Summer Reading List

Summer Reading

This past week I was able to spend some time at the beach with friends and family which allowed me an opportunity to catch up on summer reading. There is nothing better than getting lost in a book and this list provides you with just that.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

This book really touched me. I don’t know if it is because I’m now well into my 40’s and I start to think “what if”: What if I hadn’t gone to law school? What if I hadn’t gone to my friend Ennis wedding and met my now husband? What if I stayed in Mobile? You can go and on with “what if’s”. I know that is not a healthy way of thinking and you just need to stay in the moment but I’m human and sometimes can’t help myself.

This book addresses those type of questions. It is a book that I read through and was so shocked at the ending that I picked it up again and started reading from the beginning to see if I could have caught on sooner to what the ending was going to be. You can’t. You just got to finish it.

Is it fate or is it free will or a combination of both? As Robert Frost has said: “Two roads diverged in a yellow road and I was sorry that I could not travel both…” I would love to know if anyone else read this book and felt the same way. Pick this one up now!

It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell

I’ll be honest I had no idea why this book was titled this until the very end. I got a few laughs on the beach as I was reading this and a few knowing nods from other women. But this book will surprise you. Three college roommates are forever joined by one fateful night. The twists and turns and how it ends up  kept me riveted till the end. A true whodunit novel; I didn’t see that ending come.

Once you make a decision that changes your life and others, can you ever go back and make it right? It is a page turner for sure.

Camino Island by John Grisham

Have you ever ventured out of your comfort zone when what you’ve been doing has worked just fine and in fact would even be considered successful? Well that is what John Grisham has done with his newest novel.

A clear departure from his usual  legal drama, this novel finds us between New Jersey and Florida with a book heist of rare books worth millions. When there is that much money involved there is bound to be a murder, a kidnapping or more.

John Grisham is on a book tour which he hasn’t done in almost twenty years which tells me he feels some passion for this “departure” from the comfort zone.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins of Girl on the Train brings another OMG book. Why do young women keep ending up dead in the river? Is it some sick rite of passage or something more sinister. The Drowning Pool Project is dividing a town between what they believe happen and what really happened all those years ago.

Another you will  need to read to the end until it comes into focus.

Here’s To Us by Elin Hilderbrand

I hesitated putting this book on the list but after the books I’ve suggested I thought something light would be needed. This is a true beach read, takes very little brain power and the storyline is something that you will go seriously? that really happened? But if you want to get lost for a while without having to think about it then this book is for you.

Happy Summer!

xo

Martha

 

 

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