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summer reading list

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i have been on a MAJOR reading kick lately (by lately i mean like the past year haha) but i’ve taken it up another notch now that it’s summer and we’re going to the pool and lake more often! i always LOVE chatting book recommendations with friends so today i wanted to round up the fiction books i’ve read and loved recently!

side note – i feel like you always have to take people’s book recommendations with a grain of salt haha. personally, i don’t love like science fiction or magical type of books (ie: harry potter or books like that. i know. don’t come at me lol just being honest). SO my book style might be totally different than yours. i tend to like realistic books, not too cheesy, not too dark. i like suspense, mystery etc. so, here ya go….my 2023 summer reading list!

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recommended to me

firefly lane by kristin hannah

anytime i ask people for book recommendations on IG this is one of the top recommended books! i will say…it was LONG like it took me a while to get through it, and it wasn’t necessarily the most like suspenseful / gripping novel. BUT definitely worth reading and i really liked it! i liked the storyline and kristin hannah is a great author so it was really well written! i’d give this book a 3.5 out of 5!

the last thing he told me by laura dave

i’m including this in my summer reads list because it is a HIGHLY recommended book and they just made a show about it too. but i’m not gonna lie…i didn’t love it. including it for y’all though because i know a ton of people who did. i personally found this book to be really slow and anti-climactic in the end. the book is about a woman searching for truth about her husband’s disappearance. the plot was interesting but i felt like how the story was told was really slow. i’d give this book a 2.5 out of 5 (don’t @ me haha just sharing my opinion!)

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best thriller/murder mystery

flicker in the dark by stacy willingham

okay this book was a little scary i’m not gonna lie haha. especially because i usually read at night before i fall asleep so this one gave me a little bit of anxiety lol BUT it was SO GOOD! very much a murder mystery thriller type of book that will leave you on the edge of your seat. i’d give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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best read so far

the good sister by sally hepworth

this book was recommended to me by friend lindy who also works on the LKS team and omg i LOVED It / read it SO fast! i am now obsessed with the author and already reading one of her other books because i loved the good sister so much. it was a mystery type of book with such an interesting storyline but not dark or scary at all. another one where i really didn’t see the ending coming and i love how it incorporated some romance + love without being too cheesy. i give this a 5/5!

since i loved the good sister so much, i started reading the mother-in-law by the same author when we were in mexico. i’m a little over half way through and love it already.

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what are some fiction books you’ve read lately and loved?! i’m always looking to add to my summer reading list!

thanks for reading!

 

xo Lauren

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