Thursday, June 20, 2013

Book Talk Thursday - Summer Reading for ME!!

I'm so excited to link up with Andrea for the first time with her Book Talk Thursday!

She's been doing these on her blog for a while, but last week was the first linky. I didn't get a chance to join in, but I want to start participating in this one a lot more frequently. This week, in honor of my first week of summer break, I'm going to share a good book that I recently finished for myself! Summer is my time to do pleasure reading because I usually can't get through books during the school year. One of my newer favorite authors is Elin Hilderbrand. All of her books are set in Nantucket, and they make for great beach reads. Unlike Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks (who I also love), her books follow some type of tragedy, but they always end happier.

I read Silver Girl during SOL testing, and I was SO involved in the book that I actually got a little upset when my kids finished testing. This has been my favorite of her books so far. It's about a woman in her 50s who discovers that her husband has been running a Ponzi scheme. After losing everything and becoming one of the most hated people in New York, she escapes to Nantucket with her childhood best friend to "hide out" and sort through the mess of her life. But it's not always easy to stay hidden!

Now I'm reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, but I haven't made it very far yet. I need to finish it soon though because I checked it out from the library and have to return it at the beginning of July.

I'm hoping to get LOTS of reading done this summer. I have about 8 books stacked up ready to read! Maybe I'll bring a few with me to Puerto Rico.


  1. Melissa, I just finished Gone Girl! I can't wait to see what you think! I'll have to check your other book out. We are going on vacation next weekend and I will need a good book to read on the beach! Thanks for sharing!


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  2. Thanks for linking up! I am always looking for some fun reading to do during the summer! I have placed a hold for these to get on my Nook. Hope to read them soon!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  3. Hi Melissa,
    I discovered Elin Hilderbrand last summer and LOVED her books. They are so perfect for the summer. I'll be off to the library tomorrow to find Silver Girl! Thanks for the great suggestion. Beth from

  4. I have to check out Elin Hilderbrand. This seems right up my alley! I am really looking forward to some pleasure reading this summer too:)
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  5. I read Gone Girl too! Did you know they're making it a movie? Another reason to finish the book soon!!

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