This summer I’ve been reading more than ever before. I don’t know if it’s the nice deck, the weather or that I’ve been lucky to have only read books I’ve really enjoyed.
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult: My favorite Jodi Picoult book ever. Nineteen Minutes recounts a deadly high school shooting rampage, its causes, and its aftermath. Through flashbacks, we witness the deepening alienation of teen killer Peter Houghton, the constant bullying that drove him to do what he did and the trials of high school. This book was addictive. It was long, but worth it and made me count down the minutes until bedtime so I could read more. Jodi Picoult is so great at understanding and explaining teenage emotions and telling all sides of a story (and there is always a twist!). LOVED this book. 5 out of 5 stars.
You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon: I tried to read this book while Q was deployed, but couldn’t find myself able to deal with it emotionally. I finally got into at the beginning of summer and loved and related to it more than I thought I would and could. It’s a book of short stories based around the army base at Fort Hood, Texas where soldiers are sent to war and their families are left to cope once they leave. The stories are emotional, powerful and resonated deeply with me as I think they would with anyone, not only someone dealing with deployment. The only problem I had with the book was that it ended. 5 out of 5 stars.
The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg: This book skewed towards an older audience since it is based around a fortieth high school reunion. I personally loved the stories of former jocks, nerds and beauty queens and my mom who read the book also really enjoyed it also. The book made me laugh out loud hearing the characters insecurities 40 years after graduating. Although a little predictable, the book was a quick, easy and fun read. 4 out of 5 stars.
So now for the giveaway. I need your help picking out some more great summer reads for me! In return for your suggestions, I am giving away a brand new bottle of Chanel Number 5 perfume. All you need to do is leave me a comment below telling me a book you LOVE and think I should read! I’ll pick a random winner at midnight PST on Tuesday, July 24th and will ship it out to you! Thanks for the help!