Summer Reading – What I Read

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Summer Reading – What I Read

Hey there!  I am so glad you decided to stop by today.  I am already mourning the loss of summer.  It’s time for me to start getting ready for a new school year.  I hate to lose my free time, having no schedule, and getting to read as much as I like.  On the other hand, I like having routine – I seem to be more productive that way, and I have missed my friends.  Anyway, I have had time to do some reading this summer, and I’m here to share with you my summer reads – and they are ALL good!  So, if you are in need of a recommendation, read on friend. I’ve got five.


Summer Reading picks from my summer reading.

Behind Closed Doors B.A.Paris

I COULD NOT put this book down.  It is dark and twisted and I loved every minute of this ride.  Imagine you meet the man of your dreams, move into your dream home, and have a bright future.  Then, on your wedding night you discover nothing is as you thought it was.  Instead you’ve married a psychopath and you can’t figure out how to get out.  Sound good?  This is the author’s debut novel, and I am looking forward to the next book.

Here’s what the publisher says:
Newlyweds Grace and Jack Angel seem to lead a perfect life in British author Paris’s gripping debut, but appearances can be deceiving. In addition to being a handsome, successful attorney, Jack is also a sadistic psychopath, and the couple’s picture-perfect Spring Eaton, England, home doubles as Grace’s prison. Jack forced Grace to quit her job, refuses to allow her unsupervised contact with the outside world, and cruelly punishes her escape attempts. Grace would welcome death were it not for her 17-year-old sister, Millie, who intends to come live with them once she finishes school.


Summer Reading picks from my summer reading.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

If you loved Pride and Prejudice, then you will really love this one too.  This is a modern retelling of the story.  Even though I knew how the plot would go, I thoroughly enjoyed every page.  It was fun to see this age-old story told in a new way.

Here’s what the publisher says:
This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.


My summer reading picks.

No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

If you like book like Gone Girl or Girl on a Train, you will love this one too.  This is the story of Aubrey, who has been mourning the disappearnce/death? of her husband for five years.  Just when she feels like she is about to get her life back together, everything from her past comes back.  Now she has more questions and wonders…is he really dead?  What really happened?  This was a real page turner.  I kept guessing to the very end.

Here’s what the publisher says:
Aubrey Hamilton has been mourning her missing husband for five years, despite being even while she was considered the prime suspect in his murder. But when he is officially declared dead, there are still more questions than answers: Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Was he murdered, or did he run away? And who is the new, mysterious and strangely familiar figureman suddenly appearing in Aubrey’s life? And has she finally lost her mind after years of loneliness and confusion?

My summer reading picks.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I enjoyed this book, but it is not a book I would typically choose.  I saw it recommended on another blog so I jumped right in.  It’s a fun story about Rachel who visits Singapore for the summer to meet her boyfriend’s parents.  However, his life in Singapore is among the richest people you will encounter.  I wasn’t sure if this was Crazy-Rich Asians or Crazy Rich-Asians.  The characters were interesting and it was fun to get a glimpse into such a luxury lifestyle.  I also enjoyed learning a bit about the culture.  The story was fun and there is a sequel; however, I don’t know that I am interested in reading that one.  If you like stepping out of reality, then you will enjoy this book – even if it is a little predictable.

Here’s what the publisher says:
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry.

Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.


My summer reading picks.

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

Okay, so in all honesty, I am still reading this one.  I’m about halfway through it.  However, I am totally hooked.  This story is like a mystery unfolding.  You can’t quit reading because you also want to get to the bottom of the missing roommate. Where did she go?  Is she alive?  I’m also really wanting to find out why Leah, the main character, had to leave Boston.  Is someone from her past stalking her?  So many questions that I need answers to.  If you like suspense, you’ll like this story.

Here’s what the publisher says:

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Alright friends, I have given you five awesome books to add to your reading list.  SO, what books have you read lately?  Anything you would recommend?  Or, if you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear what you thought of them.  Tell me in the comments below.


Until next time~


  1. I also couldn’t out down Behind Closed Doors. It actually really freaked me out to the point I was having nightmares. I thought I was immune to psychological thrillers now but clearly not! #twinklytuesday

  2. I loved Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris is an author I’d keep an eye out for in the future; I’ve read both books now. #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Author

      Yes, I saw there was another book. That is definitely being added to my list of books to read. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I loved Gone Girl and Girl on a Train, so I’m definitely going to order No one Knows! Thanks for the recommendations! #fortheloveofblog

    1. Author

      Great! Then you MUST let me know what you think of it. I’ve since read another one..Behind Closed Doors. I could not put it down. 🙂

  4. These sound so great! Pinning this list to bring with me to the library.

  5. That Crazy Rich Asians sounds like quite a story! I’ll see if our library has it. Thanks!

    1. Author

      It was. It’s not what I normally read, but I did enjoy the escape. Let me know what you think of it.

  6. such a great list – I need to read these! saving this list for the future! #fortheloveofBLOG thanks for linking up xx

  7. I love to read but lately I just haven’t had enough time. Its such a nice break to get into a really good book.

  8. Thanks for the recommendations for some good fiction. Thank you for linking up at The Blogger’s Pit Stop Link Party. I’m sharing your link on social media.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

  9. I have just added Behind Closed Doors to my Amazon cart! I don’t ever actually have time to read but it sounds too good not to buy! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  10. All five of these are new to me and look intriguing! I’ve just finished Chautona Havig’s first two books in her Sight Unseen Trilogy: None So Blind and Will Not See. They are really good and I’m dying for the overarching mystery to be resolved in the third book which won’t be out for at least six months! :-0 Now, I’m about halfway through Jana Kelley’s Side by Side, a novel set in North Sudan. The two main characters are a young white American mom and a young female Sudanese Muslim college student. I’m about halfway through and their stories are still running concurrently. I’m riveted and can’t wait for them to meet and to find out what happens!

    Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!

    1. Author

      OOH…yours sound good too. I’ll have to check those out. Thanks for the suggestions. 🙂

  11. Interesting selections! Crazy Rich Asians sounds good, and I think I’d really like The Perfect Stranger!

    1. Author

      Yes! and Yes!! It sounds like you’re a reader too. Follow along with me, and I’ll periodically post what we’ve been reading. 🙂 Glad you found me.

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