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June 28, 2016

Summer Reading

Now that summer is in full swing, I am sure you are looking for some great books to read.  Whether you are on the beach or lounging poolside, here is a stack to get you started!

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Great Books to Read on the Beach

I will start with a book I highly recommend and was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy to review.  You can see more details about this one here -  Book Review - Lies and Other Acts of Love.
Lies and Other Acts of Love - A MUST-READ for Summer!
Lies and Other Acts of Love

I think I may have loved this book even more than her first one.  Such a great story with characters that just cracked me up.  This book is definitely a must-read for the beach this summer!

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this autobiography by Rob Lowe!  
Rob Lowe Autobiography - So entertaining a great to read on the beach!

I have followed Rob Lowe's career from the beginning and have always enjoyed his acting.  Who knew he was such a wonderful writer as well?!  He kept me engaged throughout with fun stories of his career and personal life.  I loved discovering how various actors and famous people came into his life over the years.  He writes with a certain vulnerability that made me like him even more and I could definitely relate to his "pleasure to have in class" comments about his school years...Such a fun read!

Need some creative motivation?..
Big Magic - An inspiring look at creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert does it again!  This time it's with her no-nonsense approach to the creative process.  She is practical, yet encouraging and gives the kick in the butt you need to push yourself to move forward!   I finished this book feeling inspired with a new found sense of freedom about putting myself out there.  

If it's historical fiction you are into, I have an excellent one for you!...
Lady in Waiting - another amazing novel by Susan Meissner

Susan Meissner continues to amaze me with her engaging stories and memorable characters.  You might recall how I gushed over her amazing book- Secrets of a Charmed Life a few months ago.  Well, in this earlier novel, she cleverly blends past and present again.  This time she chronicles the lives of two women named Jane who are both faced with making life changing choices.  The stories are woven together beautifully and I came away with a new curiosity about the 16th century.  I had a hard time putting this one down.

How many times do you wish you could have a do-over?
The Year We Turned Forty - a fun trip back in time.  Great beach read to make you think about your own life!

This thoroughly entertaining novel takes you on a journey back in time 10 years.  Three best friends have the opportunity to travel back to the year they turned 40.  At the end of that year they will have to decide which life they will keep.  They all thought they could 'get it right' this time with the knowledge that comes with life experience but they are reminded how each choice effects those around us.  Not only did I enjoy the relationships in this novel but left it wondering what I would do if given the chance for a do-over!  I blew through this book in only a few days and loved every minute of it!

And I am probably the last one on earth to read this one...

I actually started reading this one poolside and was glad I didn't sob my eyes out until the end.  Yes, a real tear-fest as you probably know, but so worth it!  I needed to just sit and think for a bit after finishing the last page.  I couldn't even go on and read the first chapter they provided of After You because I just wasn't ready.  I do look forward to reading it sooner or later though and will probably see the movie as well.  Such an emotional ride.

In case these aren't enough to keep you going all summer, my last year's summer reading recommendations will surely inspire you! - 3 Great Books to Read this Summer.

Beach Reading - great summer reading recommendations

What are you reading this summer?
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Summer Reading List - Great books to take to the beach or pool!


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15 comments

  1. All sound intriguing. My current read? The Root Cause, all about Hashimotos. Both girls have recently been diagnosed!! Not quite the fun read, but necessary.

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  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you, my friend, for the lovely words about Lies and Other Acts of Love!! I am so appreciative! xo Kristy

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  3. Nice list. Adults should be reading as much as the kids.

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  4. Thanks for the recommendations, I am an avid reader!

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  5. Great recommendations. I have read 4 of the books your recommend and liked all except Big Magic. I might be in the minority but I didn't finish it. It just didn't do anything for me. The others were great so putting the ones you mentioned that I didn't read on my to do list. Thanks.

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  6. Great recommendations. I have read 4 of the books your recommend and liked all except Big Magic. I might be in the minority but I didn't finish it. It just didn't do anything for me. The others were great so putting the ones you mentioned that I didn't read on my to do list. Thanks.

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  7. I love your summer reading list and my daughter is now reading also me before you. Thanks for these book suggestions. Enjoy the weekend and have a wonderful 4th of July! :)

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  8. Great list of books, Shelley! I loved both of Rob Lowe's books and of course, Kristy's book was great. Loved You Before Me. Probably won't read Elizabeth Gilbert's because I couldn't make it through Eat Pray Love. I am listening to The Trails of Broken Wings and loving it. I also enjoyed Ann Leary's latest which is about a Mommy Blogger. Hope you have a wonderful 4th, dear Shelley!

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  9. I am seriously behind on my blog reading - maybe because I have been reading Elin Hilderbrand's latest book and can't put it down! Thanks for this list - I am bookmarking so I remember the titles! xoxo

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  10. Thank you for this great summer reading list. I've added a few to my list. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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  11. Great collection. I'll add to my list! Thanks for linking at Pieced Pastimes. I came over from the party. I'm following you! I hope you can come see my link. I also linked on your vacation party!
    Enjoy your 4th.

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  12. Great list! I jotted down the titles and authors and hope to score a few of these at the library this week.

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  13. I am just starting me before you! I also want to read the book by Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper. Hope you are enjoying the Summer, K

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  14. Year We Turned 40 and Lady in Waiting are going on my list! I love to find other book loving bloggers!

    Lisa @ https://hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/what-caught-my-eye-this-week-2/

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  15. There are a few here I'm definitely adding to my reading list! I haven't read Me Before You yet, either, but I want to! I just know I'll need to be in the right mood for such an emotional book. Right now, I'm reading Foolscap by Michael Malone. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week!

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