Favorite Summer Reads
With Autumn fast approaching (8 days to be exact!) I thought I would share with you some of my favorite reads from this past summer! My reading tastes were all over the place this summer, from childhood favorites, to memoirs, mysteries, and romance. For a more complete look at my reading list you can find me on Goodreads!
The Lake House// Kate Morton's books are always a favorite and her latest did not disappoint! She is one of the few authors I continuously give 5 stars; Morton is a masterful storyteller and her books always involve some sort of family secret which leaves me guessing until the very end! The Lake House is my 2nd favorite of hers right behind The Forgotten Garden. I gave it 5 stars.
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared// This was one of two memoirs I read this past summer. After her mother left, Alice Ozma's father read aloud to her for every night from 4th grade until she went to college. This memoir hits on some of the life lessons she learned from the books they shared and offers a sweet glimpse into their unique father-daughter relationship. An easy but enjoyable read; it brought back memories of my own from long-forgotten childhood reads. 3 stars
Daddy-Long-Legs// This is one of those childhood favorites I hadn't picked up since grade school. It's written as a series of letters from orphan Judy Abbott to her mysterious benefactor, Daddy-long-legs, who is paying her way through college. The whole book is witty and charming. The sequel, Dear Enemy, is just as fun. I give it 3.5 stars
What Alice Forgot// This was the first book I've read by Liane Moriarty and it certainly won't be the last. This book is one that stuck with me and really made me reflect on my own relationships; I love books that do that! When Alice Love comes to after a concussion, she's lost all of her memories from the last 10 years and is shocked to find she now has 3 children and is in the middle of divorcing the love of her life. Moriarty illuminated all the small incidents that can derail a relationship and the beauty of forgiveness. 4 stars.
My Stubborn Heart// A fun contemporary romance, perfect for lazy days by the pool! Becky Wade always creates authentic characters and charming settings that make me wish the people and places were real. A former NHL player turned handy-man and a stubborn heroine in need of adventure equal a fun and easy summer read. 4 stars.
Light of the World// I picked this one up after seeing it on Modern Mrs. Darcy's blog (she's a great resource for books!). It was the second memoir I read this summer. With poetic grace, Elizabeth Alexander reflects on the sudden death of her husband and the beauty of love, life, and loss. A little more serious than what I normally read but I'm glad I picked it up. 3 stars
If you've read any of these I'd love to know your thoughts! What were some of your favorite reads from this past summer?