I know that summer is almost over (that went by FAST!), but that doesn't mean you can't squeeze in a few more books! I love to read and I enjoy reading everything from thrillers to cheesy teen fiction series. I get bored if I read two books from the same genre in a row, so I am constantly on the hunt for a good book. Here are five books to add to your summer reading list (or fall reading list when the kids go back to school) that I think everyone will enjoy:
The Nightingale: Everyone, especially women, need to read this book. There are many novels commemorating brave leaders and soldiers during WWII, but this novel highlights the important role of women during the war. Most of the women in France were widowed or waiting on news from their loved ones fighting in the war while Nazi's occupied their homes and and cities leaving them starving from poor food rations and freezing during the harsh winters. This novel is an empowering story about two sisters that risked their lives hiding downed airmen and Jewish children form the Nazis and their struggle to survive.
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
Red Queen: I've read a lot of teen fiction novels and this one is at the top of my list! If you like The Hunger Games and The Selection series, this is a great read for you. I also read the sequel, The Glass Sword, which is a little slower paced than the first book, but sets up nicely for the next book in the series. If you enjoy it as much as I do, you'll be joining me in my countdown to the release date of the third book (which comes out February 7, 2017!).
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays the only certainty is betrayal.
Fool Me Once: This book is an incredible thriller that had me flying through pages all through the night. I even made Todd read it and he enjoyed it as well. The plot twists and suspenseful narrative kept me on edge from beginning to end. If you love a good thriller and a strong female protagonist, this one is for you.
Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who was brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.
Cleopatra's Daughter: I found this book while searching for historical fiction books set in Rome before our Italy trip. I love Roman history and this book is perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction. The story is told by Cleopatra's daughter, Selene, after she and her siblings are taken to Rome. The author does a fantastic job at telling the story and developing each of the historic characters in a clear and entertaining story.
The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two– the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander–survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.
Me Before You: I love reading books with a movie in production. I read this book in Italy and fell in love with the character Louisa. Her quirky personality added humor to this heart wrenching, but beautifully told love story. If you enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, you will love this book. The movie was also well done (can you really go wrong when Sam Clafin is in the movie??) and there's something so flawless about a British cast!
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
Any reading suggestions I need to add to my fall reading list? Share in the comments below!