Kim here. Reading this summer was slow for me, but what I did read was really good. It seemed I didn’t read a bad book all summer! That’s a great thing but it made it hard to narrow it down to the top 3 for this post. In no particular order, here are my favorite books read from May to August…
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Reid Jenkins
I picked this up only because #Bookstagram wouldn’t shut up about it. I read the synopsis and was intrigued by the Hollywood setting so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I listened to the audio narrated by Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan, and Robin Miles, and it was fabulous. Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions. There were a few surprises along the way and I really found myself hoping that each character would come out on top somehow. Hands down one of the best books I’ve read this whole year. I loved it.
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jump-start her career.
Aurora Rising, Jay Kristoff
After reading and loving the Illuminae Files series, I knew I needed more. Give me all the ya intergalactic snarky characters on a mission to save the world. I’m a sucker for it. Aurora Rising was fun and fast paced with a loveable group of misfits. It didn’t disappoint.
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch. And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
Someone We Know, Shari Lapena
I don’t normally go for contemporary dramas but mix them up with an intriguing mystery and I might be persuaded. This is my second Lapena book and it won’t be the last. Not overly complicated but had me guessing just enough to keep me reading. I sped through this one convinced I knew who did it. Wrong.
In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses–and into the owners’ computers as well–learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too. Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point.
Tell me! What was the best book you read this summer?