Ever since I passed that big HR test several months ago I've been able to turn my kindle back on and load it with books. I've always loved reading and it's one of my favorite things to do after a long day. I'm always on the hunt for new books so I've thrown together a list of what I've read lately that I enjoyed - please add your favorites below!
Blood Orchids & the entire Lei Crime series, Toby Neal - I really get attached to characters, especially in a series. This dragged me in because it's mystery, murder, and a little bit of romance. It takes place across all 7 islands of Hawaii and it's really easy to read, which is fantastic for me when I don't need or want something deep.
Happy(ish), Cara Trautman - This book made me laugh and cry and at some times wonder if my inner monologue was writing this book. It's almost like Bridesmaids met Briget Jones Diary and they had a baby. And then throw in a crazy family, and a squirrel costume. Fantastic for a great beach or vacation read.
The Emperor's Edge & Series, Lindsay Buroker - I downloaded the first novel in this series and was immediately hooked. Imagine the Hunger Games (without the games part) in a steampunk world where a band of unlikely heroes set out to do the unimaginable. Romance, a bit of gore, funny names and hilarious banter across characters kept me coming back for more with these. And when the final book came out I delayed reading it for so long because I didn't want it to end. Also, if you have a kindle, the first one is free to download (don't say I didn't warn you, though).
The Perfume Collector, Kathleen Tesaro - The writing in this book is just lovely - and you are transported back to Paris in the 1920's to help a young bride discover a part of her past she never knew. This book made me want to go back to Paris, buy some lovely perfume, and just sit with a cup of coffee.
The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister, Nonna Bannister - I almost hesitated with putting this one up here, but I believe that it's an important story that needs to be told. This is the compilation of diary entries and other memoir aspects from Nonna Bannister's life in WWII Europe. In some places it was hard to keep going because I felt so sad, angry, and appalled.. but it is an important story to be told. It's stayed with me ever since I finished it and am still in awe of her bravery and courage in the face of such danger and hatred.
What has been on your summer reading list or are there books that you think people should avoid (still not over the ending of Gone Girl, ugh!). Let me know below!