Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Series 2014: What I'm Reading

Welcome back!  Everybody wants a good book to read during the Summer.  Whether it be by the pool, at the beach, or just tanning in the sun.  I am a huge book lover!  I probably have at least 50 books on my list to read.  I just get SO busy that I never have time to actually finish a book.  I made a goal to finish 3 books and so far I've read 2.  So I thought I'd share the books I'm reading right now.  If you want reviews of any of these books let me know.  Also tell me what you've been reading!

I saw everybody talking about this book!  Honestly I'm not a fan of books that every one talks about because I don't like be a follower.  I was at the movie and saw the trailer.  So I broke down and bought it.  I'm LOVING it so far!  Here is the description: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

I am in LOVE with Nicholas Sparks!  I've read pretty much read all his books but this is by far my favorite.  I read this every single summer for some reason.  It's also a movie but trust me the book is SO much better!  Here is the description: Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alientated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.  The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels—first love, love between parents and children that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts...and heal them.

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover.  It's beautiful!  Second, I'm really into dystopian type books right now.  This is a trilogy series as well.  I'm actually on the second book currently but I'm sharing this one so nobody gets confused.  Here is a description: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

I saw this recommended on YouTube a few times and thought it sounded interesting.  So far it really keeps my attention.  I never want to put it down once I start reading it!  It's definitely different than anything I've read.  It really makes you think about life.  Here is the description: What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

I like to randomly browse for new books to read even though I have a giant list already.  I saw this cover and loved it!  That's a theme for me apparently.  It's also set during the 1960's which is my favorite era.  It is sorta hard to read due to the little bit of Italian because it's set in Italy.  I've only read one chapter so far but I do like it.  Here is the description: From the moment it opens—on a rocky patch of Italian coastline, circa 1962, when a daydreaming young innkeeper looks out over the water and spies a mysterious woman approaching him on a boat—Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, Beautiful Ruins is gloriously inventive and constantly surprising—a story of flawed yet fascinating people navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.