Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Reading

by Meghann on July 6, 2014

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend!

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Poor Maddie, she had no idea what she was in for. The Fourth of July really is the worst holiday for dogs. She basically refused to move from under the bed all night.

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Our long weekend was a little on the boring side. We watched a lot of tv, spent a lot of time on the couch, and really did absolutely nothing. To be honest, I started to get a little stir crazy today (I can only spend so much time inside) and escaped to Starbucks for a few hours to get some work done. Yes, I was so bored I opted to work on my long weekend. Clearly I wasn’t built for just sitting on a couch watching tv all day.

P.S. Rainy season in Florida blows. It was pretty much on/off raining every other hour all weekend. Boo. 

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Summer Reading 

Have you read any good books lately? I’ve been tearing through them this summer. Here’s a list of what I’ve recently finished:

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight 

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When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter’s exclusive private school, she’s shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter. Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter is dead.

Reconstructing Amelia follows a grieving mother as she fights to learn the truth behind her daughter’s death. It’s a great mystery and page turner. Highly recommend.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical – most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent – and on a quest of her own….

The Rosie Project has been on so many bestseller lists, I had really high hopes for it. Unfortunately it was just okay. It’s an easy read, but I didn’t have the can’t-put-this-down feeling I usually get with great books.

Paper Towns by John Green

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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows.

This book came highly recommended by a friend who knew I loved The Fault in Our Stars (another John Green novel). I’m torn on this one because I really enjoy John Green’s writing style, but the story didn’t draw me in as much as The Fault is in Our Stars. However, the fact that the novel is set in Orlando did pique my interest. The “Jefferson Park” neighborhood is clearly modeled off of Baldwin Park, right?

Up Next: I think I’m going to read the Maze Runner. Any other books I should check out this summer?

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