1, 2 & 3. Inferno by Dan Brown, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg and The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks - Already reviewed here.
4. Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E L James - I wanted to read this to see what all the fuss is about. WOW. What a great series. It's definitely Harlequin on steroids... but the underlying story? I really enjoyed it. I loved the perspective of the book and I can relate to the intense feelings of connection, falling in love and that forever love the characters felt for each other. It was great to see a love story... ALL of it... not just the PG-rated parts of it. I can't wait to see who they cast in the movie!! :)
5. A Dog's Purpose & A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron - I was planning on reading this after the Fifty Shades Trilogy but then my parents lost their 8-year old English Bulldog Daisy and I just couldn't bring myself to start it right away. I hope to pick it up this month... but definitely waiting for the mood to strike me.
6. Young House Love by John & Sherry Petersik - It was good. Lots of projects which gets you thinking about your own house and what you can do to bump it up a notch. I read their blog almost everyday and this didn't disappoint. One of those rare ones where it would actually be better in hardback than on my e-reader. I would like to mark pages of things I want to go back and try! Lots to read, lots of info. Definitely worth taking a look at if you are the home improving type.
So I put off reading A Dog's Purpose & A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron, but finished the rest of my list. Once I started reading again, it's been my new nightly habit which I'm really happy about. I have also read these other books, all of which I would classify as summer beach reads:
Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella - I'm a big fan of all her books... I hadn't read this one yet, so I snuck it in. It was interesting.... I truly hated the self-absorbed, non-stop inner dialogue of the main character/narrator the first 30 or so pages. But once I got into the story and that was the point of the beginning, it was soooo GOOD. I loved the banter back and forth between her and the guy she met/fell in love with. Another Kinsella book I loved and definitely recommend!
Southern Road Series by Stephanie Bond: Baby I'm Yours, Baby Drive South, Baby Come Home, Baby Don't Go and Baby Hold On - I really enjoyed these. Funny, witty and quick reads, set in a small mountain town of Georgia that is being rebuilt after a tornado leveled the place. Great for the beach, the airplane or just a quick break. ;) I think I might be missing the newest novella, Baby I'm Back, so I'm checking my Nook for that one next weekend!
Kowalski Family Series by Shannon Stacey: Exclusively Yours, Undeniably Yours, Yours to Keep, All He Ever Needed, All He Ever Desired, and All He Ever Dreamed - Loved these. Smart, hilarious and fast reads.... perfect for the summertime while on vacation (I wish.... no such luck for me this year!). The best part of these series books is the common threads of characters set in the backdrop of New England in a large extended family. It's nice to see what happens next after you finish the book. I'm so looking forward to the next in the series, Love a Little Sideways, when it comes out in November! Maybe I'll read a related book, Slow Summer Kisses, in the meantime to tide me over... :)
Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me - Totally loved these. Read them cause I was looking for another series and it was in the Nook bestsellers category. The description related them to a genre of similarity to the Fifty Shades Trilogy so I thought I'd give them a try. Similar but at the same time very different. I really enjoyed reading this trilogy and would highly recommend if you liked Fifty Shades. :)
Not sure what is up after A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, Baby I'm Back and Love a Little Sideways, but I have also been wanting to read Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed and The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen (first book in the Rizzoli & Isles series - love the tv show)... guess we will see what makes the next round.
So I definitely have been giving my Nook a workout.... 22 books so far since June 1st! Any good must reads out there that I'm missing?!