My Summer Book List

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It is pouring rain here! So the best thing I can think to do is to snuggle up with a book and a latte.  I want to share with you what I am reading and what I want to read this summer. I have always been into reading and when I lived in Minneapolis I would attend an amazing book club called Books and Bars. There were like 100 people that would attend in a theater and if you wanted to speak you would have to raise your hand and the Moderator would walk over to you with the microphone.  I really enjoyed it. Jeff, the moderator was hilarious and I loved the variation of books that he would select. This was something I knew I was really going to miss when I moved to Wausau. So when I moved I decided to start my own book club! I made a deal with a restaurant and they offered to give us free appetizers in exchange for hosting the club there, so I called the book club Appetizing Reads. I have met some of my best friends in Wausau through book club, and I have met so many incredible people! It is nowhere as big as Books and Bars averaging about 10-15 people a month. I like how intimate Appetizing Reads is and the great conversations each book stimulates. Being a part of a book club forces you to read books that you might not have otherwise read, so it makes your reading list a lot more diverse!

Here is my Summer Reading list:

Tiny Beautiful Things

Cheryl Strayed

This is one of my favorites. The advice Sugar (Cheryl Strayed) gives is thoughtful and genuine. She has quite the mouth so if you don’t like swear words beware! However, her life experiences make her a perfect advice columnist. She answers her readers carefully and lovingly. People may not believe you when you say a book have changed their lives, but this book made me hold myself accountable for my thoughts and actions. It made me have a whole new outlook on life, and I couldn’t be more grateful to my friend Leah for suggesting it to me. Now when we have a tough situation we ask ourselves, “What would Cheryl do?”

The Good Girl

Mary Kubica

This book was very well written.  It’s one of those books that are told from multiple perspectives, which I always appreciated. I like getting different point of views. If you read a lot of reviews they compare The Good Girl to Gone Girl, but I don’t necessarily agree with the comparison. They are both suspenseful thrillers, but The Good Girl definitely holds it’s own. I have not been one to gravitate towards suspenseful thrillers, but this is one that will definitely get you thinking!

The Girl on The Train

Paula Hawkins

This book was recommended to me after I read The Good Girl. This is another suspenseful thriller that will get you thinking. It is about a girl who takes the train and when she does she views a couple that she has deemed as perfect. She imagines what their perfect life must be like, but then one of them goes missing and she finds herself in the middle of the investigation.

Me Before You

JoJo Moyes

This book stuck with me. Once I got close to the end I could not put it down, and after reading it I couldn’t shake the feeling it gave me. It really makes you think about what you would do if you were put into a situation you never imagined. This book is about a girl that becomes a caretaker for a quadriplegic who had once had a very fulfilling and adventurous life. She makes him rethink his situation and in turn he makes her rethink hers. “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doer

This book was recommended to me on my kindle after reading another similar historic fiction. I bought it on the kindle without realizing how long it was. It’s 531 pages, but totally worth it! It was the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize and has been deemed one of the top books of 2015. It is a beautiful and stunningly ambitious best seller about a bind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive during World War II.

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

This book is set in Australia and is about a crime that takes place during the Kindergarten’s parent night Trivia Game. It seems like it may be a thriller suspense, but it is actually quite funny! It is told from multiple view points and every view point has something that you can relate to.

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart

After have saying I don’t gravitate towards suspenseful thrillers I realized that half of the books on here are suspenseful thrillers. It must be a summer thing! This book is definitely a good summer read. It is a young adult, but is suited to all ages. It is one that once you finish reading it you will want to go back and read again!

The Light Between Oceans

M.L. Stedman

This is the book that I am reading now. I am really enjoying it so far. It is about a lighthouse caretaker who falls in love and brings his new wife to the secluded island where he works. They have had issues conceiving and one day a boat washes up with a baby in it. One of them wants to report the baby missing and the other one wants to keep it and raise it as their own. We will see what happens! I just looked it up and it is soon to be a major motion picture so that’s exciting!

READKasey Taube