5 Books to Read this Summer

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Before I get into today’s post I want to say something about what’s been going on lately with how I feel about my little corner of the internet. I haven’t been loving the pressure (self-inflicted of course) to post constantly and it left me putting off posting while dreading each deadline. I had to have a heart to heart with myself to realize that blogging should be for me and I should be happy with every post that goes out to the internet…even if no one were to read it. So if I haven’t posted for a while, it’s because I am feeling out of love with blogging and refusing to write something I don’t love.

But baby I’m here and ready to post about my current obsession: books. 

These are the books that I’ve read this summer and recommend if you’re looking to for your next great read.

My Summer Recommendations

The Immortalists

If you’re looking for a more meaningful beach read.

If you want something that will hook you right from the beginning.

If you want hints of magic.

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A traveling physic tells four children their fortune and we get to follow them throughout their lives to see if it all comes true.

Everything I Never Told You

If you’re looking for mystery without the creepy aura that a thriller brings.

If you want to relate to someone who is an outcast.

If you want a book that talks about family dynamics and the love a family can bring.

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Lydia is dead and as we find out what happened to her, we follow along the family secrets, inner feelings, and actions. We constantly feel empathy and understanding of each complicated turn of events as each family member tells us their story.

The Rules of Magic

If you’re looking for a older, more “real world” Harry Potter book.

If you’re looking for characters you can get attached to.

If you’re seeking just a bit of magic.

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This fast read is full of action without taking away from the secret world of magic and love. We are taken through the lives of three children with wizardry in their blood. I believe this book relates to characters in Alice Hoffman’s other book Practical Magic and I find myself craving more interaction with the Owens sisters.

An American Marriage

If you’re tired of the typical love story.

If you’re dying to read one of the trendiest books of the summer.

If you want to find it hard to pick sides.

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This book is popular but for good reason! A wrongful conviction, a twelve year sentence, and a marriage that was just beginning. This book is anything but the typical summer romance novel.

Dark Matter

If you want to feel like your mind was blown.

If you’re looking for a scifi book without aliens or the far off future.

If you want a book that you can binge read.

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This book currently hold the title for my favorite book of all time! Here is the synopsis that I feel can explain the book much better than I can:

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

I was constantly pausing to mentally freak out about this book and I found the author did a fantastic job describing highly scientific theories in laymen terms so not to deter from the action.