This month’s books are all about binge worthy authors. While I love a good Netflix marathon, nothing is better than sitting outside in the warm weather reading a great book. Once I find an author I love, I will read all of their books. Here are some great books to add to your summer reading list…and most of them will be movies in the theater this fall! Bonus!
First up: Gillian Flynn. Her books are dark, deep and somewhat disturbing…but in a great way. I can usually read one of her novels in less than 3 days. You get THAT into them. Last year when everyone was talking about Gone Girl, I was a bit hesitant to jump on the bandwagon, but I’m so glad I did. If you happen to live under a rock, Gone Girl is the story about a husband looking for his missing wife. If you love a crazy story, unreliable narrator and unexpected plot twist, grab this book now! Flynn has another book hitting the big screen this year also: Dark Places. This is a story of a girl who had her family members killed right in front of her when she was 7. It’s hard to talk about this book without giving away too much, but it’s another thriller!
To lighten up a bit, another author I love is Emily Giffin. I started with Something Borrowed way before the movie came out and flew through the rest of her books. Something Borrowed is the story of a girl who falls in love with her best friend’s fiancé. Even if you’ve seen the movie, the book is MUCH better and there are a bunch of plot lines they left out. The follow up Something Blue is even better and is coming to theaters in the next year or so. Last week, Giffin came out with a new book: One and Only. I started it last night and ended up reading until 1:30am (hence the 4 cups of coffee this AM!). This book is the story of a single girl who was born in raised in a small football town in Texas. After a big life event, she starts to question her path in life. SO good so far!
My final recommendation is: This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. I just saw the movie trailer for this today, it will hit theaters in September. I highly recommend this book, although it is quite an emotional book at times. The main premise is a family gets together after their father passes away. As with any family, things are complicated. I am on a waiting list for his newer book: One Last Thing Before I Go. My husband always makes fun of me because I love to read books that are also movies (usually I read the book AFTER seeing the movie), but I really love the connection and to see how directors portray the pages on screen. Since summer is almost upon us, don’t forget to check out your local library’s summer book program! Our local branch in Grand Rapids has an amazing kids program! I love to get all of my books and ebooks for free from the library…such a great money saver!