Summer is starting to wind down, I know a few school districts that are starting back next week. So this may seem like a weird time for a summer reading list. If you are anything like me, when summer rolls around all productivity ceases in my house. Having both my kids underfoot constantly is exhausting and I find I have zero time to myself. In my family, summer is all about family time and making fun memories. However, once the school year starts up again you better believe I am trying to carve out some quiet time for myself!
I am an avid reader, since having kids reading has become a little trickier. I downloaded the Kindle app onto my phone a few months ago and found I can easily read 3-4 books a month in short spurts. To save money I have signed up for Kindle Unlimited and I love it! For less than $10 a month I can check out as many books as I want from their list of books. Not all of their books are included, but I have never had a hard time finding something to read. This list is a mix of books that are currently offered as Kindle Unlimited, these offerings can change at any time.
For: Any mom with a teenage daughter
Why I love this book: My daughter is still very young, but I know one day in the not too distant future I will be dealing with lots of teenage angst in my home. I loved this book because it felt so authentic and I really felt for both the mother and the daughter, I feel like it is so hard for many authors to capture the delicate relationship of mothers and daughters, especially when a teenager is involved. The way the author wrote this story you really feel for each character. I won’t lie, I finished this book in less than a day, it’s a really easy read.
For: Any conspiracy theorist
Why I love this book: I’m not sure if I love this book, but I really liked it. The book is about a family that disappears without a trace and the search to find them. It is not at all what I thought it would be, but it did keep my interest. It’s a solid read, but be prepared for the story to branch off in an unexpected way.
The Game You Played
For: Someone who loves a good mystery
Why I love this book: This book had so many twists and turns, I stayed up way too late trying to finish it the other night. The author skillfully gives you just enough information as the story unwinds to keep you guessing. The focus of the story is a toddler who disappeared, six months after his disappearance his parents start receiving mysterious notes about him. It sounds like a story that has been told countless times, but nothing is as it seems in this book. I can usually figure out who the culprit is in books fairly easily, but not with this book! The ending was a total surprise to me and it really kept me on my toes.
When I’m Gone
For: Someone who loves a sentimental story
Why I love this book: This book really resonated with me for many reasons. It’s a beach read and is very easy to read. The story revolves around a recent widower and his young family. One day he begins receiving letters from his deceased wife and starts the journey to figure out who is sending them. Along the way he discovers a side to his wife that he never knew and learns more about his past as well. I won’t lie, I cried at a few different parts of this book. It is extremely sweet and has enough of a “mystery” to make it interesting.
The Light of the Fireflies
For: Someone who can enjoy a slightly twisted story
Why I love this book: I have such mixed feelings about this book. I love the first 95% of it, but the last few pages left me wishing for a slightly different ending. However, I could not put this book down which is why it’s on my list. The story revolves around a family in an underground bunker, all members of the family are scarred from a horrible fire years before. The only character who is not scarred is a young boy, he is the protagonist in the story and it is told from his point of view. Very slowly, he starts asking questions about why his family lives underground and the truth is revealed throughout the book. The author did a great job slowly parceling out information so the reader has to really wonder what is fact vs. fiction for a majority of the book. The ending is a bit disturbing, so if you are looking for a light read this is probably not the book for you.