Summer has come and gone but one thing that’s stickin’ around is my love for reading! As a teen, and young adult, I loved to read! But once I started having kids, I put my love for reading on the back burner as it was no longer a hobby that I had time to indulge in. A few months ago I made the decision to start reading again and I’m so so happy that I did!
I read a total of 8 books this summer. I tried to go back & forth between light/ easy reads, and a bit heavier, more complex books. Here’s what I read, and what I thought of them!
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The Shack, by Paul Young
This book has been so hyped up since it first came out, so there was no question about whether or not to read it! It’s a heart wrenching story about a father named Mac, who takes his children on a camping trip only to have his youngest daughter, abducted and brutally murdered. Years later, Mac receives an invitation from God asking him to join him in the same shack where his Missy was murdered. This book really tugs at your heart strings and also offers a lot of hope as well as peace during the hardest of times in life.
Nantucket Nights, by Elin Hilderbrand
This was my first Elin Hilderbrand read and let me just say that I am a huge fan!! Though this novel isn’t very long, it makes up for it with its super juicy storyline! Kayla, Antoinette & Val, longtime girlfriends and residents of Nantucket have a tradition to night swim (naked.. while enjoying champagne) in the ocean on the same night, every year. Only this year, one of the women, swims away and doesn’t return. Meanwhile, secrets are unfolding and lives are changing. This book was an easy, fast read that I absolutely could not put down!!
Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris
This novel was intense from beginning to end. If you like thrillers, I highly suggest this one! The story really draws you in, from the beginning by telling you all about this newly married couple, where the husband, Jack, is a super handsome and highly lawyer who represents battered women. Money, looks & charm. Grace is the perfect, stay at home wife. Beautiful, always perfectly put together and seems to do and have it all! Well, thats where the title comes in. And I’ll leave it at that!
The Rumor, by Elin Hilderbrand
This was my second Elin Hilderbrand book and though I loved the first one mentioned above, I think I liked this one even more!! Grace and Madeline seem to have it all. Perfect marriages, money, happy & healthy children but this summer, something has profoundly changed and Madeline, a struggling author, is about to make her come back by writing all about it! This book is sure to keep you entertained from start to finish!
The Blue Bistro, by Elin Hilderbrand
Are you seeing a pattern here? I’ll admit, I was on a bit of a Hilderbrand craze this summer! This one was good but it did take a bit longer for something to “happen” in this novel. The story just goes a bit slower than the earlier too. Adrienne comes to Nantucket in search of a job when she meats a man named Thatcher who just so happens to be part owner of the Blue Bistro, hottest restaurant on Nantucket Island. I love love love reading about the delicious food the restaurant serves.
The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware
This is another one I’ve been dying to read because it’s been heavily promoted! In my opinion it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either. It took a long time for the plot to thicken, but once it did, there were a few major twists that I really enjoyed!! Lo Blacklock is a journalist who gets the offer of her career, to attend an event on a luxury cruise ship. What starts as a dream come true quickly becomes a nightmare when Lo witnesses someone being thrown overboard. It’s suspenseful, frightening and a bit disturbing but not too extreme!
The Love Season, by Elin Hilderbrand
Okay, did I tell you or what? I am totally hooked on this author!! This story takes place in a 24 hour time span. However the author does a great jo going back in time to recall memories to provide missing information. An enjoyable read about love, friendships and family.
The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train may have been my favorite in its genre! When I say I could not put this book down, I’m not being dramatic, I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! It was so interesting the way the author went back & forth between past & present. The story is told from three different perspectives. Rachel, Megan, and Anna. One of them goes missing, one of them witnesses an affair in which seems to be at the center of the first woman’s tragedy, and the third woman is living a life that is not at all what she thought it was, in the very worst way possible. And somehow, the three women are connected. It’s so good!!
I definitely suggest you give a few, if not all, of these books a shot! Here’s a few others that I plan to read in the next few months..
Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty
The Third Wife, by Lisa Jewel
What are some books you look forward to reading soon?? Please share in the comments below!