Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer Reads [part one]

The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher
Finished: at the end of June.
The book in 3 words: Quirky, entertaining, strange.
This book was a Young Adult fiction that I heard was good via a blog—I can’t remember whose though!  It was a coming of age story about a high school girl whose mother signed her up for a mother-daughter summer book club with a few other girls she would not otherwise have been in contact with.  Was it entertaining? Yes.  Would I recommend it?  Probably not. It was pretty strange overall and the end left me with a few unanswered questions which I didn’t enjoy.
The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam
Finished: The end of June.
The book in 3 words:  Inspiring, heartbreaking, eye-opening.
This book, like it says, is a true story of a Cambodian heroine.  Somaly Mam never had a family, her parents abandoned her in a small Cambodian village when she was very young—and she was then tricked into leaving the village with her “grandfather.”  This man abused her and eventually sold her into prostitution.  She writes about her journey not only through the sex-trafficking industry, but her escape, and mission to help other girls escape as well.  It was not an easy read by any means, the things she has been through are heartbreaking and difficult to wrap your mind around… but it is important.  Important to recognize that this is happening in our world, not only in Cambodia but in your hometown too… and it is our responsibility to stop it.  I definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Quotes: “What you have learned, from experience, is worth more than gold.  If you have a house it may burn down.  Any kind of possession may be lost, but your experience is yours forever.  Keep it and find a way to use it.”
“I strongly believe that love is the answer and that it can mend even the deepest unseen wounds."  Love can heal, love can console, love can strengthen, and yes, love can make change.”

Finished: The beginning of July.

The book in 3 words: Addicting, heartfelt, entertaining.

I chose to read this book next because I was hoping it would be a lighthearted story—much needed after the heaviness of the last book.  This story was about 4 college friends who leave their responsibilities behind to travel to Jamaica together.  They are all dealing with different issues that they have chosen to ignore while they are on vacation—but as we all know big issues are not easy to forget, and they are forced to deal with them.  It wasn’t exactly a lighthearted read, and I didn’t necessarily agree with some of the decisions the women made… but it was quality writing and I grew attached to the storylines.  I would recommend this for a nice summer read, maybe for vacation on a beach somewhere. :)

Finished: Mid-July
The book in 3 words: Suspenseful, dark, unpredictable.
I had been meaning to read this for awhile—in fact this is the second time I have checked it out from the library…only this time I actually read it!  Overall it was a thrilling read.  The story is about a man whose wife disappears from his home on their 5th wedding anniversary.  It was pretty creepy actually and I would not recommend reading it at night…but I read it in 2 days, it was definitely one I could not put down because of all the twists and suspenseful turns.  I really enjoyed Gillian Flynn’s style of writing, each chapter alternated between the husband’s story and the wife’s diary entries.  I can’t wrap my head around how she even came up with the story—but I enjoyed it a lot surprisingly.  I have mixed feelings about the ending, but I would probably recommend it to those who enjoy mystery and suspense.
What have you been reading? Any recommendations?


  1. So many people have been talking about Gone Girl. I really feel like I need to read it!

  2. I was a little disappointed with Gone Girl. After all the amazing reviews, the second part left me disappointed. The story line was so great but I thought most of the second part was unnecessary!

  3. I started reading Gone Girl, but never finished it! I really want to!

  4. Thanks for the book recommendations!! I'll have to look into these! :)

  5. the second book sounds good!

    i like sarah pekkannen but thought that book was just alright.

    gone girl was nuts but the ending was terrible lol

    thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. I wish I had suggestions for you! I LOVE to read but life has been insanely crazy lately and I just haven't had time! (hence the lack of blog posts and being ridiculously behind on blog reading!!!) The Road of Lost Innocence is one I will be reading for sure ~ our church actually has a ministry dedicated to doing our part to end trafficking in our area. The problem is real and heart breaking. Love the quotes from the book you shared! And The Best of Us sounds like a fun read that I would really enjoy too!! Thanks for the suggestions!!


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