SaraSmiles Summer Reads

In case you haven’t noticed, I have changed the layout of this blog around a little! I have added several new pages, and one of them is called “Bookshelf” This is where you can find some of the more recent books I have read, books I am currently reading, and books on my to-read list! I will try my best to keep this updated…but you can also check out my GoodReads account here.

Now that I am home from a whirlwind travel filled summer…life seems very boring back home. (especially when all my friends have jobs or internships) I have had plenty of time to catch up on all my TV shows, so now I have turned to reading. I bet you wouldn’t believe me if I told you that I read FOUR books while in Europe? Well, I did! I found time to read when we would be standing in lines, sitting by the beach, and some nights I stayed up way too late reading. It is very difficult when you find an amazing book, because you never want to put it down. Before leaving I only packed one book, thinking I would maybe read on the plane. Once I finished my book, I remembered the Kindle app for the iPhone…this allowed me to read a lot more! Once back home I was able to actually use my kindle again!

Since summer is almost over, I figured I would share my TOP 3 Summer Reads. These are presented in no particular order…but I definitely recommend that they all be read ūüôā

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (fun fact she is a Phi Mu)

If there is any book you read this summer I recommend The Help! This book is not just a summer favorite…more like an all time favorite book. This book will leave you absolutely disgusted with some characters (cough cough Hilly) and absolutely fall in love with other characters ability to stand up for what is right. ¬†Here is a synopsis from the Goodreads Page¬†

“In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women – mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends – view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope,¬†The Help¬†is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.”

Be sure to read this one quick! The movie comes out August 10th!

2. Something Blue (sequel to Something Borrowed) by Emily Giffin

Confession: I first picked up Something Borrowed when I heard that John Krasinski was going to be in the movie…but I am sure glad I did. I found myself relating to the main character Rachel. We share so many qualities and I could see myself in a similar situation (the whole having a friend control you). I was a little worried about the second book, Something Blue, because it is from the antagonist’s (Darcy, the controlling friend) point of view. Giffin is quite successful in making this antagonist somewhat¬†likable, even if it does take nearly the entire book. Here is a brief synopsis of the book from the Goodreads Page.

“Something Blue is a novel about one woman’s surprising discoveries about the true meaning of friendship, love, and happily-ever-after. It’s a novel for anyone who has ever, even secretly, wondered if the last thing you want is really the one thing you need”

3. Sisterhood Everlasting

I can’t remember when I first started reading the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares, but I¬†immediately¬†fell in love with the characters and story line. I found myself in the middle of Lena, Tibby, Bee and Carmen’s friendship. As dorky as it sounds I loved the idea of magical pants that kept their friendship going as they grew up and all their secret rituals at Gilda’s. I thought I was done with Carmen, Bee, Tibby and Lena after the final book…until Ann Brashares released this 5th book. This book tells the story of the four friends nearing the age of 30. This is one of the few books (maybe the only one) that has ever made me cry…multiple times. Goodreads describes it as follows:

“As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.”

What are your favorite summer reads?

(all images are from the Goodreads website.)


2 thoughts on “SaraSmiles Summer Reads

  1. Jessica says:

    I really want to read The Help and Sisterhood Everlasting! I still haven’t finished Something Blue but I ended up hating Something Borrowed. I think it is the romantic in me that hated the idea of Rachel with Dex as ruining a friendship even if it was a weird one (I think Dex and Darcy should have called it off and then Rachel and Dex get together or something.)


  2. Victoria says:

    I LOVED The Help and Something Borrowed, and Sisterhood Everlasting is on my to-read list. It’s so cool finding someone with similar read tastes as me. =)

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