Last week Joel and I snuck out of Chicago for a few days of camping. The second we got our campsite set up I sat in my chair and busted open All The Missing Girls. Immediately I knew I was going to be reading a lot while we camped. Three days later I finished the book, and told basically everybody I know that they need to read it. This book captivated me after just a few pages, and gave me a burning desire to run home and read that I haven’t had in years.
The second I finished All The Missing Girls I started adding book after book to my cart on Amazon. Here I am with literally ten books in my cart. I am so ready to spend less of my time watching Bravo this summer. And more time sitting by the lake for a few hours, putting my phone on airplane mode, and diving into my summer reading list.
My Summer Reading List
This story follows Nic back to her hometown as her fathers illness progresses. When Nic returns home nearly nothing around town has changed. The town feels eerily similar, and Nic is still haunted by the disappearance of her best friend Corinne ten years prior. While Nic is home for the summer another girl disappears. The town is shaken and the two disappearances are a little too similar.
All The Missing Girls is told in a unique way, that makes you feel like a detective as you progress though the chapters. Overall I loved this book!
If you are looking to dip your toe into historical fiction look no further than The Nightingale. This story is set during World War II and follows sisters in France pre-war, throughout the war, and post-war. This book paints a vivid picture of life during the war for women. Including the active role many women played in the revolution.
The Nightingale is worth the read. Overall the characters are beautifully built up, and the ending to this book is truly heart wrenching, yet amazing at the same time.
I picked up this book today and I cannot wait to dive right in! Amazon says,”From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six—an entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all”. In which a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took. The loves she lost. And the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.”
I’ll report back on how this one turns out, but I have heard a TON of good things about this juicy story on social media.
Amazon says,”It’s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She’s brilliant, but she’s also a young black woman working in an old boys’ club. Her career has stalled out, she’s overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she’s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she’s being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent.
In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.”
This sounds to have some similarities to Next Year In Havana which I loved! Not to mentions that this book has stellar reviews!
Amazon says,”Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer. She lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination. And casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets. She, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband. Theo is taken on a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….”
After reading the about section on Amazon I instantly ordered this book. If I’m that sucked in by a few summary paragraphs, this has got to be a good one right?
What’s On Your Summer Reading List?
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