The Last 5 Books I’ve Read

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I love to read and it seems like this year I have started reading more than I used to read.  The last five books I’ve read are all books I would highly recommend!! You’ll see there’s a bit of a theme to the books I’ve been into recently…so here goes!

The Partner by John Grisham

Following typical Grisham style, this book centers on the partner of a law firm who finds himself in a bit of trouble when he is kidnapped and then convicted of numerous offenses.  I was engaged in the novel from start to finish but was very disappointed by the ending.  I won’t give anything away but let’s just say I was not expecting the end result.

The Testament by John Grisham

With a much better ending than The ParterThe Testament was an amazing book!  It starts with the surprise signing of a will and follows the execution of the will all the way to Brazil! I loved every character of the book and would definitely recommend everyone read it!

Camino Island by John Grisham

I have to say I was disappointed with this book because it was so different from everything else I have read by John Grisham.  It felt like more of a summer romance novel than a legal thriller and I was not expecting that.  If you are looking for more low-key mystery and adventure this is the book for you.  I would still recommend it but not to people who go in expecting a typical Grisham book.

The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

My dad got my hooked on this series and so far I love it.  The narrative style is different yet still easy to follow and exciting from start to finish!  The central character is an Israeli operative who is called on to complete a mission.  The suspense and excitement throughout the book make it very hard to put down!

English Assassin by Daniel Silva

I have just started this book and so far I love it!! It’s the second in the Gabriel Allon series.  So far, so good!!

After taking an english class with a lot of assigned readings, it’s been fun to read when I’m interested in before going back to the many assigned readings for school!  I love to read so any recommendations you have, leave them in the comments section!

xo Carolyn

 

Snow-Day Book Recommendations

It’s beginning to be the time of year where outdoor adventures are decreasing and indoor activities are increasing.  In the colder months, there is nothing better than curling up with a steamy drink and settling into a good book.  I know finding a book worth sitting down and reading for hours at a time can be hard, but I promise it is definitely worth the hunt!  I want to try to help out and share some of my current favorites that are good books to just dive right into.

A Time to Kill by John Grisham

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If you have never read any Grisham novels, you must start now!  A Time to Kill is the perfect book of his to start with.  Grisham focuses on a defense attorney in the south who defends the man who killed the two men who raped his daughter.  I know my description sounds a little heavy but I promise the amazing characters and exciting plot make the book one that will keep you turning pages before you realize you’ve been reading for hours!

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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Everyone has heard of Mr. Green’s famous novels Paper TownsThe Fault in Our Stars, and Looking for Alaska, and trust me all of those are good, but for a nice easy snow-day read, I would recommend this book.  The novel centers around a boy who has just been dumped by 19 girls named Katherine and goes on a road trip with his best friend to help get over the devastation.  John Green does not disappoint with his amazing characters and laugh-out-loud moments in the book.  An Abundance of Katherines is very light hearted and easy to read yet still intriguing and enjoyable.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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My cousin recommended this book to me a few summers ago and it lived up to every praise she sang in its name.  I can’t give anything away, but I will say the ending is unexpected and brings a whole new level to the book.  We Were Liars is a true page-turner and a book you don’t want to miss out on.

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

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A collection of short stories about the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried is quite the book.  I had to read this for an english class and I promise it is not your typical high school english class book.  Filled with truth about the war, Tim O’Brien writes with an honesty and skill to capture the effects of the war in a way you would never expect.  The book is not your typical war novel so even if you have an aversion to war, you can still appreciate the piece of literature.

I realize the majority of the books I have mentioned take place in the summer but I promise it doesn’t matter when you read them, they are still some great novels.  I’ve read most of these more than once and every single time I crack them open I get sucked in and can’t stop reading!  I hope you check out and enjoy some of these fantastic novels!

Commend below some of your favorite books!  I’m always looking for a new book to dive into!

xo Carolyn