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Summer Reading

As usual, my summer has been filled with reading.  I still can’t figure out why the bulk of my reading happens this time of year, but it’s been great sticking my nose into far away lives.  Perhaps it’s the distraction from my own chaos.  Perhaps it’s fuel for my creative mind.  Perhaps it’s because I joined a book club.  Regardless, I am happy filling my days with gripping pages and day dreaming of something other than myself.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
I had no idea what this book was about.  It was a book club selection and I started reading before I even thought to read the description.  I kind of found this exciting since I had no idea what to expect.  Was this a romance?  A thriller?  A documentary?  The writing style was a little bit bouncy and was sometimes confusing because it would switch point of views and time of life so sometimes I had to look back to previous chapters to remember when the events were happening.  I also started getting annoyed at the poor me and self destruction of the main character.  I’m not a fan of alcoholics in real life so it comes as no surprise that this alcoholic would also annoy me.  Put the booze down and take control of your life already!  Even though several parts of the story seemed to drag on and on, there were certainly gripping twists and plenty of surprises.  I’m not sure I can rave along with the rest of the reviews but it wasn’t the worst piece I’ve ever read either.  You decide.

Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz
Oh Dean Koontz, how you terrify me!  This next chapter in the Odd Thomas saga did not disappoint.  If you haven’t read any of the Odd Thomas books, this is a tale of a guy from Pico Mundo, California who has special abilities and destined to fight against true evil.  Each book takes you on his journey, building upon each previous story as you go.  This book is the second to last in the series and the loose ends begin to come together, exposing the depth of underlying terror and heightening the suspense that goes beyond what you could ever imagine.  At times, this particular chapter left me grasped in prolonged terror where I wished they would get to it already!  But that is the beauty of Dean Koontz.  He always has a way of scaring the crap out of you while begging for more.

Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham
Another book club pick that I just finished.  I started reading this on the airplane to Dallas and couldn’t put it down.  A totally relateable story and I was instantly sucked in.  This is a story of three kids, all abandoned in one way or another, who form a special bond.  As they grow up, relationships form and life happens.  There is love, sadness, and twists that you would never suspect.  You hope for a happy ending and though it’s not what you expect, it reflects real life.  I loved this book and wasn’t disappointed.

Other books I’m currently reading….

Saint Odd by Dean Koontz   The final book of the series.  I am excited and sad all at the same time because as we have been informed all along, the stories of Odd Thomas were published after his death.  Loosing Odd will be sad but I can not wait to find out the underlying details of what has really been going on..

Imagine the Life You’d Love to Live, Then Live It by Peg Conley
I met this delightful woman on the airplane coming home from Wisconsin in May.  I believe I was destined to meet her and this is the book she wrote.  I love it!  A guide to dreaming big and making those dreams come true.  I recommend this book to everyone.  I’m not quite finished yet but so far it has been life changing!!


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