Great Summer Reads!

This time of year, everyone is gearing up for summer vacations. And if you're like me, you carefully choose a book to bring along to the beach or pool. My first recommendation would be John Irving's In One Person (see my previous post on this book).

My next recommendation is Jillian Medoff's I Couldn't Love You More. The story is about Eliot, a mother and stepmother, living a busy life in the suburbs of Atlanta. She has built a loving family with her partner (they have chosen not to marry), his two daughters, and one daughter of their own. Her life is complicated by the presence of her two sisters, one who has a lot of issues and the other one a younger woman trying to be seen as an adult. Her whole life culminates with the return of an old love and a fateful decision that will change all of their lives forever. What would you do if you had to choose one of your children? A must-read for anyone, particularly parents.

The third book is Gone by Cathi Hanauer. The story finds Eve waking up to discover that her husband never returned from driving the babysitter home. After 14 years of marriage, she finds herself with two children, bills, a life and no idea why this has happened. Her husband, Eric, finds himself living with his mother after walking out on his life. This looks like a great summer read. Check it out.

My next recommendation is Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead. This satirical novel takes us inside the weekend wedding of a wealthy New England family. The bride is seven months pregnant and her father seems more concerned with his snub from a country club and the attentions of a bridesmaid than with the impending nuptials. It has been compared to Meet The Fockers but in a favorable way. This should make for a fun beach read.

And now for a thriller that is difficult to put down. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is about a couple on the cusp of their fifth wedding anniversary when the beautiful wife suddenly disappears. As is the case in real life, suspicions turn to the husband, Nick, who doesn't do himself any favors by lying and being evasive with the authorities. But did he have anything to do with the disappearance? A search turns up the missing wife's diary with plenty of juicy details that point the finger in any number of directions. Where is she and what happened to her? You'll have to read to find out.

And finally, Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. Many of you may know her as The Bloggess (read my post about recommended blogs) and this is her "mostly true" memoir. Just like her blog, the book is funny, candid, and raw. She details her childhood in Texas with a father that more than dabbled in taxidermy, and her battles with anxiety and depression. You'll want to be her  BFF after getting to know her in this funny book!

I hope you've enjoyed my summer reading book list. Remember, you've just been buzzed! Don't forget to tell your friends and follow me on twitter @jollybuzz.

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