Thursday, August 1, 2013

{guest post} Summer Reading List!

Hey y'all,

I'm Jessica and I write over at Preppin' Postgrad and was honored when Ashley asked if I could guest post while she is off on vacation. I am personally jealous of her time away! So, I am a huge bookworm and Ashley asked if I could share some Summer Reads with all of y'all. I hope this inspires you to grab a book and I would love you to comment on more recommendations!

So, I know these books are buzzing every where and every summer there is always a few "must reads." All images and descriptions are from the site

Sage Singer befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses…and then he confesses his darkest secret - he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.
What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all - if Sage even considers his request - is it murder, or justice?
This book is next on my list of "to-read" and I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult thanks to my first little, kBb.

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . 
Since this trilogy is about to become a major motion picture I have started the first book and I must say so far so good. It will be interesting to see how the series continues.

Marriage can be a real killer.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
I am not a huge fan of Gone Girl but I know a lot of people that loved it so I had to include it. I am not a mystery thriller person in general and the characters were not really relatable to me. Have you read it?

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
Since I loved Angels and Demons and thought the Da Vinci Code was interesting I am intrigued by the notion of another Robert Langdon Novel.

Now as far as beach reads/vacation books go I would recommend one of the following.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
The Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

What is on your to-read list this summer? Any books I have to check out?

Peace and Blessings,