Summer 2017: Books to Read

So much can happen by the middle of the year. Some of us are nursing our broken hearts from Valentines day past.Some  are holding on tightly to long distance relationships as the summer separates us with mini vacations, Summer jobs,Camps and so much more.The summer heat can be frustrating but the bustle of energy, the sound of the ocean waves and the echo of laughter in the air can be a refreshing atmosphere for a broken heart or just as painful memory.

There is one guaranteed method however, a remedy that we have been using even without realising it. Between the pages of books we find worlds and people that we would never have imagined to meet. We are transported to any place in the world and our hearts are healed through daring adventures and sweet romances. There’s no other place to be than buried in a book to give your heart the much-needed time that it needs to heal. Here are a few of my absolute favourites that I believe can work for just about anyone, young , old, boy or girl.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne  – The Hating Gamebrings the sizzle of summer into the work place. These rivals compete for the same promotion never missing an opportunity to sneak in passive-aggressive word battles toward each other. Their petty war is simply hilarious and as the temperature rises Lucy and Joshua are faced with undeniable feelings that they can’t seem to shake off.

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AttachmentsAttachments by Rainbow Rowell is also set in the work place environment.Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner are the absolute best friends you need right now. These women continue to share their personal emails at work ignoring the fact that they might be monitored by the new internet security in the building. Lincoln O’Neil has just been hired to monitor emails and he can’t believe these women’s complete dismissal of office rules.Before he realizes, he is drawn into their comical conversations and even more crazy… he find himself falling in love with Beth!

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman is definitely not a hot summer romance, but not all of us like to be reminded of these first cute and sparkly moments we once shared. Instead, I introduce you to Ove, the seemingly grumpy old man next door who you can’t help but avert your eyes when he approaches. Ove is a man of principle and strict routines and so he is greatly annoyed when the new neighbors arrive filled with horrible parking and life. As you get to know Ove you will realise that beneath his layers is a man fully aware and knowledgable of life and loss. This book shows importance of being surrounded by family and loved ones in tackling pain that might be 10 years deep.

Here is more of what I thought of A Man Called Ove!

If you’re the type of person who re-watches Under the Tuscan Sun then you definitely need these two books below. WARNING: Keep your suitcase, your passport and that tempting, teasing savings book, very far away from you.

Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. If the cute cover hasn’t convinced you already then allow me to try. Lina is not so thrilled to be under the Tuscan sun as many of us would most likely be. Who would want to spend time away from the friends for a no-show dad anyway? When she is given her mother’s journal, Lina is suddenly ignited with purpose and anticipation in uncovering all the juicy secrets of her parents and even…herself.

Here is more of what I thought on this juicy read, Love&Gelato!

 

One Night in ItalyOne Night in Italy by Lucy Diamond (because every great chick needs a great chick-lit). This book introduces you to three different women Anna,Sophie and Catherine who are united by an Italian cooking class. As they deal with the different issues in their lives, they find support in each other and solace in the enticing world of Italian cuisine and of course, gelato.

 

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Book Thoughts: Flame in the Mist

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes, it was wonderful just as I knew it would be! I could smell the earth from the forest and feel the cool air every time I turned a page. I was pleasantly surprised at the twists this book took and I could not believe the giant question mark this book ended with. I enjoyed the character development although some things were left unknown which I hope to find in the second book. I fell in love with more people than one. However, I couldn’t help but feel like the main character was overly praised. She seemed to always rattle someone in more ways than one.

Yes, she was a very good and strong character but I felt that if she was in front of me I would first think that she was all talk. I was always waiting for her to back up all the bravado. In the end she did prove to be useful. I anticipate what choices she will make in the future.

The writing style Is beautiful as usual for this author. Poetic and well paced. I enjoyed being transported with the characters in their world and seeing what they saw.

*Fan girl moment*

From the moment I met Shazi and Khalid in the Wrath and the Dawn I had no hesitation coming into this book. OH HOW I MISS THEM. But trust me ladies the love interest in  Flame and the Mist is just as Mysterious and sizzling! Let your imagination go wild darlings! It was a wonderful journey that I would definitely recommend and hope that you all experience it too.

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Book Thoughts: Heartless

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot remember another ending that has traumatized me so. I loved reading this book so much that I am quite glad that it is a stand alone. I could not possibly have taken any more of that ending. Even my review feels at a loss for words. The worst part is that you  dread the ending from the very beginning.

Jest may be my new favorite book boyfriend.OMG he was just…so ..pure. Although I really cannot give away the number one spot which now holds Wolf from Marissa Meyer’s Scarlet from the lunar chronicles.so I will just have Jest sit here on number Two.I could not stand Catherine sometimes because I feel like if she had just decided earlier .I know it was a tough situation but goodness.

Marissa Meyer however is now hands down my new favorite author next to Rainbow Rowell. I’ve been trying to note the authors so that I can begin to see my type of book pleasure. I used to devour books without even knowing who wrote them.That has got to stop!

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Book thoughts: A Man Called Ove

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an amazingly,practically perfect book in my opinion. I am so impressed. I wish I had this book for myself . I was completely lost into their world and loving the characters. I loved the sincerity of Ove and how his mind worked.The fact that good was always good and there was no excuses for wrong. He was like a secret, all of our secret. we know how awesome he is but no one else does except for the people who grows to love and know him. I loved this book and goodness the ending was well crafted and so not forced. IT just seemed like a natural ending to a good story. I didn’t feel like it should change, it just felt right.

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Book Thoughts:Love&Gelato

Love & GelatoLove & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love&Gelato was everything it was suppose to be. The perfect contemporary, the perfect choice for a binge read till eye exhaustion. The perfect medication if you ever had to restart after a not so perfect experience. Any book set in Italy means put your feet up and relax. I enjoyed this book for helping me relax and giving me a free trip to Italy. who doesn’t want that? Ren was the perfect Italian on his scooter and the descriptions of food had me begging my kitchen ,pleading with it to produce anything good.

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CRAVING ICE-CREAM NOW!

Book Thoughts:Post Reading Slumps

You know that time after you have read a book where you can’t seem to readily read another? I just finished the Winner’s series and for some reason I haven’t been able to pick up the next book on my reading list The Raven King. I KNOW it will be an awesome read but it’s so weird. Am I not in the right mood? Am I not completely out of the zone of the previous series? It is not a complete book slump is it? I want to read and I have a book I have highly anticipated right at my finger tips but something has me in a slump and the source is unknown. I wonder if it because of the complete difference between the two series. It’s like jumping into completely different world’s Not to mention o me The Raven cycle is heavily concentrated right now with so many events and activities that these guys have to untie to get to their ending. It makes me think maybe this book is too heavy for me to get into, maybe I will feel better if I read something lighter , a cheesy read even( sometimes cheese is what I need you know?)

It’s always an odd feeling to be in a reading slump especially when you know you love to read. It could also be that I need to be in the here and now. With work and my (rather slow)attempt at Camp NaNoWrimo it feels like I can’t afford to disappear into a book as obsessively as I would want to normally. It’s like am anchored in reality and I can’t leave it just yet.