SUMMER READING LIST

I have always loved reading as a kid but haven't been reading nearly as much as I would like to in the past few years. Reading in college was difficult with studying and homework (or going out too much) but now that I'm a couple years out of college I've been trying to dedicate more time to get back into reading. My favorite genre, which would come as no surprise to anyone that knows me, is anything twisted, suspenseful, and thrilling. The more messed up a book is the more I will like it.
If this is your type of genre as well check out my list of recommendations below!
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1. 'Boy, 9, Missing' by Nic Joseph. My most recent read!  This book hooked me from the very first page as it describes the traumatic event of 9 year old Lucas drowning in a bathtub while his parents were downstairs hosting a dinner party 23 years ago. His parents had a couple over along with their 10 year old son, Sam. Lucas' brother, Francis, was 11 at the time, and is the narrator of the story in present time. Was this tragedy and accident or a murder? In court, this was ruled an accident, however, 10 year old Sam who first notified the adults of finding Lucas in the bathtub never said a single word - not in court, not in public, etc. Lucas' parents, seeking justice for their son, were convinced he was guilty and hiding something. Their lives were shattered after this night. Now, 23 years later, Sam's 9 year old son is missing. Are the two tragedies related? If so... how... and why? This is a pretty quick read filled with twists and turns. AND THIS ENDING IS ONE YOU'D NEVER SEE COMING!!! Everything comes full circle. Literally when I finished this book I said out loud to Matt, "Shit, this was good."







2. Dark Places' by Gillian Flynn. I bought this book immediately after I read Gone Girl because it had great reviews and was by the same author! This was also a really quick read as I couldn't put the book down once I started. This books main character, Libby Day was 7 years old when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.”As her family lay dying, Libby managed to escape that freezing winter night. She testified that her (at the time) fifteen year old brother was guilty of the crime. Twenty five years later, her brother Ben sits in prison. When Libby is approached by "The Kill Club" - a handful of members obsessed with notorious crimes, who are set on freeing Ben - she decides to make a profit from this club by reconnecting with people from her past. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.









3. 'Intensity' by Dean Koontz. This book is probably the most twisted and messed up book out of this entire list and I absolutely LOVED it. It's a pretty old book (published in 1995) that I randomly stumbled upon at my library. The main character and heroine, Chyna Shephard, is a college student visiting the family of her good friend for a weekend. What Chyna thought was going to be a fun and relaxing weekend turned into pure hell when a serial killer breaks into the house at night and brutally murders every single member of the family. Realizing the killer had raped but not yet killed her dear friend, Chyna has to move fast as the killer is hauling the girl into his RV. Chyna decides to jump into the vehicle in hopes of trying to save her friend.

This book is so twisted and has a fantastic ending.








4. 'Defending Jacob' by William Landry. Are some people simply born as murderers? Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for more than twenty years when a shocking crime shatters their town: his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. As the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own between loyalty and justice, between the truth and allegation, between a past he's tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive. The plot thickens with each page turn and has a fantastic ending.
This book is so good that - I kid you not - I messaged the author on Facebook telling him how much I enjoyed this book.








5. 'The Good Girl' by Mary Kubica. I found this book when looking up books similar to Gone Girl on Pinterest. I actually read this sometime last year but it was great so I definitely would recommend this to anyone looking for a good thriller. The book circles around Mia Dennett, daughter to a prominent judge and his socialite wife. Mia, who works as a inner city school as an art teacher, never seemed to fit in with the expectations of her parents.
One night, Mia goes to a bar to meet her on-again off-again boyfriend but when he doesn't show up she ends up leaving with a handsome and smooth talking stranger - Colin Thatcher. This one night stand takes a turn to be the worst mistake in Mia's life as Colin has been hired to abduct Mia as a part of a wild extortion plot. This is a kidnapping gone wrong as Colin unexpectedly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin instead, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia's mother teams up to work with a detective and they will stop at nothing to find Mia but no one would ever predict the events that transpire that will cause this family's world to shatter.




Happy Reading!
Always,
Allie

52 comments

  1. Oh my what a great reading list! The first one sounds amazing, I need to check it out.

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  2. I need to pick up a good thriller book! That's something that's outside of the genre I typically read!

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    1. I should probably try another genre too, haha!

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  3. Not gonna lie all these books look so scary but I might barrow Dark Places from my mom because of you aha & also blame any nightmares on you!!

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    1. Hahaha! Dark Places is probably the least scary of the bunch!! :)

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  4. These all look like good reads, I am currently trying to finish "The Darkest Corners" !

    Camila,
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    1. I'm going to add that to my list!! Thanks :)

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  5. Nice list! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thanks for the tips!

    Federica
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  7. I have to say that I do struggle to find any spare time to read books with both, running the blog and day job. Thank you for sharing

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  8. These all sound like great reads!! I definitely need to make more time to read because there's so many amazing books out there!

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  9. Great post, thanks for sharing :) these books sound interesting and I will have to check them out!

    Camille xo

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  10. Checking these out!! I need a new book to read! These look sooo interesting! :)

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    1. Yessss, you will not be disappointed!! :)

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  11. I need some summer reads. Thanks for sharing!

    Amy Ann
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  12. I'm adding some of these books to my reading list!

    Jennifer
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  13. Great books, adding to my list1

    X Merel
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  14. thanks for the tips, I want to read them all!

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  15. I was literally just on amazon trying to find new books for my kindle - perfect timing!
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    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

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  16. Some truly fab recommendations here hun, great for those summer evening reading sessions! :) Thank you for sharing. <3 xoxo

    Kay
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  17. So many great titles! Thanks for recommending these!
    ~Samantha
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  18. Love your list, I love reading twisted stories too! They all are so intriguing :)

    xx
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  19. I love thrillers and murder mysteries! I tried to get through Dark Places but I couldn't handle the cutting stuff. I love all of her other books! Thanks for the new recs!

    District of Chic

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    1. I seriously thought the same about Dark Places!!

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  20. Quite a few of these are on my amazon wishlist! Thanks for the reviews!!
    Have a great day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Too funny! I hope you get to read them :)

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  21. Oooh these all sounds really great, I'm not sure which one I should start with haha great post babe <3

    XO, Jessi
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  22. great selection of books my love , thanks for sharing
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  23. These books all sound amazing! I like books that about crime and mystery. I added all this to my GoodReads account so I will not forget it :)

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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  24. I NEED to get back into reading!
    I haven't read any of these books but maybe I should change that!

    Steph
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    1. Ah, I feel the same way! I try to make time but it's not easy!

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  25. I've got The Good Girl on my reading list! I will need to check out the rest as well :)

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

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  26. Thank you for the inspiration! Sounds amazing! <3

    X Merel
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