Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Reading

I've finished my first book of the summer (I know I know..I should have a ton more finished by now) and I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my next. Just to start of, my reading style is a little darker than most. For some reason I love a good scary, mystery or cry-worthy book. Don't ask- I just do. Something about tear-drops on pages and pure emotion makes me not want to put it down. For example, my absolute favorite book was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. His two books that came afterwards were just as great but nothing has beat the raw emotion and writing style that Khaled delivers in his first book. I also enjoy the occasional Jodi Picoult (that should tell ya right there...)

The book I just finished was good in the sense that I didn't want to put it down so I could see what happened next....but it wasn't as 'scary' as I had anticipated from the reviews. If you've seen the movie The Conjuring' then you will have a vague storyline idea of this book. (But don't get me started on The Conjuring- hands down the best written and directed horror film I've seen in years! Whew!)

Help for the Haunted by John Searles

“I was completely consumed by Help for the Haunted; I read it in one sitting. I just can’t decide what I loved the most: its perfectly pitched teenage narrator; the ghost story that kept me riveted; the thriller that made me say, Oh, just one more chapter.” (Jodi Picoult, New York Times-bestselling)

“Wonderful...A coming of age tale that is poignant and touching...and will scare the living hell out of you. I loved every page of this novel: I loved the sisters and the story and the page-turning mystery. I just may never go downstairs into my basement again.” (Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author)



Next up on the list? The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle should be arriving in my mailbox today. If anyone has read this one let me know what you thought! Also, now that you know my reading style, if ya'll have any recommendations let me know!


“Thanks to the author’s exceptionally fluent narrative skill, [this] novel... becomes utterly compelling.... [A] heartbreaking story.” (Kirkus Reviews)

A young widow raising two boys, Sarah Laden is struggling to keep her family together. But when a shocking revelation rips apart the family of her closest friend, Sarah finds herself welcoming yet another troubled young boy into her already tumultuous life.
Jordan, a quiet, reclusive elementary school classmate of Sarah's son Danny, has survived a terrible ordeal. By agreeing to become Jordan's foster mother, Sarah will be forced to question the things she has long believed. And as the delicate threads that bind their family begin to unravel, all the Ladens will have to face difficult truths about themselves and one another—and discover the power of love necessary to forgive and to heal.

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Also, with football season a little over a month away (can you believe it?) I found a cute little gem to add to my collection and brush up on my play calling! This one has diagrams and even interactive worksheets and quizzes! It can never hurt to brush up! (Come on and make me proud this year Skins!)

 

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16 comments:

  1. Oh keeping these in mind for sure and that football one - LOVE!!

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  2. I read the Kindness of Strangers a few years ago and it is so good! I've never heard of Help for the Haunted but now I kind of want to read it!

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  3. Haven't read either but I love a good book recommendation!

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  4. I haven't read either of those! Going to have to put those on my list! xo

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  5. The Kite Runner was such a great book...but it was hard for me to read with all the pain and emotion it detailed. I can't really say I have a reading style bc I am terrible about reading books, but I tend to like stories that make me think a little bit but are still entertaining. But then again, the last book I read was Chelsea Handler's...so maybe I don't like anything that requires thought! Haha!

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  6. If you want a good book that will make you cry read "The House of Sand and Fog" soooo good. Movie is goodt oo, but as always book is better!

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  7. Thanks for sharing these! I have been slacking on reading this summer too - unless you count blogs :)

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  8. I've never heard of any of these but as much as I love a good easy beach read, I do love a good mystery too!! I've been envious of all the bloggers that have been reading up a storm this summer because I haven't even picked up the first book! I need to get on it!

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  9. Don't worry, I've yet to even pick up a book this summer! SO bad! Jodi Picoult is my favorite author -- I could read My Sister's Keeper a million times over!

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  10. I love the same sort of books too. Why don't you join our book club and add a couple more books to your summer reading list? ;)

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  11. Thanks for sharing! I always want to get a new book but I never know what to get so seeing other suggestions is a huge help! That Ladies Guide to Football sounds pretty fun for football season!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  12. I loved The Conjuring as well. Scaried me to death but only the best do! I want to check out Help for the Haunted now. It sounds similar to The Conjuring so I know I'll love it!

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  13. You make the best housewife ever with your last recommendation!

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  14. I'm right there with you on loving books that invoke a good cry!
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  15. Oh girl I could not do the scary books! I'd have nightmares! I'm reading Gone Girl now and I'm enjoying it...though I keep thinking about going missing :-p I've been wanting to read some Jodi Picoult though!

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  16. I love to read too and try to make it through 2 books a month! I get to pick the next book for my book club & I just can't decide.... Some recent books I've loved have been The Kitchen House & The Night Circus!

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