5 Great Books to Read This Summer + Free Printable Coloring Page Bookmarks
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Whether you’re hitting the beach, the pool or just lounging out back with a cold drink, here’s 5 great books I would recommend you pick up at some point this summer (consider these ‘oldies but goodies’):
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
This novel by Gillian Flynn (who wrote the addictive ‘Gone Girl’ novel) tells the story of Libby Day, who was just 7 years old when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. This was a definite page turner for me. I finished this book in 3 days if that tells you anything.
2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
I promise Gillian Flynn isn’t paying me to promote her books – I just LOVE her writing so much. This was another great novel I couldn’t put down.
Synopsis – Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
3. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
I read this book years ago and recently picked it up again after I rediscovered it on my bookshelf when I was packing during the move. I remembered I really enjoyed it when I first read it but years later, I can see why and will continue to recommend this great read to anyone who will listen (besides, it was on the Oprah Book Club, so you KNOW it must be good!)
Synopsis – In this extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites us to hitch a wild ride on a journey of love, pain, and renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years.
Meet Dolores Price. She’s 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Stranded in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally orbits into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she’s determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before she really goes under.
4. Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts
This was another one of those books I read years ago that recently came back into my life. You may remember the movie version a few years back starring Natalie Portman (I actually never saw it so maybe that will have to be added to my ‘Movies To Watch’ List).
Synopsis – Talk about unlucky sevens. An hour ago, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just $7.77 in change. But Novalee is about to discover hidden treasures in this small Southwest town–a group of down-to-earth, deeply caring people willing to help a homeless, jobless girl living secretly in a Wal-Mart. From Bible-thumping blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee more than she loves herself, they are about to take her–and you, too–on a moving, funny, and unforgettable journey to . . . Where the Heart Is.
5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
FINALLY! A more recent novel, right? I read this one as part of the book club from my previous job’s team. It was such a good read – really entertaining and a cute story.
Synopsis – A first-date dud, socially awkward and overly fond of quick-dry clothes, genetics professor Don Tillman has given up on love, until a chance encounter gives him an idea. He will design a questionnaire—a sixteen-page, scientifically researched questionnaire—to uncover the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver. Rosie is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent, strangely beguiling, and looking for her biological father a search that a DNA expert might just be able to help her with. The Rosie Project is a romantic comedy like no other. It is arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, and it will make you want to drink cocktails.
Note: If you love this book, there is a second novel available – The Rosie Effect
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What are your top 5 reads for the Summer? Let me know in the comments below! They can be new or old – just as long as they’re something you think is worth picking up!