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My Summer Reading List


It's the first day of summer, and I can't think of a better way of kicking it off than sharing my summer reading list. I spend a lot of time reading in the summer...like close to a book per week. Up until about a year ago, I had a roller coaster relationship with reading since my college days where I read constantly since I was an English major. Over the years, I've gone in and out of phases where I devour books and then avoid them. But for a year now, I've been consistently reading and looking forward to the next great read.

So, here are the books I plan to read this summer:

1. Paranoid by Lisa Jackson
I received an advance copy of this book and am just finishing it today (it's available for purchase tomorrow). It's part murder-mystery, part psychological thriller and is incredibly spellbinding and captivating. From the moment the book starts, you are sucked into the action and the on-going plot. This is the first book by Lisa Jackson that I've read, but I'll definitely be reading more by her. I enjoy her writing style.

2. The Deep End by Julie Mulhern
This is the first book in the series, and it's described as part-mystery, part-women's fiction, and part-poetry. Sounds like an interesting combination. I am not gonna lie. I was initially drawn to the book's cover. It reminded me of the Agatha Christie books I loved reading as a teen, especially Death on the Nile. So, I downloaded it and am looking forward to starting it soon.

3. The Rule of Many by Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders
This is book #2 in the series. The first book is The Rule of One, which I read last month and you can read my recap here. After fleeing the United States, fugitive twin sisters Ava and Mira Goodwin head to Canada to escape the Rule of One which states that each household is permitted only one offspring. In this book the book the twins decide to turn themselves in to the ruthless governor of Texas. A revolution of sorts occurs. Will the twins face death or revolt with success?

4. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This has been on my reading list for a long time, and one friend devoured it in a day. She says it that good! This is a rock and roll tale set in Los Angeles in the 1960s. Daisy Jones is an aspiring singer who connects with The Six, a band led by Billy Dunne. Their combination is electric, and the stories about rock and roll are intriguing and addicting.

5. California Girls by Susan Mallery
When three sisters get dumped in the same week, they band together to rebuild their lives. I'm about 1/3 of the way through this book, and it's a fun read. The sisters are very different in their personalities and their approaches to their respective break ups. This is an easy read with great character development.

6. This Is Not Over by Holly Brown
I bought this book on a whim at Barnes & Noble when it was on sale. When I read the back cover, I was confused about the exact plot of the book, but it sounded good enough. Two women who are harboring secrets that neither wants to share but rather keep hidden.

7. The Party by Robyn Harding
Rather than throw an extravagant sweet 16 for their daughter, Jeff and Kim decided to have a small, intimate gathering at the home for Hannah and four of her friends, Pizza, cake, movies, and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong? But everything does go wrong. And soon Jeff and Kim discover that secrets about their marriage and their daughter are revealed.

8. In the Darkness by Mike Omer
I've been patiently waiting for this book to be released after I read and loved the prequel, A Killer's Mind, at the end of last summer. This is a murder/mystery that's spellbinding with a lot of fast action and twists and turns that you never see coming.

9. On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah
If you've never read a Kristin Hannah book, you need to! Just choose one and read it. Any book I've read by her has been phenomenal. Descriptive characters that you come to know and adore, engaging storylines, and amazing endings. I'm excited to read this one as it's been a while since I've read a book by Kristin Hannah.

10. The Friends We Keep by Jane Green
Green is another one of my favorite authors. Not one of her books is bad. You can't go wrong with any book you choose. This book is her latest release and promises to be a page-turner. When three college friends reunite after 30 years, each is looking for a second chance at happiness until secrets are revealed. But this book comes full circle with the message that despite disappointments, everyone deserves to find a place where they feel at home.

11. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
I've only ever read one bad review of this book. Everyone loves it. Most recently a friend whose grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor read it and said it was one of the best books she has ever read....and she has read a lot of books. I've wanted to read it for a quite a while but have been waiting for the price to come down on the digital download. But I don't know, I may just go for it because I really want to read it sooner rather than later.

12. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
It just wouldn't be summer without reading a little Elin Hilderbrand. With her trademark Nantucket setting, you feel as if you are on the island and part of the action. I started this book years ago, and never finished it. So, I am adding it to my list for this summer.

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