Books! Those glorious little vessels of escape and magic.... For as long as I can remember I've been reading a book, jumping from one to the next in a continuous stream of stories.
I'm not a selective reader, I will read pretty much anything you set in front of me.... That doesn't mean I like them all, it just means I am willing to give them all a chance. I think I have only quit reading about 3 books total in my life.... Where I decided, I can't do this anymore, I am wasting valuable reading time on a book I am not even slightly attached to.
That being said, there a number of books in the endless stream that stand-out and always float back into my mind. Here are a few books that I read this summer that I would love to pass on to you.
1. The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr
Alright, yes, I did start reading this because the new Jessica Beil limited series on USA looked super interesting to me. I wanted to see what it was all about and I am SO glad I did! This book grabs you right from the start with its dark mysteries. A young mother with a buried, painful past snaps one day and the story unravels from there with flashbacks and twists. I'm currently getting hardly any sleep at night because I can't put it down. Please read this book if you love a good mystery- it's not a who-done it but more of a "Why did she do it?". I have to finish it before the series premieres this week, if only so I can sit next to my husband watching it with the smug knowledge that I know the secrets of the show, but I'll never tell... It's sort of my thing. Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, The Handmaids Tale, Gone Girl....
2. Salvage The Bones - Jesmyn Ward
I'm quite a few years late to the party on this one, and on National Book Award winning author Jesmyn Ward but I can't tell you how amazed I am by her. Raw talent, seamless storytelling and the ability to transport you directly into her setting. This story starts a few days before Hurricane Katrina strikes and focuses on one young girl Esch and her family as they spend their last days before the flood unknowing what disaster and heartache lay before them. This book transported me into a world I have never experienced but was written in a way that made me feel deeply connected to all the characters.
3. My (Not So) Perfect Life- Sophie Kinsella
When things in my own life are heavy I have to read light, fluffy fun books to take me out of my own head and Sophie Kinsella is one of my very favorite authors for this. Smart, witty and relatable- I love a Sophie Kinsella heroine! While I am honestly not a huge fan of the Shopaholic series... Sorry! I do love all of her other books and her latest is no exception. When Katie is fired from her fancy London job in advertising she doesn't know how to tell her family, so she pretends it never happened. Continuing to curate a perfect city life on her Instagram account, no one would be the wiser. Of course in true Kinsella fashion, there are bound to be some laugh-out-loud bumps in the road to Katie's happy ending. A great light and fun beach read.
Slow it down and read a book!