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Summer reading

I am an avid reader all year round, but for some reason, I just tend  to make more time in the summer. Maybe it’s the lazy summer days with out a ton of structure,or the extra time spent hanging out at the pool while the kids scream and splash. I’m not sure, but I find I consume books like candy from June through August. I took the kids to the library this weekend to sign up for the summer reading program and signed myself up. They give away little prizes and some great local coupons too when you meet your goals.

What catches your attention more? The title or the cover? Lately, I’ve found when I go to the library, I read the title, if that sounds interesting then I look at the cover and if I’m still interested, then I read the inside flap. It’s a totally exact science (not). Sometimes I try to be daring and grab a book that sounds remotely interesting, but sometimes I get a dud. I normally know by about 50 pages in if I really want to read it or move on.

I have a few recommended books I’ve already finished below that I think you would enjoy (the pictures will take you right to the link in Amazon.) for some summer reading, but I would also love your suggestions in the comments below about what you’ve read or are reading that you would recommend. I am always looking for something new!

So what are your summer reads? What did you just love and couldn’t put down?

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  1. I’m still trying to figure out what to read next. I just wanted to say, though, that I read The Invention of Wings last year, and I LOVED it. I love historical fiction literature.

  2. Thank you for the good recommendations. I’m 55 and have read my whole life, though during the child-raising years, a little less. I think sitting down with a good book (or reader) is one of the loveliest luxuries. I will say that the cover always gets my attention. I think of all of those books with not-so-attractive covers that I have missed.

  3. I’m much like you picking out books…it’s like unwrapping a present. And you have to read some of the dialogue…sometimes you might not like the way it’s written. I read on my Nook a lot so I always check out the reviews before I order. Summer is not so much my time for reading books, I like to relax out doors but I always get so distracted I’m better leafing through magazine. Cold nights in the fall and winter are perfect for curling up with a throw, some tea and a good novel!

    I hope you’re enjoying your summer, kiddo! With all this rain you are probably at the library more than the pool!

  4. Having seen “The Invention of Wings” on SO many recommended reading lists, I was sure that I would love it. I didn’t.
    I thought a much better tale of two sisters facing enormous challenges in their daily lives was better told in the book, “The Nightingale.” This jumped into my Top 5 of all-time favorite books and I highly recommend it. More fun summer-
    time reads (fast-paced page turners!) are: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, The Stranger by Harlan Coben, and That Night
    by Chevy Stevens. Enjoy your summer!

  5. I’m about 2 years behind … or the last person on earth to read Gone Girl… but I loved it.

    I also enjoyed All The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, but I suggest they not be read back to back as the time period is the same… one is so well written it will make the other pale in comparison, which would be a shame as both are good reads…

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