Summer is indeed upon us and I have been trying my best to get back on the reading train the past few weeks.
I also thought I could share here, the books that I have read in the past few months, including my recent read to catch up with my Goodreads Challenge (which yes I totally surpassed and blew right through my goal of 12 for the year a few months back) and also share some great books to read just in time for summer reading and possible summer vacations for many.
So sit back and get the low down on some great summer reads now from my recent finished books.
“Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.”
My Take Away:
Here is the thing, this book was a bit slow in the beginning, but then as the chase was on to find Bernadette by her beloved daughter, Bee, I could help but get swept up in finding out what really happened to Bernadette.
Added bonus that they referenced The Beatles with many of their hit songs, as the mom-daughter pair had an affinity for the band (anyone who references The Beatles in their book gets props from me).
Trust me, you will not be sorry, you give this one a whirl!
“When Gabby first met Elliott she knew he was the man for her. In twenty years of marriage she has never doubted her love for him – even when he refused to give her the one thing she still wants most of all. But now their two daughters are growing up Gabby feels that time and her youth are slipping away. For the first time in her life she is restless. And then she meets Matt . .
Intoxicated by the way this young, handsome and successful man makes her feel, Gabby is momentarily blind to what she stands to lose on this dangerous path. And in one reckless moment she destroys all that she holds dear.
Consumed by regret, Gabby does everything she can to repair the home she has broken. But are some betrayals too great to forgive?”
My Take Away:
I kept seeing the ads for this book when the book was first published all over the Internet and had to see what the buzz was about. I will admit, I am a bit younger then the lead character (Gabby), but still her plight had me intrigued and felt a bit of an affinity towards Gabby.
I am in no way con doing her behavior of cheating on her trustworthy and loving husband, but still the author gave good reasons as to why she would indeed do this and turn her world upside down and yet she had likable enough persona that you couldn’t help, but root for her and hope she found her way out of the whole she dug for herself (at least I couldn’t help, but feel this way).
This book is a definite beachy, summertime read with enough steam and scandal to keep the reader going and entertained.
“Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape…and winds up getting her groove back–and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief. Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals–and other men are noticing?”
My Take Away:
I had been granted a Barnes & Noble credit after recent Nook lawsuit.
Not going to lie, I started out reading books on my first e-reader, the Nook back a few years ago, but quickly switched over to Kindle and then iPad (iBooks). But since, I had the credit, I took a look at the Daily Finds (bargain priced books from B & N each day) and found this book, which sounded like a fun, light read.
It totally was and then some and must admit I just checked on Amazon and currently is $1.99 and to be honest totally worth it. So, if you are looking for a cheaper, but equally entertaining read for the summer time this one is a steal and worthy to me me with again likable, fun and characters worth investing in for a sudsy, summertime read.
“Victoria Leonard answers phone in Manhattan office to hear oldest friend Caitlin Somers, with a wedding invitation. Caitlin dazzled Vix from the 1977 Martha’s Vineyard start, with her unruly family, privilege, and sexual daring. One shattering summer night haunts years to come. Choices of love define their lives. Caitlin still has the power to break Vix’s heart.”
My Take Away:
As a kid, I loved Judy Blume. Seriously what is not to love about this author, especially as a young girl, myself, who thoroughly enjoyed such titles as, “Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret” or “Flubber”.
I was a bit skeptical about her writing as an adult author though, but quickly got into the story about two young girls who became lifelong friends with so many ups and downs to cover their mileage in years. The story was reminiscent of that of tales with the likes of Beaches and other equally epic friendship sagas.
I couldn’t put this book down and for the mere mention that many of the adventures took place during summer vacations, where it all began for these girls (and women alike), plus the word summer being in the title – this one is a must summer read in my book!
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