Summer Reads!

Aaahhh. . . summer!! I love having TIME to sit & read!! (Although I'm more exhausted since I've been up late every night reading! Lol!) Linking up with Molly over at Lucky to Be in First for a book recommendation linky party!! Whoo hoo! My favorite kind!

Although I have TONS more titles, I've been accused of thinking about school too much. . .  (okay, I admit I have stacks of professional reading for this summer, too!!) so I've stuck with just pleasure reading titles for my recommendations! The five titles below are MUST READS!! I couldn't put them down! (hence, why I'm so tired. . .)
Forgive my lack of originality in describing each book, but the blurbs below are from Amazon :) They do a much better job of summarizing!

 I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. TWhat the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
At the Water’s Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
An historical fiction novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan Philip Sender
A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime
I'll let you know what these books are about after I'm done reading!! :)

 Gotta love Kindle!! (Did you know you can check out books from your library to load onto your Kindle?!) What's on your summer list? Please share your recommendations!! Happy reading!


  1. Me Before You....AMAZING! Put that at the top of your list!!! Love all of your suggestions too - I love each synopsis you've shared!!

    ☘ Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

    1. I keep hearing that about Me Before You!! Thank Amazon for the synopsis :) thanks for the great linky, Molly!

  2. The Orphan Train was amazing. I plan to read it agin this summer.