Summer Books

This past year I’ve started reading for fun again! I hate to say it, but I don’t think I’ve truly read for fun since 6th grade when I fell in love with “The Lighting Thief” series. Required reading in high school (except for Mrs. Goodwin’s class – hands down the best English teacher ever) and the first couple years in undergrad drained me.

Thankfully, I’m slowly getting back into the whole reading thing again. It started out back in Waco when I worked at preschool during their nap time and continued in Boston as I found myself bored on the Subway. Luckily, since it’s summer and I have some free time, I’ve been running up to Outlook Park to read outside in the 75 degree weather.

I thought it be fun to share some of the books I read this summer! Before I begin, I must warn you that I love a good suspense novel. Love stories are great and all, but if there is a little mystery in there – I’m sold! Sooooo if you’re not into the murder mystery scene, my first 3 recommendations probably aren’t for you! Take a peek at the last two.

I started out by reading the Mary Higgins Clark books my dad gave me for Christmas. Yes, Christmas! Sadly, they’ve been sitting on my bookshelf for that long.

Here we go – my summer book review:


Where are the Children? | Mary Higgins Clark

This book is set in Cape Cod so it was a fun read after Garrett and I took a trip down there. I literally couldn’t put this book down and finished it in two days. I love Mary Higgins Clark’s style of writing where each chapter is about a different person in the story. She writes suspense novels so towards the end you know how the community can solve the mystery BUT no one thinks their info is important and they aren’t sharing with one another. It really adds to drama. I highly recommend if you like mystery/suspense.


A Stranger is Watching | Mary Higgins Clark

This book is written in the same style as her previous book, “Where are the Children?” It’s so suspenseful – you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat. It’s set in New York/Connecticut and gets you wondering about underground twists and turns in Grand Central Station. Another great read.


The Cradle Will Fall | Mary Higgins Clark

If your wondering why, I read so many Mary Higgins Clark books it’s because I got this book with three complete novels. In comparison to the previous to books, this was the longest and my least favorite. Don’t get me wrong, it’s another well-written intriguing book. I just detested the “bad guy” so much. It was a love-hate relationship. I don’t want to read about this guy anymore but I MUST know what happens.


The Ocean Liner | Marius Gabriel

This August Garrett accidentally subscribed to Amazon Kindle Unlimited. I took advantage of the mistake and added “The Ocean Liner” to my line up. It’s a fictional book based on the Manhattan (an american ocean liner) leaving Europe during WWII. Even though I usually fave in love books during the WWII time period, this book was just okay. I didn’t really get into it until the last 75 pages. However, I’m thankful I choose to read this novel because it got me intrigued about the Kennedy’s – especially JFK’s sister, Rosemary.


Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life | Jenna Bush Hagar & Barbara Pierce Bush

Wow – what a book! I can not recommend this read enough! I laughed. I cried. Literally felt every emotion. I’m so thankful they choose to share these stories with us. I loved  reading about all their {extremely} different seasons of life from Midland to New York. Their childhood stories made me smile and cherish family, while their accounts as first daughters provided me with a whole new perspective on war, 9/11 and politics. I now recognize their is a family that stands behind all the major political decisions our country makes and to them it’s personal. Overall, I learned that the Bush and Welch family truly live out what it means to love one another with all your heart, soul, and mind. Favorite book of the summer.

I also linked some of the goods books I read for fun this past year.

A Hundred Summers | Beatriz Williams <– one of my favorites by far!

The Woman in Cabin 10 | Ruth Ware

Grace Not Perfection | Emily Ley

It Ends with Us | Colleen Hoover

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary: A Maggie Hope Mystery | Susan Ellen MacNeal

Princess Elizabeth’s Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery | Susan Ellen MacNeal

I’m looking for some more good books to read. Let me know y’alls favorites!

Happy Reading!

Brooke Suzanne

“Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” – Psalms 119:105

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