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What’s On The Rest of Your Summer Reading List? Here’s What’s On Mine.

We’ve had aaaalot of travel time this summer, with only more coming soon with a flight to Hawaii from the east coast. I’ve definitely been logging some miles on my Kindle too and my summer reading list.

I recently re-discovered how to rent a book on my Kindle from my local library so that’s awesome and helps with cost as I’ve been reading a ton. Wait lists are long but I’ve been planning ahead and doing a mix of buying books off Amazon and borrowing at my library. Highly recommend getting connected with your local library and seeing if you can borrow books too. If you read a lot, it’s a great way to save some money.

Here’s some that are on my list. What’s on yours? I rely heavily on reviews from other Amazon and Good Readsreaders (friend me if you’re there!) and they generally steer me right.

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A Man Called Ove– I’ve been hearing so many good things about this book and I’m on a long wait list for it so I’ll probably cave and order it soon! This story surrounds Ove, acranky older man who lives alone. His new neighbors develop a friendship with him and it’s apparently a wonderful feel-good story. I need more of those in my life!

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After You – I read Me Before You a couple of years ago with one of my book clubs. I hadn’t thought to pick up the sequel since so much time has passed but after seeing Me Before You on the big screen, I’m interested to continue hearing what happened to Louisa.

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The Last Star – The Last Star is the final installment in the 5th Wave series. Did you see the movie? The book was definitely better than the movie. It’s a good dystopian fiction series you can really dig into and I’m always jealous of someone who has all the books out and available to them. I started reading this series when the first book came out so it’s been a bit of a wait. I’m intrigued to see how the story ends.

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Circling the Sun– this one was named one of the best books of the year by NPR. It’s about a British woman brought to Kenya and raised there in the 1920s.

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What She Knew – this month’s pick for one of my book clubs. It’s written and set in England and is a thriller about a woman searching for her missing son.

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The Kitchen House – I’ve been hearing that I should read the Kitchen House for years and I finally added to to my library list. It has wonderful recommendations from readers everywhere. It’s about a white Irish indentured servant placedwho works in the south in a kitchen.

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Lilac Girls – as soon as one friend told me, “this book is as good as The Nightingale,” I knew I had to add it to my list, seeing as that’s one of my favorite books of the last few years. Similarly, it’s set during World World II but following three women – each having their own stories in the US & France, Poland and Germany. I can’t wait to read it and I’m also buried in a long wait for this at the library so also may cave and buy this for the plane too.

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Secrets of a Charmed Life – this is the same author as the one who wrote the Fall of Marigolds, which I read for Book Club and was a decent read. Secrets of a Charmed Life looks to have even better reviews! It’s set between two times (like Fall of Marigolds was), this time present day and World War II.

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The Lake House– I’ve been hearing about this one for awhile; everytime I turn around, it seems like another friend is reading it on Good Reads. I’ve been hesitant to read it as this is the same author of the Secret Keeper. I didn’t love that book. But this book has rave reviews so I’m going go give it a go eventually.

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry– another one with good reviews and I added this to my list after seeing it on Amazon. Here’s a description: “A. J. Fikrys life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over–and see everything anew. “

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Sarah’s Key – no sooner had I added this book to my list when a friend who reads similar books to me recommended it. She said it was amazing.

Here’s a description from Amazon, “Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel dHiv roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel dHivs 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her toSarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins toquestion her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life. ”

 

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