Fun Books to Read this Summer
What to read now that you have the time?
When summer comes, I look forward to all of the books that I will have time to read! The school year gets busy with hauling the kids here and there, but summer brings lazy days where we sit around the house when it is too hot to go outside and read.
All of us LOVE to read (well, except my husband, but I am working on it!!). At least the kids and I do. We can sit around for hours with our noses in a book. Even the little ones that do not know how to read look through book after book after book.
Below are some of the books that I have read lately. They have all been good in their own right - all for different reasons. Some were easy reads, some required my brain cells to come back, and some were just read because everyone else was reading them.
Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
Come Home starts off pretty slow. It was a little annoying at first. It took me a while to get into it - I was not sure I was going to finish it. Whining by the characters, many decisions that were made that you feel are wrong by some of the characters, and some silly pride that gets in the way all make you want to hurl the book through the window. But, the last third of the book has you glued to your seats. It finishes up pretty quickly at the end and you are excited the whole way. There are a few surprises along the way as well - some you can see coming, and some that throw you for a loop.
In the end, it is a good read. There are mother/daughter, parent/child, lover/lover issues that have you wondering if your marriage/relationship is all it is cracked up to be. It can give you something to think about long after you finish the story.
The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
The Last Boyfriend is part two of a trilogy, which Nora Roberts does a lot. The Next Always was the first part.
These two books are easy beach reads. There is no major mystery to solve, not big event that winds its way throughout the whole book. Just some clean, fun romance to get lost in on a long car ride, a long wait at the airport, or some quiet time at the beach. There is even a ghost to liven things up - but not scary. Almost a lovely character you wish would come and hang out at your house.
If you can, read the first one before starting on The Last Boyfriend. It helps, but is not necessary to this story.
The Bourne Imperative by Eric Van Lustbader
If you are looking for a more stimulating read that requires some of your brian cells to come to life again, this is the book for you. Eric Van Lustbader continues the Jason Bourne legacy started by Robert Ludlum. I think this is the 6th installment after Ludlum's series ended when the author died.
As with all of the Bourne novels, there are a lot of characters to keep track of as well as several plots running throughout the book all at the same time. It is a little easier to read than some of the previous installments, but still requires some thought and brain power.
It is a good read if you like mystery and espionage. As with all of his books, there is a lot of build-up and a quick ending, which does not resolve everything. It will leave you hanging, but that just makes you look forward to the next book.
11th Hour by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
This series is fun because it is about strong women who do their jobs well and show the world that they can work and play and be good at both. I like how their lives are all intertwined together and they all help each other out.
James Patterson's books are a quick read with short chapters (great when the kids are interrupting constantly and you ask them to wait until you finish a chapter). I do not find these books very mentally challenging, because they weave everything together as you read, but they do usually have a pretty good plot and the characters are very well written.
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
This book was the rage in the neighborhood, so I picked it up, not really knowing what it was about. Wow! Was I enlightened.
DO NOT READ THIS WITH THE KIDS NEAR. This book is one to read alone in a dark room with a bottle of wine (or three).
If you can get past all of the sensuality in the book, there is a beautiful love story about a wounded soul and someone struggling to find her place in the world. It ends well, in my opinion, and does not rush through. It is part of a trilogy, so if you can stand it, there are two more to continue the story.