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Summer Reads 2014

I had grand plans to read a ton of books this summer.  My hope was that I would put a huge dent in my TBR pile.  Instead it continues to grow.  I’m not complaining though.  So far I have read seven books and I am about midway through my current read (Thanks for the Memories). Hopefully I will be able to finish it and squeeze another book in before school starts on the 25th.

Summer ReadsRead in order from top to bottom:

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – I had extremely high hopes for this book. I read tons of reviews and lots of people loved it. However, I found myself struggling to follow the story in the beginning because it kept pinging back and forth between characters before I could latch onto them.  The actual secret…. not what I was expecting at all.  Decent read if you don’t have a ton of other books occupying your time.  I rated this book 3/5 stars.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – I waited so long to read this book because a friend wanted to do a read along.  Sadly that never happened, plus I couldn’t wait any longer.  I rated this book 4/5 stars.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I bought this on a whim.  I had not heard anything about it. In fact it was my first Rainbow Rowell book.  I’ve said it before and I will say it again, “One of my all time favorite books!”  I rated this book 5/5 stars!

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple  – I bought this book because I heard good things, but this was another book I enjoyed but wasn’t crazy about.  I rated this book 3/5 stars.

Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews – This book was sent to me by the publisher.  I won it in a giveaway featured on Lesa’s Book Critiques.  In the spring I read Summer Rental and Spring Fever both by Mary Kay Andrews, so I knew her writing style and the type of stories she wrote.  I knew it would be a perfect summer read and I was not disappointed.  I rated this book 4/5 stars. 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green – After reading The Fault in Our Stars and samples of Paper Towns and The Abundance of Katherines I added other John Green books to my growing list of books I wanted to read.   Another story told from two points of view.  I tabbed several quotes and passages.  I rated this book a disappointing 3/5 stars.

Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews – I saw this book in Target and passed it up.  I was reading Ladies’ Night and I knew I had several other books sitting on my shelf at home waiting for me. However, on a separate Target run I noticed it again, and it was an autographed copy!  So then I had to buy it.  I rated this book 4/5 stars.

So there you have my rather short summer reading list.  Check out my Goodreads to find out what other books I am reading and how I rate them.  What books did you read this summer?

xoxo Gwen



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