Summer 2017 Reading List

Hi Friends,

Happy official first day of summer! Hopefully that means life is going to slow down enough for you to stop and smell the roses or at least read a good book 🙂 I have been getting back in to reading lately and I have been loving it. A fashion blogger I follow always gives the best book reviews and each time she provides amazing books that I always love. I enjoy thrillers… one of my favorite books is Gone Girl, and I have a few book reviews I plan do in the near future. Until I get that together here are books I am looking forward to getting my eyeballs on 🙂 Happy reading!

 

Girl in the Dark by Marion Pauw

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

All by Myself Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Winter Book Review

Hi Friends,

Recent, I have been reading so many good books. I would be doing you all an injustice by not sharing with you these books. Just a little background on the type of books I like to read, I love a good thriller. Anything that has me reading with my mouth agape, that means I am sold. Typically, I like to read self help and christian living books, until I discovered “Gone Girl” after that I was hooked. I even got my husband hooked too, he is more of an Audible type of guy, but at least the interest is there 🙂 Here are the books I have read over the holiday season, and couldn’t put down. I will try my best not to give any spoilers, but read with caution 🙂

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This book was a hot mess. We have this amazing couple that seem to be perfect. Until we really see what is going on in their marriage. The husband is UBER controlling, mostly because he is a psycho. I like the way the story unfolded, at first you think you are about to go on this amazing journey of a love story with a perfect couple <insert heart eye emoji> until you realize the husband is a crazy sick man. I love how the main character is so dedicated to getting out of this situation. She get’s the oscar for best actress, because she got him good!

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Call me crazy but a lot of times, I like to see how the title fits in with the story. I didn’t get why this was called the couple next door, because there was a couple next door (two technically) but I never grasped which one was more crazy. It’s okay, because the book was crazy twisted regardless of the title. Here we a have a wife who is suffering for post-pardom depression after having their first child. The husband may or may not be having inappropriate moments with the hot wife next door. Then the baby goes missing and it seems like everyone is involved. There is a ransom, but the freaky next door neighbors blackmail the other couple next door because they like to film private moments. In my opinion the wife needed to get a backbone, I understand she is sick, BUT YOUR CHILD IS MISSING! The husband was the biggest mess if ever, he was such a jerk and your typical pig!

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This was a great story, it was a little slow, but it captured me enough to want to know how everything turned out. The story starts out with a girl who was robbed in her apartment. Then she goes on a cruse to find that someone was thrown overboard and left for dead. After attempting to alert the authorities on the cruise. She starts getting threats telling her to leave it alone. Of course she does not, then she goes missing after that everything is revealed and we realize we live in a really sick world. As the story ends, we find out so many twists, I kept saying… really.

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This was a good one I couldn’t put it down. I love a book with a great twist!!! So, the main character is a teacher and she comes form money but her father cut her off because he wanted her to be a lawyer like him. The man (who in my mind was really attractive) abducts her and hold her hostage for a few months. They fall in love and then all the crazy comes out. She is sick in the head and so is he. Oh so is her father.

I tried my hardest not to give any spoilers but I hope if you have the reading bug like I do, you will find some of these books to your liking. They were all great page turners… let me know what books you are reading now, what do you recommend?

Free Books

Over the weekend, I visited my public library. Its been quite a while since I’ve been and actually checked out books. Often, I check out books digitally, and read them on my iPad, but this particular day I wanted to waste some time and decided to see what was new in my library. Two hours and one presentation on American History later, I walked out with these books.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

Lessons from Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott

Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst

A Woman’s Secret for Confident Living by Karol Ladd

The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking by Kate Payne

I strongly suggest you all go check out your local library and see if there is a program you may be interested in, or to just check out a book! It’s Free!!!! Depending on how many books I get through before it’s time to return them. I plan to do some books reviews and let you all know what I think. 🙂

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Summer Reading List

It has been one week, since it has officially been summer! Can I just tell you how excited I am about summer finally being here. In about a week I am going on the vacation of a lifetime… my honeymoon which is going to be at the beach. While doing my research on what I need to bring (I research everything!) I came across some many suggestions for books to bring to the beach.

One thing about me, I love to read. Oddly enough, I like to put books in a list of which ones I want to read first. Kinda sounds like a summer reading list right. Well it is, so here is my official summer reading list. 🙂

1. Dorthy Must Die

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a road of yellow brick—but even that’s crumbling. What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the Lion’s courage. And—Dorothy must die.

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2. Ladies’ Night

Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool.  Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style.  Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal.  So is attending court-mandated weekly “divorce recovery” therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality.  When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday “Ladies’ Night” sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined.  Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there? 

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3. Nineteen Minutes

Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens–until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state’s best witness, but she can’t remember what happened before her very own eyes–or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show–destroying the closest of friendships and families.

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4. That Summer

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

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5. Fangirl

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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6. Save the Date

A wedding florist finds love and trouble in this delightful new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Ladies’ Night.
A Savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime—one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn’t believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all.

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7. Orange is the New Black

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424 — one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.

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8. The Summer I Turned Pretty

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

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9. Insurgent (Divergent #2)

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves – and herself – while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable – and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. 

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10. Nineties: A Story with No Moral

NINETIES is a brief but unforgettable novel about credit-card fraud, the end of the 20th century, and the precarious lives of young girls. A deceptively simple and clear-eyed look at adolescence at the dawn of American hypercapitalism, NINETIES is a cautionary tale, rendered in riveting, lucid prose; a narrative of innocence and experience and the intoxicating nature of first friendships.

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I can’t wait to get started!!

xx

Jazmin

Book Review: The Eternal Engagement by Mary B. Morrison

On the book jacket the book is described as:

“Lincoln, a star athlete, turns down a full scholarship to college to join the military. Before deploying he proposes to Mona and Katherine so both would write him while he was away. When his best friend is killed in combat, Lincoln learns neither war nor marriage was what he was prepared for.”

I just finished this book, like right now. Let me express to you why I was expecting so much more. This book had depth, hope, passion, then it ended. Nothing was resolved. Here is the book in a nutshell.

On graduation day Lincoln decided he wanted to propose to his girlfriend. Not the most absurd idea, except they are both just graduating high school. I’m sure we have all been there, thinking we were going to marry our high school sweetheart, Katherine. When it doesn’t happen we move on. It was a nice gesture, only if she was the only one he proposed to that day. Lincoln then decided to propose to Mona Lisa (yea that is her name) although, they haven’t been in a relationship since their sophomore year. Oh guess what they both said yes, and was excited about it.

Moving on Lincoln went into the Marines, throughout the book they kept referring to him as solder. Maybe I am picking but Marines are Marines and solders are in the Army, but I digress. After Lincoln went through all the craziness sailors, solders, airmen and marines go though he returned to the states with PTSD. After hearing what Lincoln has to go through to get health care for his condition, he then turns out to be a jerk because he begins calling his baby momma asking her for money. Oh yea I forgot to tell you Katherine got pregnant and raised Lincoln’s son on her own while getting her degree to become a New Anchor.

Mona Lisa then ended up graduating college and began dating some random named Stephen, married him while still wearing the engagement ring Lincoln gave her 9 years ago. I guess she really thought he was gonna come back and marry her. Even though there was no phone call, letter or anything. This random guy Stephen was a bounty hunter turned murderer. Got Mona Lisa caught up in one of her murders, then moved away to run from the cops.

It’s a lot going on right… there is more.

Mona Lisa realized how crazy Stephen was, left him started dating some random guy (this was so irreverent I don’t even remember his name). Stephen found Mona Lisa have sex with the no name in the parking lot (nasty), followed them to the hotel they were staying at breaks in kills the random, kidnapped Mona Lisa tied her up in their home. Mona get free runs to Lincoln who was living in Seattle, WA (I don’t know how he got there).

When Mona Lisa knocks on the hotel room Lincoln was living at, she was greeted by a naked Katherine. Lincoln was off looking for the hooker who stole his money the night before (I promise I am not making this up). Mona Lisa and Katherine exchange some colorful words then Mona Lisa kicked Katherine out of the hotel room. Katherine left and when back home to her son.

With Katherine gone, Mona Lisa and Lincoln got back together. Now it is Christmas time and Mona Lisa and Lincoln went home to their home town. Randomly, Katherine and Stephen began dating, yup that’s Mona Lisa’s husband. Stephen hated Mona Lisa at this point and wanted to kill Lincoln.

After a bunch of running around they home town the book ended with Stephen dying, Mona Lisa going to jail, and Katherine being pregnant with Stephen’s baby.

That’s it.

xx

Jazmin