Summer Booklist—2019: Nonfiction Edition

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Heya, Book cult!

As promised, here’s the Nonfiction booklist to go along with the Summer Booklist: YA Edition & Summer Booklist: Fiction Edition! Summertime is the perfect time to travel through great books.

Here are my top 10 choices for some great nonfiction reading. I came across these while perusing the bookstore and Goodreads!

 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Author: Heather Morris
Scarlet Reader

Amazon

The tale of Lale Sokolov, a Jew, and how it was discovered that he could speak many languages and was thus tasked with permanently tattooing Jews that came into Auschwitz and how he also met the trembling Gita, a woman that he comforted, who stood in line. In that moment, he vowed to not only survive the camp but marry her once this war was over.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Author: Mark Manson
Scarlet Reader

Barnes & Noble

Described as an honest look at the truth about life-that it sucks sometimes, and you just have to say it sucks. There are only so many f*cks that can be given.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank
Scarlet Reader

Goodreads

Considered a beautifully tragic classic follow the diary of a young girl and how she, her family, and another family hid from Nazis during WWII.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Orange is the New Black
Author: Piper Kerman
Scarlet Reader

Goodreads

The final season of the hit Netflix show is coming soon. Take a chance to read about Piper Kerman’s time in prison because she’d delivered a suitcase filled with drugs and was caught. Honest and eye-opening.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
Author: Vincent Bugliosi
Scarlet Reader

Amazon

Get a unique inside perspective from the prosecuting attorney himself of one of the most horrifying murders-the Tate-LaBianca murder, carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
Author: Jen Campbell
Scarlet Reader

Amazon

Inspired by a tweet comes a book of some of the strangest and funniest things customers have asked or said in bookstores across the globe, like “Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?”

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Era of Ignition: coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution
Author: Amber Tamblyn
Scarlet Reader

Amazon

Personal essays, anecdotes, and opinions from the point of view of well-known actress and feminist, Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Joan of Arcadia). She comes to the front lines to tackle the struggles of womanhood such as sexual assault, reproductive rights, pay parity, and many more.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Girl, Wash Your Face
Author: Rachel Hollis
Scarlet Reader

Amazon

Inspiring women to stop living lies they thought they had to, Rachel Hollis shares her own and how she broke the barriers and gives advice on how to help women break theirs and help them move forward into their most freeing and happy lives.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks
Author: Stephen Davis
Scarlet Reader

Barnes & Noble

A rock-n-roll legend both with Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist, at 69, Stevie Nicks is one of the most iconic and glamorous women that rock has known. GEt an inside look on how she, Fleetwood Mac, and her music rose to the top and how her life had and effect.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Scarlet Reader

Amazon

Fun for those science brains, Tyson compiles some amazing essays about the mysterious cosmos and the intriguing search of life in the universe and so much more. Well known for his accessibility and humor with his writing, Tyson doesn’t hide his excitement about our universe.

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And, maybe you’ve read a few of these or you’ve thought about it and forgot. Who knows, you could be adding some new books to your TBR list! I know I am. LOL. Happy reading!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Summer Booklist –2019: Fiction edition

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Hiya, my little book cult!

Like I promised, here’s the fiction list of summer reads! If you haven’t already, take a moment to peek at the Summer Booklist – 2019: YA Edition. If you’ve already gotten to a couple of these that’s awesome! How were they? Have a favorite? Is there one you’d recommend over others?

Creating a booklist is always fun and nifty because not only do I put these up for you, but for myself. I get the chance to put some new book on my ever-growing list. It feeds my inner book-addict and I’m totally okay with that.

Here’s the book list I’ve discovered, partially thanks to Goodreads and partially thanks to my ever-roaming eyeballs in the bookstore.

 

Elevation
Author: Stephen King
Scarlet Reader

Simon & Schuster

In the small town of Castel Rock, where a good majority of King’s stories take place, Scott discovers he’s losing weight and a few other strange things too. And sure, losing weight seems like a great thing, but when he notices that he weighs the same no matter how much he tries to put on. Other strange happenings occur that bring together unlikely alliances as well as bring out the best in those who have only ever indulged in the worst of themselves.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

California Girls
Author: Susan Mallery
Scarlet Reader

Amazon

That California sun is very beautiful after three sisters get dumped in the same week. In the style, only Susan Mallery can bring, Finola, Zennie, and Ali together and they’ll do one of the hardest things ever. Start over. Finola recovers from an affair that her husband was having that’s gone public. Zennie’s decided she doesn’t need anybody, but when she takes up being a surrogate for her best friends it turns out that being pregnant is a lot lonelier than she thought. For Ali, nothing’s hurt worse than her wedding being called off at the last second, but when Daniel keep showing up “for support” she begins to wonder if maybe it was good that the wedding was called off.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Providence
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Scarlet Reader

Penguin Random House

Growing up together, Jon and Chloe know each other in a way that only they understand, but they’ve never found the right words to come out with their true feelings. Then Jon disappears suddenly and just when Chloe feels like she can move on he returns. He’s not the same as he was and is struggling with both his identity and this uncontrollable power he now possesses. Rushing to protect Chloe, he discovers that he’s being tracked by a detective that’s fascinated and obsessed by a string of vigilante killing that seems to be connected him. Lines are blurred and feelings are explored between unrequited passion and complete obsession.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

When We Left Cuba
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Scarlet Reader

Goodreads

The Cuban Revolution took every from Beatriz Perez—her family, her people, country. On a mission of revenge, she’ll go undercover, infiltrating Fidel Castro’s inner circle. It’s all threatened when she’s caught up in a forbidden affair and she must make a choice between her past and future.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Stillhouse Lake
Author: Rachel Caine
Scarlet Reader

Amazon

Discovering your husband’s ultimate secret is that he’s a serial is bound to get you to make some serious life changes. Gwen Royal did just that becoming Gwen Proctor. With her ex now in prison, she starts her life over on Stillhouse Lake, still trying to get out of the spotlight of stalkers and internet trolls and just when she starts to get a sense of normalcy back and a body turns up in the lake and threatening letters begin to arrive. After everything, she’s gone through she’s learned how to fight and she’ll never stop. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her kids and herself.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
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At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle with be killed—again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. He must solve Evelyn’s murder to have any chance of saving her, but nothing and nobody is what they seem.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

Sea of Memories
Author: Fiona Valpy
Scarlet Reader

Goodreads

When Kendra visits her grandmother, Ella, who only has one request of her. Write down her story before she forgets. Her story of the summer in 1937 on the beautiful Ile de Re and when she met Christophe. When war breaks out she’s forced to return home to volunteer and she drifts away from who she was on Ile de Re with Christophe and wonders if she would ever find her way back.

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
Scarlet Reader

Barnes and Noble

A murder…or a tragic accident? Or is it just parent behaving badly. Whatever the case, someone is dead and Madeline, Celeste, and Jane at the center of it but how when they lead such different lives?

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

The Mister
Author: E. L. James
Scarlet Reader

Penguin Random House

Maxim has everything he’s ever wanted until he met Alessia. She’s a mystery luring him in. She’s musically gifted but harbors a past she doesn’t want anybody involved with. Maxim, dealing with the struggles of inheriting his family’s wealth and all of the responsibilities that come with it. On top of that, he’s determined to protect Alessia from whatever it is that’s threatening her. Both of them are hiding secrets, but what’ll happen when they all come out?

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The Unhoneymooners
Author: Christina Lauren
Scarlet Reader

Simon & Schuster

Olive is unlucky in her career, in love…in everything. Ami, her sister, is the luckiest person in the world. From how she met her fiancé to how she won an all-expense paid wedding, Olive can’t wait for the wedding to be over. The worst part of the wedding is that she’s forced to spend time with her sworn enemy and best man, Ethan. The two put their differences aside when the wedding party gets food poisoning and a free vacation in paradise is up for grabs. But when Olive unexpectedly runs into her future boss she plummets herself and Ethan into a crazy white lie and tells her boss she and Ethan are just married. It seems she’s unluckier than ever before…or is she, in fact, luckier than ever?

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There you have it! Ten fiction books to add to that summer reading list. There’s some romance, history, mystery, suspense, and drama. Keep a lookout for the nonfiction booklist coming soon!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Traveling Book Tag

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Heya, bookworms!

The book tag I want to do this month is a traveling one. Books take you to the best places! Also, summer is upon us. I know I’m just starting to get that nice weather. Summer means going places and getting that fun under the sun!

I also wanted to keep it short and sweet this month.

So, without further ado!

 

A book that takes place somewhere you’ve traveled to.

Love and Gelato

Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Love and Gelato

Pages Unbound

 This book took place in Italy. While I could’ve picked another place, Italy was by far my favorite place. From the food to the architecture to the language. It was amazing and left me breathless. My favorite spot was the Boboli Gardens. They’re so incredibly lush and it’s a place I can get lost in easily.

 

A book taking place you want to travel to.

Wicked (The whole trilogy actually.)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Scarlet Reader

 This trilogy takes place in New Orleans and it’s incredibly detailed of the city, making me yearn deeply to visit one day or possibly live there. L.A. is at the top of my list too, but this city has that magic feeling for me.

 

A book taking place in a fictional place you wish you could travel to.

There are so many places I’d go and that makes this one really hard, but off the top of my head, I would choose…

Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

 

Caraval

Goodreads

It would be wild and wicked and scary to get wrapped up in such a game. I’d probably lose, but I’d still want to experience this. The magic and risk is scary and would make my anxiety skyrocket, but I’m always up for an excuse to push myself a little. And this would definitely push me. While Caraval is more of an event than it is a place, I still want to go.

 

A fictional character you would pick to be your travel buddy.

Mad Sweeney of American Gods by the author, Neil Gaiman.

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He’s wild and crude and can have a good brawl. While I’m pretty sure he’d piss me off A LOT, I’d still find my adventure to be entertaining, which is good since I get bored easily. I also find his story to be chaotic and intriguing.

 

Every journey needs a playlist. Five bands on your playlist.
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Her Campus

CHVRCHES

Halsey

The Goo Goo Dolls

Kelly Clarkson

The Score

 

I’m not tagging anybody this time, but I am encouraging you to have a little fun and do this tag! It’s short, sweet, and fun! Where have you been? Where would you go?

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Comet Cometh and Taketh Away (Riverdale: The Day Before – A Book Review)

Riverdale: The Day Before (Riverdale #1)
Author: Micol Ostow
Published: 2018

On Goodreads

Scarlet Reader

Amazon

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt Half bolt

Rated S for secrets, the kind that ripples with grand cause and effect, leaving behind carnage in its wake. This is only the beginning.

 

We were separate but intertwined in ways we’d never see coming. Small, stupid butterflies, blindly flapping our wings. (p. 5)

Archie Andrews has been disappearing to who-knows-where, causing a growing distance between him and his best friend, Jughead. Jughead Jones is struggling after his mom leaves with his little sister, leaving him behind with his drunken father.

Betty Cooper is thriving at her internship at Hello, Giggles in LA. Her possible big break is an interview with the prestigious and royal Veronica Lodge, but it’ll take a lot of elbow grease to get a comment from the heiress. Veronica’s life couldn’t be more perfect, but perfection is fragile and life as she knows it is about to shatter.

 

This is a prequel novel based on the hit CW show, Riverdale. It’s a fun and quick read to feed your need for the core four: Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica. Before Jason Blossom’s body was found in Sweetwater River there was already turmoil brewing in Riverdale and outside of it. Secrets had gripped the town and these four tight in its fingers.

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Resetera

I enjoyed this more than I thought, but not to the extent that I’m losing my mind over it. It was quirky and read exactly as if I was watching a mini-series of the show. The tone was just dead on and I could visualize everything perfectly. I’ve also read Betty’s story in here in one of the short comics, but the comparison of the written versus the comic is intriguing. Nearly on the dot, but subtly different. The transitions between each character were pretty cut and dry, but not in the sense of stale bread. LOL. It was just succinct and neat. Like scene cuts. Not noticeable. Very nice.

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Side Note: I still think Jason Blossom is alive. I don’t know how he would be, but I don’t for a second think he’s actually dead.

 

One of my utmost favorite things about this is that I got to get into the core four’s heads! You don’t really get that with the TV show. You get the surface tension and emotions. In the book, it’s so much deeper, and from each of their POVs no less. And yes, Archie really was that dumbstruck by Ms. Grundy. And yes, I meant dumbstruck, not love-struck. Poor ginger. Still, love him (and that fiery hair) though. It’s just one aspect that really drew me in. That and at the end of every chapter there was a snippet and/or clip previewing what’s to come on the show.

 

Overall

Not a half bad read. Really. If you love Riverdale then go ahead and read this. Sure, you’re not missing out on much, but it is fun and nifty to see what it was like the day before Riverdale was shaken to its core. Also, the cover art is phenomenal! Completely striking with Archie’s profile and creepy with the never-ending trees where one could get lost and never be found. Just chilling.

 

Quotables:

“Son, when you’re my age, dead is kind of the default. You learn to push through it. Try it.” (Mr. Andrews to Archie, p. 43)

“I’m not an idiot. I know that everything that happened to my dad, happened because of him. Because of his choices and his behavior. He wasn’t some innocent victim. No, he wasn’t innocent. But he was my father, and despite all the BS, I still loved him.” (Jughead, p. 233)

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Airplanes Pt. 2 by B. O. B. feat Hayley Williams and Eminem.

 

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Eyes of Fire (Summer of Fear – A Book Review)

Summer of Fear
Author: Lois Duncan
Published: 1983

On Goodreads

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My Rating: Full boltFull bolt Full boltFull bolt

 

Rachel’s not jealous of her beautiful cousin. But she is afraid.

Cousin Julia comes to live with Rachel and her family after a terrible car accident. Slowly, inch by inch, Julia is taking over Rachel’s life. She takes her bedroom, her boyfriend, and soon enough her family. Everybody thinks Rachel is jealous, but that’s not it at all. There’s something dark about Julia, and Rachel’s terrified.

 

This book was a quick read. It is. Rather short. I finished it in three hours. I really enjoyed it even though a page was missing. LOL. I will never know what happened on the first page of chapter five. Kidding. I can probably buy a new copy of the book. This one I got out at a library sale. Those things are freaking gold mines. Anyway…a fantastic read. Classic, cult, and edgy from the same author of I Know What You Did Last Summer.

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Rachel is that ultimate final girl that—I hope I’m not the only one—you miss in horror movies these days. While everyone falls under Julia’s spell, she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. There’s heartbreak and even that panic inducing feeling. It wasn’t strong, but this dark and mystical story was a great page turner. Duncan does so well at building up to her great reveal. She always gets you with that twist. When everybody turns on Rachel, she fights back. And let me tell you, that was intense. That feeling of isolation that she gets trapped in is nothing compared to what could possibly happen to her.

I really clung on to the additional element of witch lore and magic. From having read a more horror novel last time, this was fresh to me. Witches of late have appeared more as agents of good, but not in this story. This book really touches on the bit that witches can be evil, too. There are upsides and dark sides of the supernatural and it was pretty cool to see the dark side.

Evil Witch

The attention to detail was wonderful. Not too much, but enough that the imagery was perfect, reminding me that this is set before the era of cell phones and DVDs. For many these days I’m sure your’e saying, “WHAT!?”. Yup, those days existed folks. After all, this was done in the eighties. Duncan’s writing really captured that without seeming overboard. I really liked it.

A favorite summer read of mine, but I believe Lois Duncan is great at creating a story like that. It’s the deadly story that gets you wanting summer. What kidn of story does that!? LOL. This one did, for me. Utterly original and, like I said already, classic. I’d really like to have the rest of the collection. So, do you read it because you like paranormal stories and horror? Yes! Do you read this because I say so? Well, that’d be cool, but I haven’t mastered the ability of manipulation so you’ll have to decid that for yourself.

 

Quotables

“It’s crazy, isn’t it, thinking you’ll never have anything but two brothers and then finally, at your age, getting a sister.” (Mike to Julia, p. 18)

“When you lose touch with youth, you grow old fast.” (Professor Jarvis to Julia, p. 56)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? Summer Sunshine by The Corrs.

 

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Take The Moments (The Summer I Turned Pretty – A Book Review)

The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy
Author: Jenny Han
Published: 2009-2011

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Every summer Belly goes to Cousins where her mom and Susannah, her mom’s best friend, have a beach house. She looks forward to it every summer because it’s like coming home. It’s this year, when Belly is seventeen that everything changes. This is the summer Belly turned pretty, as she puts it, and everybody notices it, especially Susannah’s sons, Jeremiah and Conrad.

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Belly’s been in love with Conrad for as long as she can remember. It’s never been anyone else. Right as soon as she starts to believe that he feels the same, heartbreaking news shatters everybody in the house. Nobody will ever be the same and Belly learns that it’s time to grow up no matter how hard it is, but that doesn’t mean you grow out of your first love, does it?

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This trilogy is one that I read every summer (I have the three-in-one version). It’s young, and innocent and I can almost feel the sand between my toes as my heart swells for the main character. Belly is always growing and you see that in each book. She takes the time to really allow her thoughts and heart to guide her even though she faces tough decisions and a whole lot of heartbreak.

Belly encompasses the growing teenager. She’s caring, loving and passionate about everything as well as whiny, annoying, snooty and wild. But each time I read this book, it’s like all of the small things matter suddenly. The sound of the ocean. The way that Belly looks at the stars. How she seems to stay in a moment for almost an eternity and she relives her memories with such delicacy. And that’s all okay. It should be encouraged actually because life moves really fast.

These coming of age books remind me to hold on to the moments that made my life. All of them. That was a big part throughout the trilogy because life is a series of moments. Sweet and tender and with so much love, I can’t stop coming back to Cousins. I’m hoping one day Jenny Han returns to the beach house.

 

Quotables:

“The moment between us, fragile and tenuous, snapped in hald. It was over. It would do no good to wonder what he was going to say. Moments, when lost, can’t be found again. They’re just gone.” (The Summer I Turned Pretty, Belly, p. 153)

“I wondered if this was the way old crushes died, with a whimper, slowly, and then, just like that—gone.” (The Summer I Turned Pretty, Belly, p. 200)

“There are moments in your life you wish with all your heart you could take back. Like, just erase from existence. Like, if you could, you’d erase yourself right out of existence too, just to make that moment not exist.” (It’s Not Summer Without You, Belly, p. 319)

“I used to look forward to seeing Conrad all year. I used to wish for summer the way kids wished for Christmas. It was all I thought about. Even now, even after everything, he was still all I thought about.” (It’s Not Summer Without You, Belly, p. 341)

“How do you regret one of the best nights of your life? You don’t. You remember every word, every look. Even when it hurts, you still remember.” (It’s Not Summer Without You, Belly, p. 392)

“When I used to picture forever, it was always with the same boy. In my dreams, my future was set. A sure thing. This wasn’t the way I pictured it…” (A Couple of Years Later, Belly, p.455)

“In my heart, I knew I loved them both, as much as it is possible to love two people as the same time…” (We’ll Always Have Summer, Belly, p. 799)

“When Conrad Fisher told a girl her loved her, he meant it. A girl could believe in that. A girl could maybe even bet her whole life on it.” (We’ll Always Have Summer, Belly, p. 805)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song of the day? Unpredictable by 5 Seconds of Summer. Feels very fitting.

Midnight Tease

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Hey bookworms! Every once in a while I like to pop in with a late-nighter on what I’ve been up and what will be coming up. Thus the Midnight Tease came to life. It’s been a busy month and Summer is kicking into high gear. I like to keep my shelves full and I’m sure you do too.

Go out and enjoy the sunshine and don’t forget to bring a book! They’re our best friends after all.

 

Coming Soon…

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The Summer I turned Pretty

Author: Jenny Han

 

Blood and Chocolate

Author: Annette Curtis Klaus

 

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Author: Lois Duncan

 

The Seventh Witch

Author: Shirley Damsgaard

 

Sins & Needles

Author: Karina Halle

 

 

Currently…

 

Siren - Epic Reads

The Siren

Author: Kiera Cass

 

Lara Jean - The Fandom

Lara Jean

Author: Jenny Han

 

Up for Review…

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Freeks

Author: Amanda Hocking

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Author: Jenny Han

 

I Know What You Last Summer

Author: Lois Duncan

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

What are you reading this summer? Got a suggestion? Tell me in the comments!