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Summer is the best time for reading, don’t you think? Closely tied, of course, with autumn, winter, and spring… 😉
For almost all of the 25 years of my life, I have been a voracious reader…burning through book after book, with an ever growing TBR (to-be-read) list. Most recently, I have finished the widespread bestseller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. (Connect with me on Goodreads!)
Overall, Gone Girl is a VERY exciting read — I finished the majority of the book in less than 48 hours. Ms. Flynn’s writing is genius in this setting; providing vague details and clues to play with readers’ expectations.
Following multiple timelines between the POVs of a husband and wife pair, the reader is swept up on a high-speed roller coaster of a story, trying to constantly predict upcoming drama and characters’ next moves…always to be outwitted by the detail of Flynn’s story. Actually, for much of the time I was reading this book, I had to remind myself that this was fiction and NOT a true crime novel. Ms. Flynn has truly done her homework. In my opinion — coming from someone who usually avoids literature fads — if you’re a fan of crime novels or “whodunnit” mysteries, you should definitely consider jumping on the Gone Girl bandwagon.
Next up for me — Voyager(Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon. (That should keep me sufficiently occupied for a while…) Have you read the Outlander series? If not…do that. If so…GREAT, let’s be friends! And if you’re reading one now (like me), make sure to join in the Knitmore Girls’ Outlander read-a-long on their Ravelry board!
Books I Can’t Wait for You to Read:
On a different, yet related, note — if you’ve ever listened to the podcast The Books on the Nightstand, (and if you haven’t go check it out ASAP!), you may be familiar with their segment called “Books I Can’t Wait for You to Read.” One of my favorite ways of finding new books to read is by gathering suggestions of other people’s favorite books…so here are a few of mine:
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
Because…well, you already know why.
- The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.
Do you like Downton Abbey? Of course you do. Now, what would you say to a Downton Abbey themed murder mystery? Yeah, that’s what I said too. Honestly, Kate Morton is by far one of my favorite authors, so I would highly recommend all of her books…but The House at Riverton is a really great place to start. Morton specializes in historical fiction drama/mysteries and, let me tell you, she rocks it. She’s got four books currently published, with a fifth on the way soon! CAN’T WAIT! 🙂
- A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin.
Kind of beating a kind of dead, but still very much alive, horse at this point…because if you haven’t heard about GoT yet, where have you been?? But here is my suggestion: if you have never read the books or watched the series, read Book #1 (Game of Thrones), THEN watch the whole series. I’m very glad I read the first book to get a feel for the story; but after watching the show, I don’t feel any urgency to read the rest of the books — even though I’m sure they’re excellent…I just have a lot of other things on my TBR list. (Please don’t stone me for saying that if you’re a huge GoT fan…! Just one blogger’s opinion here. 😛 )
- The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.
I’ve talked briefly already about my undying love for The Winter Sea, but this one definitely tops my list of all time favs. The Winter Sea is another historical fiction novel, (can you tell what my favorite genre is yet?), with dual-timelines, a look back at British royal history, and a killer romantic storyline. Plus, it takes place in England in the shadow of an ancient castle…*sigh*
- Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
Again, kind of a been there done that…but if you haven’t picked up this series yet, get on it! Though I’m only two books into the series currently, it is not hard to see why these books are such timeless historical-fiction classics. Gabaldon takes her readers on a wonderful adventure.
I could, of course, talk all day about my favorite books…this is just scratching the surface. But these are definitely some of my top favorites — and hopefully one of them could be a favorite of yours some day too. 🙂
What is your all-time favorite book?