Hi there! Danielle here, from Sometimes Sweet! When Moorea asked me to guest post here, I was beyond excited- I love her blog and I was so happy to share some of my favorite books with all of you! I'm a high school English teacher turned stay-at-home mom, and even though I'm not in the classroom talking about literature everyday, I still make time to read each evening before I go to bed. I'm a total bookworm, and love talking all things books.
And when summer rolls around, I find myself wanting to read even more. Maybe it has something to do with the library's summer book programs I used to participate in as a kid, or maybe it has something to do with all the free time summer vacation used to bring, but I definitely can't complain when my passion for reading is kicked up a notch.
So, here are four picks for summer reading! Enjoy!
1. The Hunger Games
This is a very popular book right now due to it's upcoming release as a film, and it really does live up to it's hype! It has a little something for everyone; a dystopian society, love, loss, violence, suspense, and hope. I won't say too much, but I will say that if you haven't read this yet, you are missing out. This is the first of three books in the series and it's a wonderful pick for a summer read, or even a book club.
2. Swallow the Ocean
In a nutshell, Swallow the Ocean is about a girl growing up with a paranoid schitzophrenic mother. It's heart breaking, it's uplifting, it's bizarre. I'd say this is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a well-written memoir.
3. She's Come Undone
Trust me when I say that once you start this book you won't be able to stop. The main character, Dolores Price, is unforgettable, and I found myself laughing and crying right along with her as she navigated herself through life's ups and downs. The story follows Dolores as she learns how to survive despite some very tall odds stacked against her.
4. The Glass Castle
This is another memoir, and one of my favorite books. It's about the life of a young girl, growing up with parents who embraced non-conformity to the extreme, and it details the incredibly tough and unpredictable life this created for her and her three siblings. Part heart-wrenching, part so interesting you can't put it down, this book is at the very top of my summer re-reading list, always.
Happy reading! :)