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Hey there friends! I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it’s almost beach season. Dad has his pool open already. I even cleaned it for him a couple of weeks ago… my good deed for the summer
While I love spending time with family and friends around the pool and watching the little nephews jump in and want me to do tricks on the diving board (yes, I still have tricks), I long for the summer days alone where I can spend the entire day reading with a good book.
When I go on vacation, the clothes are easy, the books are hard. How many to take? Should I take regular books or Nook books? Do I have a range of genres so I can change it up? Do I have the books that will keep my interest for several hours on the beach?
Well if you are planning a vacation and looking for books to haul along, you are in luck. I have put together a list of the books I’ve read this year so far that will have you lathering on the sunscreen, because you’re not leaving until this book is over. I know that many people like easy, light beach reads, but this list is a little different. The reads are a little harder, more in depth, but I promise you, these are books that will keep your attention and you won’t want to put down. **Warning…I am not to blame if you lose track of time and get sunburned**
1. Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler: This book is told through the past and present. In the past, we learn about young Isabelle’s struggle as a young girl in the 1930s who falls in love with a her black housekeeper’s son. The present tells of a road trip to a funeral with her hair dresser, who is also black. Along the way, Isabelle tells her story…except for just whose funeral they are attending, and why. This one pulls you in immediately. You want to know who is so important for this elderly lady to drive across the country for and you want to know how she managed to break the color barrier back when it was as tall as the Berlin wall.
2. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks: You have to have a love story at the beach right? And it’s so sunny out, no one will be paying attention to your tears. They will think that you are just sweating. But let me tell you, the tears will come with this one. Katie has a secret…a major one. She has a former life that no one can find out about. And a present life that one person in particular must never find out. I read this book just before I went and saw the movie. The movie was good, but the book was better.
3. Hysteria by Megan Miranda: Ok, so I’ve given you a little historical fiction and a love story. Now add YA To the list. Mallory killed her boyfriend and is now having nightmares about that day and day terrors about a possible stalker. This one has a twist that you won’t want to miss. Just keep reading. Just keep reading.
4. The Boy from Reactor 4 by Orest Stalmach: This is totally not what you expected to be on my list, right? I know, I know. I turned it down originally, but read it and loved it. I recently watched A Good Day to Die Hard and the movie is set in Russia, part set in Chernobyl. Thanks to this book, I felt like I had been there and knew exactly where they were and what they faced. The book follows Nadia, whose father’s dying wish leads her back to his homeland, Russia, to help a young family get a better life and protect a secret that could be world changing. This was such a page turner, I couldn’t put it down.
5. The Sixth Station by Linda Stasi: What could I add to this list? Religion. Linda Stasi knocked it out of the park with this book. It’s reminiscent of Dan Brown books and follows a journalist who tries to uncover the story of a man who is believed to be the second coming of Christ. This thriller starts in New York, but takes you on an international trip that will have you wanting to find the deepest, darkest religious secrets in the remote parts of the world.
6. The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb: Who doesn’t love a good web of tangled family secrets that have been hidden under decades of cobwebs in a moss covered mansion? This is probably one of my favorite audio books I have ever listened to. I just couldn’t get enough. I kept driving around more than I needed (which means I was at 100+ miles a day thanks to my commute, so you know it’s good) just to keep listening. I will say there is a bit of paranormal in this book that kept it from being perfect in my eyes, but it was still so good, it had to be added to the list.
7. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline: Who is this girl that keeps adding all of these books to this summer reading list? What happened to the girl who only used to read YA? Folks, she’s growing up and so are her reading tastes. Orphan Train is an amazing piece of historical fiction that had me doing research late into the night to find out more about these trains. How did I never hear of these? The story puts together a foster care teen with a wealthy elderly woman who has taken a long journey to get to where she is today. You start loving the characters early and can’t wait to hear more about their lives.
Alright friends. There is my beach reading list. All of these books were ones that I could. not. put. down. I wanted more, and still do as I am writing up this list. As I went through my list of books I’ve read so far this year, I fell in love with all of these stories over again and hope that you love them as well!
I want to know what you books are on your Beach Read List for 2013! Leave a comment. Let me know. I am always looking for more books to add to my shelf, even if I have to sneak them in so my husband doesn’t see
Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can’t remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn’t charged. But Mallory still feels Brian’s presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others.
In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda’s masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.
I absolutely loved Mallory’s character from the get-go. She is a normal girl, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong boy. After the deadly night, everything changes. Her parents have a hard time staying in the same room with her, and hide sharp objects, just to be sure nothing like this ever happens again. Her best friend isn’t allowed to spend time with her. And her dead boyfriend’s mom is stalking her. So, she is shipped off to a private school. She is in a bad situation all around and having horrible nightmares don’t make it any easier, or the fact that she keeps waking up with bruises that she can’t explain. You have to feel for her. You don’t know all of the details from the night she killed her boyfriend, and at the beginning of the book, she doesn’t either, but you know that she didn’t do it without cause and you want to help her get better and move forward. Luckily there’s another cute boy that comes into the picture, Reid, who Mallory has been friends with since they were children, but she can’t fall too hard, too fast. Remember what happened last time?
This book creeped me out! You always wonder what will happen if something tragic and horrible happens to you. And I have to say that if I were in that situation, hysteria would probably take over my life as well. How do you cope? How do you move forward? How do you even remember what really happened?
I really liked how Miranda told this story from the present and then goes back to the night the murder happened. I thought she did this flawlessly, with inch-by-inch revealing the the vivid details.
This book pulled me in from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was going on with Mallory. There has to be a rational explanation, right?
I give Hysteria 5 out of 5 bookmarks.
Happy Sunday (evening) friends! Hope the weekend has treated you well! I only left the house once this weekend, but it’s been a productive one. We had the water guys here for SIX HOURS yesterday replacing our water heater. It took longer than expected, but now we can get showers for more than 5 minutes. Yippee! Although I was couch-bound while the water guys were here, I got A LOT of knitting done. So much that I was able to finish the third of three baby blankets for a friend’s triplets. I’ve been working on them for months. Today I got caught up on the house cleaning and finished The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow. I also got in a couple of good Jillian Michaels workouts, including her six-week ab workout today. It was my first stab at that one, and I wanted to quit after the first round, 18 minutes in. I finished and am glad I did. Definitely something I will work in to my weekend routine.
I have some major reading to do over the next month. Here’s what you can expect (book wise) on the blog in the month of March:
March 3: Review of Three Sisters by Susan Mallery
March 4: Interview with Susan Mallery
March 4: Review of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski
March 7: Review of Hysteria by Megan Miranda
March 15: Review of The Best Man by Kristan Higgins
March 16: Interview with Kristan Higgins
March 18: Review of Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
March 23: Review of The Boy from Reactor 4 by Orest Stelmach
March 25: Review of The Sixth Station by Linda Stasci
I’ve already got a couple of these books read and hope to also work in Improvising Carla and The Murder Bird by Joanna Hines. Oh and I have Also Known As (below) on my NetGalley bookshelf just calling my name.
Out This Week
As I mentioned above, I already have Also Known As and I plan to get The Madness Underneath. I don’t know how I missed out on the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson, but luckily I am only a couple of books behind. I know what will be downloaded on the Nook soon!
Hope you have a wonderful week! Click on the book cover to learn more about what is coming out this week. And feel free to stop by or Tweet me (@kariannalysis) to give me some motivation for the reading this coming month!