What I Read This Summer

This summer went by in a flash, and I feel like I only really got a few books in! With travels every couple of weeks, there wasn’t much lounge around chill time. I’m usually driving on road trips, so there’s not any time there either.

The books I did get in though were fabulous. I rarely read a book I don’t enjoy. Typically I stick with the same fifteen or so authors that I know never disappoint. But occasionally I’ll find a new one here and there that I add to my read list. Without further adieu, let’s get to it!

1. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

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I loved this book! Had a twist that was quite a surprise! And a good one at that. It’s about a girl who shows up to stay with her half brother and finds him missing, even though she’d just had a voicemail from him hours earlier. She basically turns into a detective trying to hunt him down and goes down some creepy dark paths.

2. The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell.

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Lisa Jewell is always amazing. I didn’t realize this book was a sequel to The Family Upstairs when I bought it, but it let on right away. I was so excited because I loved The Family Upstairs. You’ll need to read that before this one as this one would be hard to fully understand otherwise! In this story, it’s fast forward in time and they’re trying to hunt down one of the boys that had been in the house with them from the first book. Full of twists you don’t see coming! Plus brings in a couple new characters that end up playing a big role. If you liked The Family Upstairs, you need this one.

3. The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth.

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I discovered Sally Hepworth when I read The Good Sister. That book was SO good. So I was thrilled when this one came out! Another good one! An older mom gets dementia, her husband decides to divorce and plans to marry a younger wife who is roughly the age of this two daughters. They’re not impressed. The younger wife to be goes to visit her father in prison and he tells her the one way to surely know whether a man will be abusive, is to provoke him. And that’s all I’m saying! It’s a must read.

4. The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan.

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Good chance these are all going to be 5/5! This was such a good summer of reads. Another amazing book by Gilly Macmillan. Three sister in laws are going to stay in a barn cabin for the weekend and their husbands all said they’d be up the following day instead. They arrive to a note saying one of their husbands will be dead. It had my brain working constantly throughout!

5. The It Girl by Ruth Ware

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I don’t think Ruth Ware could write a bad book. Ever. She’s the queen of thrillers. This book has a character who found her best friend dead years earlier. She was the one who named the culprit and put him behind bars. He passes away in prison and someone decides to reinvestigate the case. The main character doesn’t agree at first and then realizes they may be onto something. The hunt is on for the real killer. Loooved this book! P.S. the twist was super good, but I will admit I had it figured out pretty early. If you read it and do as well, let me know! It was super fun to figure out! I felt like such a detective. 😂

6. Overkill by Sandra Brown

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This book by Sandra Brown wasn’t so much a twisty one, just slightly. But it was quite the page turner. Lots of action, as is par with her novels. Follow a man who’s ex wife is in a coma and he has the say on pulling the plug, and a lawyer who’s determined to put the man who did it behind bars for much longer, as they embark on a journey to basically pull the plug. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

7. Verity by Colleen Hoover

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This was the second book I’d read of Colleen Hoovers. And honestly, it was a really hard book to read. Like it’s disturbing. The twist was insane, but the story was just.. I don’t know. I had to skip over many many parts. If you have read it or plan to, you’ll see what I mean. Basically a woman is paralyzed in her bed in her house, the main character goes to live there. She has to finish this lady’s books. So she starts hunting through her office and finds a journal with some horrific details. Overall the vibe is creepy but good but terrible.

8. It Ends With Us By Colleen Hoover.

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First book I read of Colleen Hoover and it was amazing. This book hooked me in and I read it in a straight sitting. All evening and half of the night! Not so much a twist, sort of. But the story is resonating. The reviews everywhere of this book are phenomenal and I believe it’s because it hits close to home for more people than I’d care to believe. Not necessarily to the level of this story. But close. A woman falls in love with a man. Can’t get enough of eachother. But things turn a bit negative. It will definitely pull at your heart and bring tears, if not to your eyes, streaming down your cheeks. I don’t want to give any away, but it’s a must read. The sequel comes out October 18th and I just preordered it today! Cannot wait.

9. Meant to Be by Emily Giffin

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I love Emily giffin and I loved this book! It follows the story of a boy who loses his dad when he’s just a child and a girl who also does. But she’s given an abusive stepfather who her mother believed would give them a new life. It’s heartbreaking, but the main character pulls through. She meets the boy when they’re older and it’s just the cutest. This was a good story on having courage to keep on, opening up and sharing yourself with someone, and a love that is meant.

I hope you guys got some new ideas for books! Let me know how you like them!

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