always searching Amazon for the newest, hottest, latest. When my mom threatened to cancel my Kindle/Amazon account that was automatically getting charged to her credit card, I almost had a stroke. Crisis averted, though, and now I am on the hunt for my Summer reading list. If any of you have suggestions PLEASE send them my way. Below are a few reads that I enjoyed in the last two years and a couple I'm excited to dive into. Nothing better than a book on the beach! Now all we need is the beach weather... 

Gone Girl - Read this before the movie comes out! I was TOTALLY fooled and had myself saying "oh no she didntttttt"

Not Quite Mine - I always search high and low for good chick lit (and by good I mean that I like it and not that it is a "good" book) sometimes light, beach reads are the best. Texas socialite finds a baby on her doorstep and tries to hide it from her family and her ex-secret lover Dean (best friend of her older brother). Sparks fly when Dean starts to figure out what's going on.

Wallbanger - sounds a little sketchy but this book, set in San Francisco, is a light-hearted romance novel that I would be shocked if they didn't adapt it into a screenplay (and it doesn't have anything to do with vampires).

Seating Arrangements - artfully written. amazingly rich descriptions and a good summer book about a summer wedding in Maine.

Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel - Fifty Shades of Grey in NYC where both characters have secrets and, Eva, the main character, is much savvier and more experienced/put together/less naive than Ana from 50SOG. The 4th one is coming out in a week.

Rules of Civility - adored this. any 20 something (and older) woman living in NYC (or who appreciates Manhattan) will enjoy the stark contrast between NYC back then and NYC today and the similarities that still stand. Such a good book.

Room - written in the perspective of a 5 year old boy who was born in captivity (his mother was kidnapped and they have been kept in a room his whole life a la the Cleavland kidnappings) who only knows that the room exists and not the outside world.

In the Garden of Beasts - non fiction that reads as well as fiction about the U.S. ambassador to Germany and his family during Hitler's rise to power. If you like historical fiction or this time period, this book is a must read. Erik Larson is a genius. I literally could not believe the story was true because of the intricate details of the plot. Also loved "Devil in the White City," by him, as well.

Deadly Fear, Deadly Heat, Deadly Lies - one part criminal minds and one part sizzling romance novel series.

Favorite Romance Novel Authors
-Anything by Rachel Gibson (pretty sure I've read almost all of her books - 
(favorites include "a lot like love" and "any man of mine")
-Julie James (attorneys, cops, etc. mostly set in Chicago)
-Cynthia Eden (some are a little too paranormal for me...)
-Toni Aleo (hockey romance novels - what's not to love..)

Books I want to read:
"Brain on Fire" - Susannah Cahalan
"Girls in White Dresses" -Jennifer Close
"The Secret History - Donna Tartt
"What She Saw" - Lucinda Rosenfeld
"The Emperor's Children" -Claire Messud
"Bring up the Bodies" -Hilary Mantel

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