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Summer Reading- Top 5 Books for Moms!

Jessica Carey

Posted on August 02 2018

One of my favorite ways to unwind is with a good book! There's nothing better than a new book to read, an iced coffee and a block of time.  I like to sneak in reading late at night, while traveling, and sometimes first thing in the morning in bed.  Reading is such a healthy habit for your kids to see you enjoying too!

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Here are my top 5 reads this summer (so far!):

1. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah 

The Great Alone novel

Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and this book lives up to the hype. Going off the grid in rural Alaska, Ernt Allbright drags his wife and daughter into a wilderness experience none of them are prepared for in an effort to start a new life. They must learn to garden, hunt, and gather as much food as possible to survive the long winter, guarding against bears, wolves, and other predators that would destroy their home. As the winter days shorten, Ernt’s grip on his temper disappears and his family will pay the price.The Great Alone is a chilling, emotionally wrenching roller coaster ride- if you're looking for a light read this isn't it! But you won't be able to put it down either!

2. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

What a quirky, beautifully-written read. Eleanor is one of the most interesting characters I've read about in a long time, and the novel is absolutely charming. I loved the in-depth portrayal of Eleanor and her past and how she has come to be who she is. It details her struggles with a hurtful past, and as the story develops, so does she. She begins to look at things in a new light, and grows into a beautiful brave person. You want to applaud her in the end and give her a hug. An extremely refreshing book I can't recommend highly enough!

3. The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen

The Tuscan Child

Two generational stories are intertwined in this book which is set in beautiful Tuscany.  The story is engrossing, the characters believable and the description of the scenery and food are wonderful. I loved the dual timelines in this book, and the way the mysteries of the past are unraveled. 

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

“What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?”
What an important, riveting and timely novel.  16-year-old Starr's voice makes this book come alive as she deals with systemic racism, police brutality and racial profiling, and the challenges of interracial relationships. Besides tragedy there’s also a lot of heart and some humor throughout Starr’s story. She is so much more than what happens to her, and her journey to prove this is a deeply moving read.

5. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone

This story had many creepy elements and was probably not very realistic, but it held my interest to its unlikely conclusion. It's a bizarre and gripping read! I read the whole thing on a plane ride to Hawaii and it was perfect to distract me during a long flight.

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