Monday, July 14, 2014

My Summer Reading List 2014

My summer has really just started. The girls have dance until mid June, which keeps us busy. And this year I took on their dance studio's annual dance concert photos, so that kept me very busy until just recently. I am finally slowing down on the photography side and ready to relax, not think about editing and maybe read a little. Also, I needed a really good book to accompany me to Alaska. Yes, a trip of a lifetime, my husband and I are taking next week. We are excited, nervous and so grateful to have been chosen! I hope to update while there, if not I will have SO many amazing photos to update when we return!

I go through reading spurts. I may read four books in a month and then not read for another six months. If I find a series I love, like The Hunger Games, I will read until I'm finished and then be depressed and sad with nothing to read for a month.

Here are a few books I have on my Good Reads Wish List,  two I have read and encourage YOU to read if you have not. Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber.

 About two years ago a really good friend and someone whose opinion I value greatly suggested Outlander to me. I looked up the synopsis on Good Reads and thought, "eh... period book... time travel, NO.WAY" and I found something else. Finally I decided to check it out from the library. I devoured it in a month. It is a giant book, full of information. I am really picky with time periods when I read. I can read about the future, the present and even as far back as the 50's but to go way back into the 1700's, no. Well, that has all since changed. This book will pull you in, it is a story about love and time travel. The author has done such an amazing job with her historical facts as well, so you learn a little at the same time. I instantly fell in love with Jamie Fraser, the Scott that Claire (the main character) meets. The relationship they have will keep you reading and reading. And this summer, STARZ has joined with Diana Gabaldon, the author, to adapt it into a series. I am SO stinking excited to see it come to life in front of me. I hope it doesn't disappoint! So go out soon and get this book, Outlander is the first in the series.

Outlander synopsis as taken from here
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives

Dragon Fly In Amber is the second in the series. It follows them through time again. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ... and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.... it, so far, was my favorite. I am only on the third book though, and have heard many say that the third book is their favorite, so stay tuned! 

Voyager I have had a difficult time getting into. I've checked it out THREE TIMES from our library, but  I have a long flight ahead of me on Sunday and decided to give it another shot. 
A little about Voyager taken from here
Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love.
The other books on my list are as follows, I have only read one of these but all of them appeal to me so they are in my "to read" on Good Reads. Are you on Good Reads? If so add me! It's a great site, you can keep track of what you want to read, read reviews and also keep track of what you have read! 

Sixteen-year-old Cara Lange has been a loner ever since she moved away from her best and only friend, Zoe, years ago. She eats lunch with the other girls from the track team, but they're not really her friends. Mostly she spends her time watching Ethan Gray from a distance, wishing he would finally notice her, and avoiding the popular girls who call her "Choker" after a humiliating incident in the cafeteria. 

Then one day Cara comes home to find Zoe waiting for her. Zoe's on the run from problems at home, and Cara agrees to help her hide. With her best friend back, Cara's life changes overnight. Zoe gives her a new look and new confidence, and next thing she knows, she's getting invited to parties and flirting with Ethan. Best of all, she has her BFF there to confide in. 

But just as quickly as Cara's life came together, it starts to unravel. A girl goes missing in her town, and everyone is a suspect—including Ethan. Worse still, Zoe starts behaving strangely, and Cara begins to wonder what exactly her friend does all day when she's at school. You're supposed to trust your best friend no matter what, but what if she turns into a total stranger? (info from here)

Between Husbands and Friends
Lucy met Kate when they were both young wives and mothers. In the years since, the two women and their husbands and children have become inseparable, spending every August together in a house on Nantucket. Lucy and Kate, each other's most trusted confidantes, have shared their secrets, from the mundane to the shocking--but there's one explosive secret that Lucy has kept to herself.

As August once again approaches, Lucy must confront the truth she has kept hidden all these years. Now, in the midst of an unexpected family crisis, she must make a decision that could shatter all of their lives.

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.

We Were Liars 
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it's the kind of place where swimming boldly is required and the children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with the midnight skinny-dips, the wet dog smell lingering in the air, the moneyed laughter carrying across the still lake, and before she knows it, she has everything she's ever wanted: wealth, friendship, a boyfriend, and, most of all, the sense, for the first time in her life, that she belongs.

But as Mabel becomes an insider, she makes a terrible discovery, which leads to shocking violence and the revelation of the true source of the Winslows' fortune. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and redefine what is good and what is evil, in the interest of what can be hers.

So I hope that will prompt you to read a little this summer. Tell me, are you reading anything now? Comment and fill me in! 

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