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Summer Reading

Summer Reading

My summer reading is a mix of review copies I’ve been given and books that I’ve been meaning to get to. My lists are never all that functional because major distractions come out of nowhere and all I have to do is walk into a bookstore and instantly my structured list is a shambles.

But, that’s okay. Just the idea of a summer reading list comforts me. It reminds me of when I was young and ran to the library each weekend to collect books for the summer reading program. Oh, how I loved those programs! My library would sometimes show a movie to go along with the featured book. Sitting in the cool, dark theater, munching on popcorn and all the kids laughing or crying depending on the film. Such good times.

Now that I am all sentimental over summer reading, here’s what I’d like to read by the end of September because it will be blazing hot, like 115 degrees in September so I count that as summer.

Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Every year I try to read Pride and Prejudice because I feel it’s required reading if you blog about books but every year it gets pushed to the back of my shelf. This year, I am going to read it. I declared it here so it must be so.

I noticed after writing this up that I only listed one “summery” vacation type book on here.  Are your summer reading lists usually light or heavy?

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Review: The Party

The Paty

The Party
By Robyn Harding
Gallery/Scout Press, Hardcover, 9781501161247, June 2017, 352pp.

The Short of It:

After just a few paragraphs I found myself completely absorbed by this story of a sleepover gone wrong.

The Rest of It:

Jeff and Kim Sanders host a sweet sixteen party for their daughter Hannah. They open their beautiful home to Hannah’s closest friends, pick-up her favorite cake and make it clear that boys, drugs & alcohol will not be tolerated.

What do you think happens?

As you can guess, something horrible happens and now Jeff and Kim Sanders, perfect in every way, find themselves trying to prove their innocence to the police as well as the parents and children involved. This blemish on Kim’s otherwise perfect reputation is enough to do her in. Then there’s Jeff, who is keeping a secret from her. Hannah is no saint either and forced to choose between popularity and cruelty.

There is a lot going on in this story but it’s SO good. You’ve got the whole “perfect” thing going on with Kim and Jeff but they are far from perfect. The other parents have their issues too and the kids…oh, the kids… their loyalty to each other changes with the weather. People are in. People are out. There are lies and secrets and lots of self-analysis going on. Oh, not to mention the denial!! I could not turn the pages fast enough.

These characters are complex and very well-developed and even though some of them do horrible things, you still feel something for them because the author just pulls it out of you. This book was read while making spaghetti and doing laundry because putting it down wasn’t an option. Plus, the events detailed in this story could literally happen to anyone which makes it all the more readable.

If you want a fast-paced domestic drama then you can’t go wrong with The Party.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
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