2014 Summer Books

Since my summer officially ends tomorrow, I thought I would update you all on the books I read this summer. I read a lot of good ones! Since this was not the summer for movies or TV, books were my go-to.

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1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

This is about an athlete training for the Olympics who becomes a World War II pilot. He ends up spending a great deal of time in a POW camp in Japan. Very inspirational and probably my favorite of the summer! This will make a great movie directed by Angela Jolie.

2. Serena by Ron Rash

This is about a ruthless couple in the 1930’s trying to make their way in the timber business. George Pemberton has been in the camp longer than his wife Serena, and he ends up fathering an illegitimate child. Once Serena moves in, you learn that there is no man that can challenge her. This movie will star Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

3. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

This book is about a girl named Alice who wakes up after a gym accident to learn she has forgotten ten years of her life. She doesn’t remember her three children and believes her and her husband will live happily ever after. She needs to put the pieces of her live back together.

4. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

If you liked Gone Girl this might be the book for you. It has a dark and somewhat twisted storyline. An overworked mother tries to figure out the pieces of her daughter’s supposed suicide. She does what she can to prove her daughter was murdered and learns things she never expected she would about her daughter’s hidden life.

5. I was Told There’d be Cake by Sloane Crosley

Author, Sloane Crosley, writes a series of short essays about her life and they are hilarious! If you liked Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (another one I would highly recommend) this one might be for you. It’s a quick read and very funny.

6. The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure by Jack Handley

Don’t waste your time. It’s weird. I have a strange sense of humor and even I couldn’t get into this one.

7. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

I haven’t actually finished this one yet. I read most of it, then saw the movie, and now I don’t have much motivation to finish it since I know how it ends. However, it’s still a very good, but very long, love story. A burglar, Peter Lake, falls in love with Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. This is a story of how love transcends across time. Reminder: it’s long and wordy. Not an easy breezy beach read.

8. Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, both part of the Lunar Chronicles

I mentioned Cinder in my cruise posts, and I just finished Scarlet, the second book in the series. This is a young adult series that retells some classic fairy tales with a sci-fi twist. There’s humans, androids, plagues, moon people, a prince, a wolf and a whole lot of drama! It’s the new thing among middle schoolers. I also like that the heroes are mostly female.

9. Maze Runner by James Dashner

This is the next Hunger Games. I also mentioned this in the cruise posts. A group of boys are dropped off in the middle of a maze with their memories gone. They must find out what the maze means and how to get out of it. This is a series and I have heard the second book gets a lot more gory than the first. This is being made into a movie, but I don’t know much about it.

10. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, 2nd book in the Miss Peregrine’s series

The Miss Peregrine’s series in another young adult series that is basically X-Men for kids. The story is about kids called peculiars that have special powers. These kids live in loops that keep them the same age and in the same time period. Guess what?! Also being made into a movie.

11. Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord

This is the one I’m currently reading and I’m about half way through. It’s a very quick read about a man who decides to travel the world to learn about what makes people happy. It’s almost like a self-help book in disguise. It’s a movie coming out in September starring Simon Pegg.

Lately, I’ve been on the books-getting-turned-into-movies kick. Overall, it’s been a good reading summer (minus number 6 on this list). Here’s what I’ve got on the stack for fall:

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The One and Only by Emily Giffin (author of Something Borrowed)

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby (it’s a movie that’s already out starring Pierce Brosnan, it was a limited release movie)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (a movie out right now!)

Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman (a movie shown at some film festivals but hasn’t made its public appearance yet, Dakota Fanning is back!)

Horns by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son is the author, a movie coming out soon starring Daniel Radcliffe)

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (2nd book in the Maze Runner series)

Happy reading! What are your recommendations?

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