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: Break Reads

Over break, I did some reading and discovered some great books!

First, I read Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans. Oh my goodness – such an amazing story! I literally couldn’t put this down and have thought about how awesome the story was time an time again since finishing it weeks ago.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a feel-good story. Let me warn you though – there is a big twist that will totally shock you!

Next, I read Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman. I can’t say that I was as obsessed with this one as the last, but it was still a good read and it told a great story. It was pretty deep and more of a dense read, but so worth the time! The characters were super developed and I loved how it was set to only take place in the summer time, but still focused on different years. This is a book that shows the power of tragedy and how connections can be tested over time.

The next book I read was I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark. This was a mystery/thriller that I absolutely loved. I was so excited every night to get home and read before bed to see what was going to happen next. This is the first mystery that I’ve ever correctly predicted the end to, but it was definitely a lucky guess since this is not a predictable story at all.

Finally, I read Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I know I’ve blogged about her books before, and I definitely loved this one so much! It has the familiar Shopaholic main character in it, Becky, and she gets herself into loads of hilarious trouble. It is a really fast paced book that will never cease surprise you or make you laugh.

I’m so happy with all the great books I read over the break and can’t wait to read even more this semester!

What were your best holiday reads?


Books on my Shelf: Sophie Kinsella

An author that I so often overlook, regrettably, is Sophie Kinsella.

Most notable for her series Confessions of a Shopaholic that was turned into an adorably hilarious movie, she has a bunch of really great books out there.

Her writing is lighthearted, funny, and her characters are relatable. She writes novels that are great to read in a Saturday bubble bath or while you’re getting a pedicure.

I particularly loved her book Remember Me?. I read it a while ago, and I couldn’t put it down. Centered around a woman who survived a car accident but lost her memory, it is a read to remember.

Another great book she wrote is Can You Keep a Secret?. If you like gossip and secrets, this is a great match for you.

I like these two books much better than the Shopaholic novels. I haven’t read her newest book, I’ve Got Your Number, but am looking forward to doing so during Christmas break.

Like I said, these are a lighthearted read, perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine after a long week. If you’re looking for a laugh and great girly read, I highly recommend!