Five Books For Summer {2014}

June 10, 2014

three books for spring 2014


You know when you read a book and then you need EVERYONE ELSE TO READ IT.

That happened last month when I read the recently published We Were Liars after a friend said it was the first book she cried over since The Fault In Our Stars.

I read it in a few hours, devouring its honesty and sharp coming-of-age-ness with a lot of shushing and MOMMY. IS. READING.

I can’t say much about it without taking away from your experience, but I will say that I tossed and turned all night. It is jolting.

It is also the first book I’ve read in awhile. I wish I was the kind of person who read a little each day, but I’m not. I never have been. I treat books like I treat life; in binges and purges. Instead of reading for 20 minutes each day, I will go weeks without reading until I find a book I want to read, stop everything, and inhale it in one, fervid experience.

It is my way.

Five books to read this Summer below, including one I finished yesterday in one big bite.

Happy reading. Happy summer.

1) What Alice Forgot.

what alice forgot

If You Like: Quality rom-coms, Belong To Me

My Review: Well paced, thought provoking, a truly interesting read on marriage and the subtle changes we experience in our relationships.

Their Review: “An often funny, sometimes heartrending, deeply personal portrait of a woman attempting to unravel her own mystery.” –Booklist


2) Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

If You Like: Beach reads with fun and suspense.

My Review: I laughed out loud. A quirky and fun read.

Their Review: “Warm, dark, sad, funny-and a little bit screwball…. This is an inventive and very funny novel that gets bonus points for transcending form.” –Susan Coll, The Washington Post


3) We Were Liars.

we were liars

If You Like: The Fault In Our Stars, Gone Girl, quality young adult fiction

My Review: Quick, feeling, chilling.

Their Review: “Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” – John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

10 Bucks (for the Hardback!)


4) Birds Of America.

birds of america

If You Like: Margaret AtwoodAnne Tyler, independent films that go nowhere

My Review: Poetic and terrifying truths in the form of short stories that read like a sad indie movie.

Their Review: “Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial…. Stand[s] by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability.” —The New York Times Book Review 


5) Wild.

wild by cheryl strayed

If You Like: The Rules Of Inheritance, The Glass Castle

My Review: Sweet, visceral, painfully real.

Their Review: “Best Book of the Year.” -NPR, The Boston GlobeEntertainment Weekly, Vogue, St. Louis Dispatch


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17 thoughts on “Five Books For Summer {2014}

  1. Katie (@derstk)

    This is very gratifying, because sometimes there’s also the terrible feeling of recommending a book that you NEED EVERYONE ELSE TO READ and then worrying that nobody else will love it.

  2. Dara

    I read the same way. It’s been awhile and I think it is time for another book binge :) I have We Were Liars on my TBR list.

  3. Bridget

    Wild is amazing- I lost my mom in 2007 and when I read it a few months ago it helped me so much. It was like she knew exactly what I was feeling. Love love love.

  4. beccagarber

    I just went on a craaaaazy book binge with four books this week that I could NOT put down. It was delicious! They were: “What Alice Forgot” and “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty and “The Secret Keeper” and “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton. (Yes, kinda went on an author binge too.) LOVED the first and third especially.

    Thanks for these recommendations! I’ve only read the third one and would love to read the other two!

  5. heather t.

    “I treat books like I treat life; in binges and purges.” AMEN – you just read my mind. I binged on three books last week, and have yet to pick one up this week. Thanks for the recs — I am definitely going to check these out!

  6. WhitMc

    I bought We Were Liars just before boarding a flight from Chicago to San Francisco and finished it by the time I got home. SO GOOD, wow. Thank you.

  7. Jenny @ Creatively Blooming

    I added We Were Liars to my mile long Goodreads list. I’ve been working on The Husband’s Secret since before baby #3 was born, and she’s now 4 1/2 months old! It’s a good book, but I can’t stay awake to read at night anymore. Maybe I can go on a binge this weekend!

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