I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this a time or six hundred, but I am a total BOOK NERD! I absolutely love to read and decided to share my must read book list with you all! My summer reading time is slipping away quickly as I prepare to head back to teaching third grade reading! For those of you who aren’t teachers, however, you have another month of glorious summer left to enjoy a good book. So without further adieu, I present to you
Mrs. Pennington’s Summer 2017 Must Read Book List
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Trailer Trash by Denise Grover Swank
Denise Grover Swank is probably my favorite author of all time! A few summers ago I discovered 28 and a Half Wishes as a free download on iBooks. I couldn’t put the book down! Then I realized there were sequels! Let’s just say I was zombified for at least a week. I highly recommend the Rose Gardner Mysteries series as a starting point. My favorite of this summer, though, was Trailer Trash. This story’s main character is a leading character in the Rose Gardner series. Neely Kate take the spotlight in this book (first in a new series by DGS!). I loved this book because it was so real and raw–a real story of facing a less than perfect past!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve most likely heard about “Chip and Jo-Jo”! Chip and Joanna Gaines are stars of the HGTV hit show Fixer Upper. The show title says it all! The husband and wife duo flips homes for clients in the Waco, Texas area. There is beauty in every home they flip, but their story is also a beautiful one! This was such a great book full of love, family, humor, and real life! I especially loved all the color photos in the hardback copy that I bought!
Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
This book came across my Amazon Prime reading suggestion list and I downloaded it without actually reading the synopsis. Once I opened it on my phone and began reading, I couldn’t stop! This book is full of twists, turns, emotions and mystery. Join main character Aimee on her mysterious quest to overcome the grief of losing her beloved fiancee. Plus, what amazing book doesn’t have a great sequel?! I have yet to read Everything We Left Behind, but it’s the follow up book and is next on my list!
Set in 1944, this courageous story of friends Scarlett, Ellie and Lucy is my current page-turner! I’m about 50% through this book currently and can.not.stop.reading! These three unlikely friends join the war effort for many different reasons. Their determination and courage keep them close. I’ll update on this one as soon as I finish!
*Update–this is one of my favorite reads ever! Be ready for all kinds of twists and turns. That’s all I’m going to say.
Don’t even be thinking, “Oh, I watched the movie.”! This book is an oldie but goody for me. I’ve read Water for Elephants 3 times! I’m a sucker for elephants, for one, but this story is full of adventure, thrills, romance, and more! Every time I read it I want MORE! And because I love Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, you have my permission to watch the movie, but the book is ALWAYS better! Read it first!
Last, but definitely not least, I’d like to throw in a shameless plug for my sister-in-law, Danielle Haas! She’s written a beautiful 3 book series that I was honored to beta read and just could not get enough of, and is working on her fourth novel! If all goes well, you’ll see her published work one day soon! Until then, check out her blog!
This summer was full of more vacations than usual, so less reading than I like to admit! I have plenty for in my line up, though! Be sure to grab a few of these and let me know your thoughts! Keep your eye out for my list of favorite books for middle grades, as rated by my little guys Max and Charlie!
What are your “must read” books? Share in the comments! I’m always looking for new material!
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