JollyBuzz's Annual Summer Reading List

Just in time for summer, I have all of my 2013 Summer Reading recommendations. This was a very popular post last year, so I'm hoping my fans enjoy what's in store for this year. So let's get started. Here is my list in no particular order: 

1. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler: Based on true facts about the lives of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, takes the reader through 20 years in the lives of this fascinating couple. Fowler heavily researched their lives to add an air of authenticity to the novel. And once you read about them, you will find that few imaginary couples could ever have lived quite like the Fitzgeralds. Hot on the heels of a resurgence of all things '20's, this book is sure to be a hit. 

2. Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six by Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco: On October 25, 2011, Jessica Buchanan, a Humanitarian Aid worker in Somalia, and one of her colleagues were kidnapped by gangsters and held for ransom. For 93 days, she endured a starvation diet and filthy conditions while her husband and the United States unsuccessfully negotiated for her release. Finally, under cover of darkness and in complete silence, Navy SEAL Team Six swept into her camp, killed all of her captors and rescued Jessica and her colleague. The book takes you through her terrifying ordeal and will surely make you cheer when the SEAL's surround her and form a human shield to keep her safe until the helicopters can safely land. If you want a book to keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the one for you.

3. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal     by Mary Roach: I love Mary Roach's books. She writes about science and teaches you things you never knew- without you realizing it. Much like Stiff and Packing For Mars , Roach takes you down the alimentary canal, with all of its inherent grossness, while making the trip enjoyable. You will find out things like how much you can eat before your stomach bursts and will you die from constipation, why do mother's kiss their children's boo boo's, and what types of  objects can you conceal inside your alimentary canal. This is one book you'll want to read aloud from to your family while hanging out at the beach- just don't do it at meal time!!

4. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight: Kate, a single mother, is called to her daughter, Amelia's, private school due to accusations of cheating. But when she arrives, it's too late. Her lovely daughter is dead, having jumped out of her window in her dorm. But things aren't always as they appear, as Kate realizes when she receives an anonymous text message saying Amelia didn't jump. As Kate begins to put together the last days of her daughter's life, she realizes just how many secrets Amelia had. I always like to include a good mystery to my list, and this one definitely fits the bill. What really happened to Amelia? You'll just have to read and find out!

Thanks for stopping by and getting the buzz on my summer reading list. Just to make it simple for you, I've created a widget with all of the books. Simply click on the title and you're on your way!