This summer I promised myself that I would read more, and I'm pleased to say that I did! I'm a sucker for self-help and fitness books, so I decided to switch it up a bit with some fiction! (After all, reading IS exercise for the brain!) If you are still looking to get that summer reading in, you still have time. Here's a few books I'd recommend:
Little Bee: A Novel
We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn't. And it's what happens afterward that is most important. Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds. (Description from Amazon).
Gold by Chris Cleave
IT’S THE ULTIMATE TEST OF A MOTHER’S LOVE . . .
IF your dreams pull you in one direction and your heart in another, which should you follow? This is the question that haunts Kate Meadows, a world champion athlete whose eight-year-old daughter Sophie is battling a recurrence of childhood leukemia just as Kate is about to compete for her last chance at an Olympic gold medal. For years, Kate has sacrificed everything for her family and watched her best friend and closest rival, Zoe Castle, conquer the world stage. Kate has never won gold and will have to go through Zoe—who has everything to lose—to get it. Now her child is facing a life-threatening illness, and the stakes are higher than ever. How can she do what is right for her daughter without abandoning all of her dreams? (Description from Amazon)
Shaken and Stirred (Second Edition) by Crystal Black-Davis
Joyland (Hard Case Crime)
Every woman has that “aha” moment when things suddenly make sense. All of the ex-boyfriends, old jobs, former friends and anemic bank accounts. Those old “WTH” occurrences helped you to become the woman you are today. You tried so hard to disguise it, but even though the world saw you as this fierce, fly, fearless female who seemingly had it all together, beyond the façade you were about to fall apart.
Meet Christian Cullen.
She’s a woman of many labels: entrepreneur, volunteer, daughter, sister, soror, friend and occasionally, significant other. She doesn't know it, but she’s due for a breakthrough…and you get to be there when it happens. If you’re in it for the long haul, maybe you can share in that breakthrough.
So what is it that you need to do?
Read her journal. Yes, you heard correctly, read her journal. It’s alright, you’re not eavesdropping...okay you kinda are but you’re forgiven. This is honestly the best way to get to know her and to see who she really is. It’s okay to laugh, life is a comedy of errors and God definitely has a sense of humor. Just try not to judge, she’s only human. A woman in her thirties who’s still coming of age, discovering her purpose, accepting her flaws and learning to simply let go and let God. (Description from author's website)
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. (Description from Amazon)
Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought!
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