After a week and a half of vacation, it’s finally time for me to get back to work. It’s been a long time since I have had a vacation that has truly felt like a vacation should-fun and relaxing. My cousin’s wedding brought us all together in Newport, RI and I was fortunate enough to build in some extra days before and after, which allowed me to spend some time in Boston as well. I have never to been to either place and had a fantastic time just wandering around with my siblings and eating ALL the seafood. What I didn’t do is read, so my Monday list is tiny! That’s ok, this short report means I have more time to search for the perfect clam chowder recipe. Anyone have one they want to share?
In the meantime, It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.
- That Summer by Lauren Willig. Julia is unemployed and in a rut when she receives word that she has inherited a home in England from an unknown great-aunt. With nothing better to do, she heads Herne Hill to sort through the house. When she discovers a painting hidden in a wardrobe, she begins to research the history of the house. With the help of an antiques dealers, she pieces together the story of Imogen Grantham, the lady of the house in 1849. I really enjoyed the dual story lines of this standalone novel. Fans of The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes won’t want to miss this one!
- The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner. It’s been four years since Frankie’s little brother Simon drowned. She’s nearly sixteen now, but her guilt over the drowning has kept her stuck in the past. Her mother is a shadow of her former self, her father may be having an affair, and Frankie is pining for her best friend’s boyfriend. The only ray of light in her otherwise dismal summer is another Frankie. Frankie Sky is a four-year boy who reminds her so much of her beloved little brother. Spending time with Frankie Sky could be just what she needs to heal. This story was lovely and heartbreaking, but I really had an issue with the romance aspect.
- Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff
- The Well’s End by Seth Fishman
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson-one of the best books I have read so far this year. It is so heartbreakingly beautiful. I love it.
- Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers-More assassin awesomeness.
- Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay-I just had to find out what happened!
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Tagged ARC, audiobooks, Gae Polisner, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Jandy Nelson, Lauren Willig, Robin LaFevers, Seth Fishman, Stacey Jay, Steve Brezenoff
This week The Broke and The Bookish are looking for beach reads! My beach bag will mostly likely not see a single grain of sand this summer because I will be too busy doing grass/patio/porch reading. Sand makes me twitchy. So, my lazy summer days reading will hopefully consist of the following books:
1. The One by Kiera Cass. Honestly, I do not even like this series. But I *must* know how it ends.
2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. True story: this book is too big for me to commit to right now! Have you seen it? It’s a monster. I will be reaching for this one when I have a few days off!
3. After the End by Amy Plum. I plan to read this new post-apocalyptic suspense this summer. I have it at home now, so possibly sooner than later.
4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I can’t wait for this new book to come out on July 8th.
5. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. The ultimate beach read! Look at the cover; they are on the beach!
6. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher. I just started this series and I can already tell that these books will be my go-tos when I am struggling to choose a book. I suspect that Harry Dresden is dependable. I will be able to count on him to be entertaining.
7. The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt. I can always count on Lindsey Leavitt to deliver a fun, cute read. Perfect for summer.
8. Pointe by Brandy Colbert. I almost didn’t add this to my TBR list because of ballet. Eh. But people keep raving about it and it’s a mystery/thriller. Also, I remembered that I have no interest in high school football but I still I LOVED Friday Night Lights, so Pointe gets a chance this summer! *NOTE* I accidentally forgot to bring a book to work for my dinner break so I grabbed this one off the shelf and read the first chapter. I definitely want to read this book now!
9. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I have enjoyed Zevin’s YA books, but have never read any of her adult works. This one sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read or listen to it this summer.
10. The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner. I think I need a touching/moving/crying type summer book. From what I hear, this one will do the trick.
What books are on your summer reading list?
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Tagged Amy Plum, Beach Reads, Brandy Colbert, Cassandra Clare, Gabrielle Zevin, Gae Polisner, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Jim Butcher, Kiera Cass, Lindsey Leavitt, Rainbow Rowell, summer reading, Top Ten Tuesday
This beautiful warm, sunny day makes me start to believe that it is time to think Spring! The Broke and The Bookish want to see Spring TBR lists. History has shown that I am an excellent reading list maker…and a terrible reading list crosser-offer. I did not do an awesome job with my Winter TBR list. Oh well. It’s a new season and I get to make a new list!
Winter carry overs:
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. Gimme, gimme, gimme! There is no chance of this one getting bumped over to a Summer TBR list…
2. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. See above. So excited for this one too.
3. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I have had a love-hate relationship with this series. We are currently in a love stage and I would like for it to end that way.
4. Raging Star by Moira Young. Oh, I cannot wait to find out what happens with Sabba and the gang!
5. Sunrise by Mike Mullin. This is the spring of completing trilogies! I am so excited for this one as well.
6. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I loved My Life Next Door and am looking forward to another sweet romance from this author.
7. The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner. Everyone is raving about this one.
8. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I couldn’t read Second Chance Summer (I have a strictly enforced no-cancer books rule), but I LOVED Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I am excited for a new Morgan Matson book!
I also have some must-listen audiobooks on my Spring list!
9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I am late to the Grisha party, but better late than never, right?
10. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. This might be my *most* anticipated book of the season. I have such a desperate need for it. Now.
What are you planning to read this spring?
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Tagged Cassandra Clare, Danielle Paige, Gae Polisner, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Katherine Ewell, laini taylor, Leigh Bardugo, Mike Mullin, Moira Young, Spring TBR, Spring TBR 2014