Books on my Shelf: Vaca Reads

I was on vacation in Aruba last week (the best!) and I was so happy to have so much time to read. Reading is one of my favorite things ever, especially on vacation.

I got to read so many great books and have some awesome recommendations for your summer reading list!

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Here is exactly what I read, what I thought, in the order that I read them:

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This was a great mystery and suspense read. I’ve read a ton of Lisa Scottoline books and loved them all. This one was different from her crime and mystery books because instead of being about a lawyer, it focuses on a judge. This took barely any time to really get into the story and was all around worth reading. Very suspenseful!

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Sophie Kinsella’s books are always so funny. She has such an easy way of writing and telling a story that I can never put her books down. I loved the characters in this book and the story that developed around them. This book was a little bit predictable – but in a good way. You love what you know is going to happen next and can’t stop reading to ensure that it does. It’s that kind of story.

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Wow. I loved this book. I was a little bit weary of it because it didn’t get amazing reviews on Good Reads. It was reviewed to be more…average. But, I think those reviews were oh-so-wrong. I loved this story and seriously could not put it down! I loved escaping to the Nantucket island where this book took place and getting lost in the minds of the characters. I really loved how it was set in all of their voices rather than just one characters. Definitely a fast paced book and a perfect summer read.

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Nicholas Sparks always writes a good story and this is no exception. I will but a warning that this is an emotional read. It definitely had me going. I don’t want to give up too much – but have tissues nearby! Totally worth reading.

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At first I was really skeptical about this book. The story line of it seemed really weird. But, I have to say it turned out to be an amazing tale. It was even educational and eye-opening. I loved the way the female took on a different and unique role in the novel and thought all of the characters and problems surrounding them were developed really well. This book did a great way of dealing with a real-world issue (that doesn’t get nearly enough attention) in a touching fictional light. I can’t wait to read more Kristin Hannah books!

What have been your favorite reads so far this summer?

Books on my Shelf: The Rescue

Last week I read The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks.

This is one of his older books that I had never read. I read it because my mom gave it to me, and the little synopsis on the back sounded pretty good. Almost always I seem to love his books, so I figured, why not?

It turned out that it was a really great read. I couldn’t put it down! The characters were so easy to get attached to and the situation was so cute but also something that I felt could actually happen. Sometimes in his books, I feel as though the love life situations are very fictionalized, to the point of almost being unrealistic. But in this book, they were certainly more within reach and believable.

There was also a large sense of tragedy in the book that made me gravitate towards it. It was interesting and compelling and even suspenseful at times.

I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a good love story and something light to read. You will definitely enjoy the story and at the end have a warmed heart.

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Have you read The Rescue? What’s your favorite Nicholas Sparks book?