Friday, May 24, 2013

Summer Reading

One of my favorite parts about summer, besides the pool of course, is reading.  I get some time away from work and I have extra time on my hands to read books.  It is actually like therapy for me.  I can escape into a different world.  A world where most of the time there is a happy ending and I can always dream that something like that could happen to me.  Well now that I am officially on break, and the weather is not cooperating this weekend (it is soooo cold here, 46 degrees!!!) I thought I would take the time to give a look into round one of my reading list for this summer!  I did this last summer too, check it out here.

I have already finished two of the books pictured above so I will save them for last to give my review too!

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler caught my eye on a table marked "Summer Love Reading" at B&N last time I went in.  A few other of these were there too!  I am a tween reader for sure.  I would much rather read a book that takes me back to those fearless, irresponsible days than read an "adult" book.  The reviews on the back of the book included one comparing the book Sarah Dessen (and I always love her books).  So I thought I would give this book a try...diving into summer romance.

The Lifeguard was also on that same table at B&N and it has a cute picture of a boy at the ocean on the cover.  Ever since the cast of Saved by the Bell ventured to the beach club for summer employment I have wanted to live and work at the beach for the summer.  I never actually fulfilled that dream so this book just will let me pretend.  Written by Deborah Blumenthal the book will travel from Texas to Rhode Island for some summer love!

This is what Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith was a must pick up because I read another one of her books this spring and I tore through it.  I will get to that book next.  This book is about perfect strangers who accidentally begin a relationship through an e-mail that was sent on mistake.  Again taking place over the summer, this book is sure to take two strangers on an adventure heading straight for romance!

The Carrie Diaries and Summer and the City by Candance Bushnell are both on my list this summer! I am actually reading The Carries Diaries right now.  I am only 2 chapters in but I can tell it is already different than the TV series.  Who wasn't a fan of SATC?? I mean really.  I actually watched 4 episodes last night on TV.  Anyways when the CW released the series called The Carrie Diaries I wanted to give it a shot to just see who Carrie Bradshaw was before NYC became her home.  It is definitely a teeny bopper show but because of my love for the adult version of the show I found myself intrigued.  So of course I now want to read about it to see what the author intended Carrie's life to be like before she was the famous writer she became.  Not to mention that I got the Summer and the City copy at Walmart for $4 in the clearance bin! Whoop!

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer was on my list last year for my summer reading.  I just didn't get to it.  This is the only one that doesn't fit my tween category and to be honest it is probably why I didn't pick it up before.  I will give her a try again.  I never saw the movie because I wanted to read the book first so maybe that will give me a little more motivation to get through it.  As I have heard it is a slow read at first but once it picks up it is great.

Before I get to my coffee table reads I must talk about one of the books I finished already.  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.  Oh my goodness this book had character.  It is told in a period of 24 hours and I loved that writing style.  Each chapter began with the time in both NYC and London to keep you on track with both settings and time zones.  It was a cute, fast paced tale of the power of fate.  Which is why I think I had to pick up Smith's other book because these plot lines just make you believe in the inevitable again.  I started this book on the plane when I was coming back from Florida and I had 60 pages left by the time I landed in Ohio.  I couldn't put it down.  I absolutely loved it.  If you are like me and like tween reads and the power of fate...pick this one up!

I also picked up books more for my table as decor but also to be something I can pick up and learn a little from too.  I absolutely love the style (beauty and fashion) of Lauren Conrad.  I am very happy she has become so much more than the girl on Laguna Beach.  I bough both Style and Beauty from her.  These books just walk  you through tips and suggestions on how to dress for your event and shape, how to find and work with those staple pieces, and of course finding your inner beauty.  I finished Style a while back and now am about half way through Beauty.  Are they life changing books? No, but they do remind you of important things in the both worlds: fashion and beauty.  Plus they look cute stacked on my table!

Last but not least I also picked up Make-Up Secrets by Jemma Kid.  I have not even opened this book yet.  But they way I am looking at it is a hard copy of the YouTube help I get daily.  I will start it when I finish Beauty by LC and hopefully will have learned some more tips.

Well that is the list that is getting me started this summer.  I am sure there will be more to add to the list as well as reviews coming as I finish.  If you have any must reads, please leave me a comment telling me what to get.  I average a new book every 3-4 days during the summer time! :)

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everybody!


  1. I can't wait to start my summer reading too! Looks like some great books you have there.

  2. I'm envious of your Summer break. Why must medical school go year round, therefore making the Summer my busiest time? Ugh! I do read quite a bit while proctoring and since last week involved two exam days, I got to start a new book and I'm about half way through it. I love Emily Giffin (Something Borrowed is one of my favorite books of all time) so I started her latest book "Where We Belong". Her books are definitely chic lit and super easy reads. I had been reading The Maze Runner triology. I felt like it took over my life because I was reading it for so long. There is a prequel that I have yet to read because I needed a change. Some said it was better than Hunger Games...I disagree. I read all three of those in 2 weeks. I want to re-read Hunger Games before the movie comes out in November.

    Have you ever read any Jodi Picoult books? They are great reads. There is always a twist or turn in them. Several have been made into Lifetime Movies. The Pact and Nineteen Minutes are two of my favorites.

    Jane Green books are hilarious! More chic lit but quick reads.

    Longest post EVER! :)

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  5. I have never read any Candace Bushnell book, but I just bought my first one at the used book store the other week. I'm looking forward to it!