Summer break is right around the corner for me! I am sooooooo excited to do projects around the house, hang with my kids, go to the beach, sleep in and lots of other fun stuff! In Sacramento, it really heats up, so the evenings are pretty fun to sit outside, beverage in hand, reading a great book while the kids play in the backyard. I have revived my love of reading since I have been able to carve more time to partake in the hobby. I gathered up some must read books for the summer.
I read this book in college and was very engrossed in the story. It is about a young girl who doesn’t have much of a childhood, so she is stuck in front of the TV eating food. Once she becomes a young woman, she finds herself 257 pounds. While most teenagers are having the time of their lives, Delores is faced with many issues of divorce, rape, obesity, and mental illness.
The Baker’s Daughter came recommended by my mom and sister in law. It is next on my list to read! This story is about a journalist who is trying to finish a feel good Christmas story and goes to interview the owner of a German bakery. This is a book about the past and present involving a story about World War II and the Nazi’s. Looks fab!
This is one of my favorite books and it is definitely a fun summer read! Owen Meany is a dwarfish boy with a strange voice who accidentally kills his best friend’s mom with a baseball and believes–accurately–that he is an instrument of God, to be redeemed by martyrdom. Once you read the book, you can watch the movie Simon Birch that is based off the book.
I was at a garage sale a few summers ago and the lady was selling TONS of amazing books. She was in a book club, so I scored big time. This is one of the books I bought. The main character is a young Nigerian refugee whose very existence changes the lives of a group of English citizens in dramatic ways.
The Husband’s Secret captured my interest immediately because I wanted to know the SECRET! Cecilia finds a letter written to her from her husband and learns a terrible secret from his past. There are two other women in the novel that barely know Cecilia in which her husband’s secret will affect all of their lives. I liked this book because it was entertaining and easy to read when I had time.
This was probably one of my favs so far! A young girl named Victoria has just turned 18 and is no longer a part of the foster care system. She struggles with relationships, but finds a way to communicate with people through the language of flowers. Victoria finds a job working in a florist shop and while working there, she is forced to confront a painful secret from her past. This one is a must have!!
If you LOVED Gone Girl, then you will probably love this book. My mom is reading this book right now and is loving it! Once she finishes it, I get to borrow it. It is one of those psychological thriller mystery types of books that will keep you entertained while you sip a beverage of choice in the late evenings.
I read this back in college and couldn’t put it down. Amir, the son of a well-to-do Afghani , has a best friend, Hassan, who is the illiterate child of Amir’s father’s long-time servant. Both children are motherless. A horrific event, a secret kept, the loss of personal honor, and a lie come between the boys, in which the story follows them into adulthood. Lots of twists with this story…I may re-read this book over the summer, it was that good.
This is a memoir that really touched my soul. This is a story about two people who were the most unlikely to ever become friends. It is written in both perspectives from Denver Moore (the modern day slave, homeless man) and Ron Hall, the upscale art dealer and how Ron’s wife brought them together.
Barefoot is one of those easy reads about 2 sisters and a friend that decide to stay in a little cottage by the beach for the summer with their children. All of them are trying to escape from some problem in their lives and they hire a college boy native, Josh to be their babysitter. I won’t share too many details, but it is easily relatable for us women in their 30’s and 40’s. Perfect book for any relaxing vacation!
If you are looking for more books to read, check out my post I did with recommendations of books to read over winter break. What are you all planning to read this summer? I would love to add more to my list! (2672)