Great Summer Reads: Books We Love

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Warm summer days, hammocks and shady trees, the sun, the beach, a stolen moment of quiet – it’s the perfect time to let a book take you away from it all. Meet exciting characters, live a daring adventure, discover new worlds and maybe even yourself. Here a some of the books we think you might enjoy. Please share some of the books you’re reading this summer that you would recommend to friends.

1. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert

This memoir follows the journey of the author as she abandons her conventional American dream in search for what she truly wanted in life. Gilbert sets out for a year-long journey, experiencing art and pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and a mixture between the two in Indonesia.

2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy” consists of these three highly acclaimed books. The first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is a mystery about the disappearance of a young girl. The second, The Girl Who Played with Fire, takes the story into the worlds of crime and corruption. If you have already read the first two, be sure to check out the third installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

3. Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

After a failed attempted climb of K2, Mortenson became ill and found himself lost in Pakistan’s Karakoram Himalaya. After being nursed back to health by villagers, he vowes to bring change to their community. Three Cups of Tea is the inspiring story of Mortenson’s campaign to build schools in the dangerous and remote areas of Pakistan.

4. The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

Author Jeanette Walls grew up living a nomadic existence with her parents and three siblings. When the excitement of wandering faded, the family took a dysfunctional turn. Walls’ story is about her triumph, but also about her unconditional love for her family.

5. Sizzling Sixteen, by Janet Evanovich

Another installment of the Stephanie Plum series as she works as a bail bondswoman for her cousin Vinnie. She inherits a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip, but the problem is she doesn’t know if the bottle brings good luck or bad luck.

6. Women Food and God, by Geneen Roth

Since childhood, author Geneen Roth has gained and lost over a thousand pounds. When she began trusting her body and questioning her beliefs, everything changed. She explains that no matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all.

7. The Last Lecture, by by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

This book goes beyond the actual last lecture given by Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. His lecture was titled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” but it was also about overcoming obstacles, enabling the dreams of others, and seizing every moment.

8. Under the Dome, by Stephen King

On one fall day in Maine, a transparent dome completely covers the town of Chester’s Hill. After the event, the town is plagued with horrible incidents. No one understands what this barrier is, or if it will ever go away.

9. The Lucky One, by Nicholas Sparks

In Nicolas Sparks’ 14th books, he tells the story of a man that carries a photograph of a smiling woman he doesn’t know, but he believes holds the key to his destiny. Sparks takes us through the man’s journey to track down this woman, which leads us to a love story only he could write.

10. Fly Away Home, by Jennifer Weiner

A premise seen in news headlines, Sylvie Serfer is a senator’s wife who has made a life and career out of being on the arm of a politician. She is blindsided by the reality that her husband has been having an affair, and with a much younger woman— all of which becomes front page news. She flees to her family’s home in Connecticut, where she spends time with her two daughters and attempts to heal.

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