Wednesday, May 30, 2012

3 Quick Summer Reads On The Nook

Every summer, I find myself "junk" reading for the first few weeks of the summer.  I guess my mind needs a bit of a break.

This year's choices were based entirely on cost.  I haven't been to the library yet, so I bought two of these for probably about $4.00 total and the other was free.  (Big spender, I know.)

Oh, and I have to confess that I had to go back and look at them to remember the character's names--and on one of them, the storyline.  My memory isn't great, so you might take that into consideration.  But, this is your reader beware!

On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves.  I liked this first read of the summer.  A teacher is tutoring a young cancer patient for the summer, when the plane they are in crashes.  (His family had gone ahead to Belize or some exotic location, and they were joining up with them.)  They end up stranded on a deserted island.  Besides the challenge of trying to survive, the teacher also worries the student's cancer will return.  Their survival depends on their intelligence and their ability to physically and psychologically endure.  This will never be one of the great novels of all time, but it interested me enough that I had trouble putting it down.

Pillow Talk by Freya North.  Barnes and Noble has one selection a week that their members can download for free.  This was one.  The story is set in London, where Petra is a sleep walker by night and a jeweler by day. Her sleep walking is extreme and is wrecking her life.  Essentially, the story is Petra's rising career, her love life, and her coming to discover how the sleep walking started to begin with.  Again, another read that I couldn't put down.

One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake.  This was another inexpensive purchase.  I guess I was in the mood for beach stories this summer.  After a painful divorce, Jenny heads back to her hometown and her parent's house on the lake.  She's always been the "perfect" girl.  The community still sees her that way, and then she ends up helping to hide a dying criminal.  This was probably my least favorite of the three, and I still couldn't put it down either.  (Maybe that was because I was on a 22 hour car trip???)

If you are a summer reader, one of these books might be just what you are looking for.  You won't feel more intelligent after reading them, but you might have a few hours of entertainment where you can shut out the world around you.  And for me, that is what the summer "junk" reading is about.

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