Summer Reads

Hey y’all!

I thought I’d take a quick second to jump on here and update on my current reads! Currently I’m reading The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz, and I have almost finished it. The author was so nice to send me a copy to read and review, and I can confidently say I recommend this book without even finishing it yet. It’s such a great read, and it goes quickly. Andi is a wonderfully captivating writer and I know big things are coming her way!

I am also listening to My Story by Elizabeth Smart on my favorite audiobook app: OverDrive. It’s incredible to hear her real life story, especially since she is the narrator. What an incredibly brave and inspiring woman she is.

I tabled The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling for now. I will eventually return to it, but life is short and there are too many books I’m excited to read right now to pause too long on ones not holding my interest.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in New York City for a wedding. I made time to go check out Strand Bookstore and Books are Beautiful. Both of these stores are a Bookstagrammers dream, and I so enjoyed getting lost there. If you haven’t been into Strand Bookstore before, prepare to be blown away and possibly a bit overwhelmed.

Let me know what you’re reading this Summer in the comment section below!

 

 

 

 

 

Out of my Comfort Zone Book Reviews

Happy Monday!

I have two new book reviews for y’all. I don’t read many books outside of mystery/crime fiction BUT these two books were so good. I’m glad I stepped away from my “norm” for a little while.

Dorothy Benton Frank is from Charleston and is one of my favorite authors. She had a book signing a few weeks ago, but I was sick and couldn’t make it. When I was in Barnes and Noble a couple of weeks ago and was checking out, there were signed copies of her new book at the register. Obviously I bought it, and I am thrilled I did.

By Invitation Only is the perfect summer read.  The book centers around Diane Stiftel and her family as they prepare for her only son to marry into a wealthy family from Chicago. The book gives us her point of view, her future daughter in law’s point of view, and the mother of the bride’s point of view. There are so many issues at play in the book, and the author does an amazing job of bringing it all together. The book has everything you could want in a story: love, heartache, surprise, and surprisingly a little bit of crime. I highly recommend checking this book out, as well as her other ones, especially if you are from Charleston.

The next book is an audiobook titled, A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline. It’s an emotional book told from the perspective of Christina Olson, a disabled farm girl. She is destined to live her life on her family’s farm, partly from her disability but also because of her pull to stay true to her family’s legacy. While her world is small, she does end up having an influence on the outside world. She becomes the muse for Andrew Wyeth as she hosts him for over twenty years at the family farm. She is the subject of one of the most well known American paintings of the twentieth century. The author blends fiction and fact incredibly well, and tells a story that will make you cry for the character one minute and be angry at her the next. This book is not one I would have normally chosen, but I am glad it was available through Overdrive for me to check out and listen to!

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