20 Books of Summer

The 20 Books of Summer is a challenge hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. The goal is to read 20 books between June 1st – September 5th. I’m posting my list a couple weeks after the challenge has begun, but it’s better late than never, right?  If you want to participate, pick your 20 books (or 10, 15, whatever you want to set your goal at), write a post about it & link it back to 746 Books!

I usually finish about 5 books a month, which would only put me at finishing 15 books before the challenge is over, but I’m always up for a good challenge!! I’ve tried to pick a mixture of books and books that I will most likely definitely be reading over the course of the summer. I also threw some oldies but goodies in there that I have been wanting to reread!

 

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Anticipated June Releases

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I love looking ahead at the month ahead and seeing what great titles are coming out! There are a ton of fantastic books coming out in June, but I narrowed my list down to my top 7 (plus a few honorable mentions!) Check them out below!

 

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Release Date: June 6, 2017

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Synopsis:

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Why I Want to Read It:

This has probably been my most anticipated book for the last year…or at least since it was announced! Sarah Dessen is my all-time favorite YA author and I have yet to read a book by her that I haven’t loved. This book can’t come out soon enough!

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Review: Upcoming Children’s Books

I had the privilege of receiving multiple Advanced Reader Copies of yet to be released children title’s from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I’m excited to share my thoughts with you!

My Potty by Anita Bijsterbosh

This is a very simple book that babies and toddlers will love. It follows the story of a “potty” and what different creatures believe it is, from a flower pot to a toy to a hat. It’s a very quick story. From the title, I would have thought the book would be about using the potty, but again a quick read that toddlers will giggle at.

Rating: 3/5

Release Date: November 1, 2017

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Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

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Synopsis:

Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met.

Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.

The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control . . . or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.

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REVIEW: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Synopsis:

From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick and a “Best Book of the Summer” by Glamour and USA Today—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

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UPDATE!

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been missing in action. The last few weeks have been crazy. I was on vacation for about 12 days and then just so busy with work when I got back. But I plan on making up for it now! I have quite a few book reviews to post and I have a couple other blogs planned.Can’t wait for you guys to read them! 🙂

Book Haul: August 11, 2016

GUYS! I got like 50 books for ONE DOLLAR!! I LOVE IT! I’m not going to share everything I got because that would take way too dang long, but I’m going to share the books I’m most excited about! 🙂

Summer in the City by Robyn Sisman

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Synopsis:

Suze Wilding and Lloyd Rockwell are complete strangers. She lives in London; he lives in New York. But when their advertising firm sponsors a job swap, having them trade apartments and jobs for the summer, they find themselves living each other’s lives.From the beginning, these two seem polar opposites—Suze is impetuous, brash, and commitment phobic, whereas Lloyd, cautious and thoughtful, is looking to settle down with his suitable girlfriend. But when Suze discovers a plot at work to get Lloyd fired, the two begin communicating long-distance, and can’t help wondering if they might just be perfect for one another.

Why I Bought It:

It has a very interesting concept and kind of reminds me of the movie The Holiday, which I loved! It gets tiring reading love story after love story that really just follow the same concept through and through, just with different characters and different settings. So I have high hopes for this one!

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