Summer Reading List

I really love to read, but I’ve been so terrible at actually getting to it lately. I’m excited to get through these four books in the next few weeks and would LOVE to know your book recommendations or what you’re reading. I’m generally cheap when it comes to books because I know I can get them for $1 or less so I only buy Nook books when they’re under $5 unless I NEED it. I also buy tons of books at yard sales for anywhere from a quarter to a dollar. So many in fact that there is a box with at least 50 books sitting in my living room waiting for me to get a bookshelf. I’m so excited to get started on those books because I’ve been feeling guilty about buying them and then just letting them sit around. Some have been around for a couple of years and I haven’t read them yet. I’m so excited to start reading tonight. I’m thinking an iced tea while I sit outside with the dogs this afternoon reading one of the following. Perfection.

Beautiful Disaster
Just bought it for my Nook

“The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.”

My Sister’s Keeper
Just bought it for my Nook

“A riveting suspense thriller that explores the special bond between a brother and sister. After his reporter-sister is brutally attacked investigating the rape of a 13-year old, Richard Baimbridge moves back to his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina, to assist his family with her recovery and comes face to face with his tormented past and a dark family secret.

Despised by his father, haunted by his past, and fighting to stay above the flood of childhood trauma, he longs to return to the life he’d built. But when the police exhaust all leads, his wheelchair-bound sister refuses to let her case die. With Richard as her legs, she draws him into the dark underside of Wilmington, a world of sex, violence, and murder where Richard, himself, becomes the primary suspect in the murders of Wilmington’s young girls. Desperate to learn the truth about his family and drowning in a sea of damning evidence and rumor, Richard battles to prove his innocence and discovers the man he was intended to be.”

Lost & Found
Paperback I bought a long time ago at a yard sale

“A poignant and unforgettable tale of love, loss, and moving on . . . with the help of one not-so-little dog

Rocky’s husband Bob was just forty-two when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless on the bathroom floor . . . and Rocky’s world changed forever. Quitting her job, chopping off all her hair, she leaves Massachusetts—reinventing her past and taking a job as Animal Control Warden on Peak’s Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine and a million miles away from everything she’s lost. She leaves her career as a psychologist behind, only to find friendship with a woman whose brain misfires in the most wonderful way and a young girl who is trying to disappear. Rocky, a quirky and fallible character, discovers the healing process to be agonizingly slow.
But then she meets Lloyd.
A large black Labrador retriever, Lloyd enters Rocky’s world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, lovable beast. As the unraveling mystery of Lloyd’s accident and missing owner leads Rocky to an archery instructor who draws her in even as she finds every reason to mistrust him, she discovers the life-altering revelation that grief can be transformed . . . and joy does exist in unexpected places.”
Bought at a yard sale a long time ago
“As moving as his bestselling works of fiction, Nicholas Sparks’s unique memoir, written with his brother, chronicles the life-affirming journey of two brothers bound by memories, both humorous and tragicIn January 2003, Nicholas Sparks and his brother, Micah, set off on a three-week trip around the globe. It was to mark a milestone in their lives, for at thirty-seven and thirty-eight respectively, they were now the only surviving members of their family. Against the backdrop of the wonders of the world and often overtaken by their feelings, daredevil Micah and the more serious, introspective Nicholas recalled their rambunctious childhood adventures and the tragedies that tested their faith. And in the process, they discovered startling truths about loss, love, and hope.Narrated with irrepressible humor and rare candor, and including personal photos, THREE WEEKS WITH MY BROTHER reminds us to embrace life with all its uncertainties…and most of all, to cherish the joyful times, both small and momentous, and the wonderful people who make them possible.”

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