Book Worm Edition: Summer Reads

Hey, hi, hello! I'm stopping by this morning with a roundup of some of my favorite books and authors. Reading is one of my favorite things to do (nerd alert), and as a recent graduate who is still on the hunt for a job, I have ample reading time right now - woohoo! Let's dive right into it!

1. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty




This was the first book I read by Liane Moriarty, and I couldn't put it down. It's my favorite book of hers (that I've read so far). Below is the description Amazon gives: 

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

I loved this book, a lot, so much that I read three of her other books right after I finished The Husband's Secret - What Alice Forgot, Big Little Lies, and The Hypnotist's Love Story. Liane Moriarty, you've got me hooked! 

2. The Fifth Wave Series by Rick Yancey



My dad and I watched the movie the 5th Wave a few weekends ago and when it ended I immediately googled to see if there was going to be a sequel - I needed answers, man! Through my handy google search I found out that the 5th Wave movie was based on a book, and that there were two books that followed it *insert nerdy girl dance here*. So what did I do? I of course downloaded the second and third book onto my Kindle immediately and read them both within two days. I told you guys - nerd alert! When I get hooked on a book (especially a series), I cannot stop. This series is technically a teen fiction, but if you liked the Hunger Games and are looking for an easy read, this is it! Find the description of the first book (The 5th Wave) below:  

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

This series was easy to read, and I liked it a lot! Good beach read, for sure.

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes



Grab the tissues for this one. I loved this book even though it may or may not have made me shed a few tears. The ending wasn't what I was hoping for, but reading the second book definitely made me a bit more satisfied. Here's the description: 

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

The movie for this is already out, but make sure to read the book before you go see it! PS: Another great book by Jojo Moyes is The Girl You Left Behind, check it out here!

4. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand



Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of making perfect beach reads in my opinion. Her books are fun and easy reads that I swear are meant to go right into your beach bag for your vacation. This book was one of my favorites by her - I loved the characters and the story. A lot of her books are set in Nantucket, including Silver Girl. 

Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie's brother Toby - Meredith's high school boyfriend - arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had. 

Set against the backdrop of a Nantucket summer, Elin Hilderbrand delivers a suspenseful story of the power of friendship, the pull of love, and the beauty of forgiveness.

I really don't think you can go wrong with any of Elin Hilderbrand's books. Search her name on Amazon and you'll find a plethora of great beach reads waiting for you.

5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

via papyrus.greenville,edu

via papyrus.greenville,edu

If you're looking for a more suspenseful read, here ya go! This book definitely kept my attention and there will be a few surprises along the way. 

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

And that's where the book worm edition stops, for today! I'll post another one in a few weeks once I've read a few more books :) 

I would love to hear about your favorite books! Leave me some of your recommendations in the comments. 

See ya guys next time!