Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer Reading Updates

Back in the spring, I did a little round up books that I planned to read during that season.  I had planned to do another round up when summer came around.  However, June 20 came ... and went.  I went through a reading slump, I joined an online summer reading club, and then I forgot to document the books that I planned to read.  At some point, I had briefly mentioned the summer reading club when I started reading The One-in-a-Million Boy.

Another reason I haven't thought to bring up my summer reads is that I am reading e-books at the moment.  To be honest, my Kindle is not very photogenic.  ;)  We recently sold our house and almost all of my books are packed up.  I hadn't bought three of the five of my summer books, so I went ahead on ordered them on e-book so I wouldn't have more books to pack.

I mean, we have enough books to pack as it is!

So, all that to say, these are the next four books in my summer reading club, and a couple thrown in for good measure!

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

This is current book with the online summer reading book club, and I have been itching to read it for a long time!  Once I saw that this was part of the book club line up, I held off to read it during the two weeks set aside for it.  This is about a dysfunctional family that is about to lose their entire inheritance, due to the very bad decisions of one family member.  I don't know why, but I am drawn to dysfunctional family stories.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

I am super excited about this book, specifically because it is historical fiction.  If I had to pick one genre that would be my absolutely favorite, it would be historical fiction.  Add that to the fact that this story is set in London, during WWII, and it's a love story?  I will be surprised if I don't love this book!

The Forgetting Time: A Novel by Sharon Guskin

To be honest, I'm not looking forward to reading this book.  I will read it, since it's scheduled in a couple weeks for the book club.  But, the premise of the story is unsettling.  This is about Janie and her son Noah.  Noah claims that he can remember his previous life, and he wants to go back to his other mother.  Jerome is a professor who has dedicated his life to studying children who remember previous lives.  Jerome is desperate to prove this theories, and he just might have his chance when he meets Janie and Noah.

Before We Visit the Goddess: A Novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The storyline of this story seems a little complicated.  It's basically about a young girl Sabriti who lives in rural India.  A lady named Kolkata takes her under her wing, but something drastic happens between the two of them.  Kolkata's daughter Bela later escapes to America, but she is also unhappy there.  As her marriage crumbles, she gives her daughter Tara many useful life lessons.  I haven't read much about this book, because it seems like the kind of story that is better if you don't know a lot.

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

This book has been on my to-read list for what seems like forever.  I keep putting it on the top of my pile and it somehow ends at the bottom.  This is about an adventure that three people have at three different points in time and, you guessed it, one of the settings is the mountains of Portugal.  This sounds like a really great adventure story!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I have to throw in a little YA. This summer reading, after all!  And there is nothing better than YA to get lost in during the summer.  In the world of YA, this is an 'older' book.  The premise sounds so interesting.  Basically, girl meets boy.  Girl is type A and has her life planned to a 'T.'  Boy is free-spirited and allows her to loosen.  Also, they have 24 hours together and they're going to Paris. Insta-love at its finest, I can only hope!

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