While my goal for 2019 is to read 30 books, I am running slightly behind & have some great books to share with you!
See below for the perfect summer read and other bold & riveting novels the I have had the pleasure of reading this summer.
The PERFECT Summer Read
- Summer of ’69 (2019), by Elin Hilderbrand
- The Rest of the Story (2019), by Sarah Dessen
- Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel (2019), by Taylor
Yes, all of the Hype on Daisy Jones and the Six holds true. This was by far the most original story that I have read this summer.
If Eddie and Alex Van Halen teamed up with Fleetwood Mac and John Cougar Mellencamp were their front man, that’s what I imagine the sound of The Six to be.
This was my first Elin Hilderbrand, and from my understanding, this was her first stab at a historical fiction novel. I was intrigued with the story premise and it was overall, a great story.
However, I am quite critical of well known contemporary fiction novelists moving onto historical fiction.
Overall, this was a great story and a quick read – perfect for that last minute end-of-the-summer getaway.
Sarah Dessen was the narrator of my pre-teen years. I really enjoyed this story, because Saylor had more sass and was less passive than her more recent female protagonists. Like the Summer of ’69, this is another great, quick read to take with you on a camping trip – or a trip to the lake!
Bold & Riveting Stories
- Everything I Never Told You (2014), by Celeste Ng
- Little Fires Everywhere (2017), by Celeste Ng
- Before We Were Yours (2017), by Lisa Wingate
If you’re looking for something that will make you want to turn off the television and consume at all hours of the day, look no further.
Little Fires Everywhere was without a doubt my favorite read this year. I can’t stress enough how strong of a storyteller Celeste Ng is. Set in the late 1990’s in a Cleveland suburb, it ignited a lot of memories of my childhood growing up in a Detroit suburb.
There’s also an art/art history tie-in, which was a wonderful treat!
I had been seeing these novels floating around the #bookstagram world for quite some time and eventually snagged them to see for myself.
Before We Were Yours is a fantastic retelling of a terrible time in our nations’ history. One that I didn’t even know about. This novel is so well woven that it had me up until the late hours of the night trying to consume every little bit of it.
Both Celeste Ng and Lisa Wingate are masters of their craft. Each have their own solid voice and can pull you into the story in a matter of minutes, and know how to keep you engaged by creating the perfect cliffhanger. Furthermore, they both know how to end a novel in a way that is bold and satisfying.