Guest Post by Laurie:
My Top 10 Reads
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Loved Gone Girl and while this one isn’t quite as good, it was well worth reading. It’s the story of the brutal murder of a family. One little girl survives and testifies against her brother. Years later, she is convinced to revisit the crime to determine if he was truly guilty. Typical Flynn, so many twists and turns you never quite see it coming.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I loved everything about this one. It’s a beautiful story about survival and finding love. I loved the meaning of the flowers and just the beautiful way it is written. This is my most often recommended book this year.
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. I love all of her books and this one is really great. Many years ago, Laurel witnesses her mother commit a terrible crime during a family picnic. Morton takes you back in time to understand the events . Lots of plot twists in this one too.
One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf – This is the story of a school shooting told from many different perspectives – the students, the parents, the police, the teachers. It hits very close to home in the wake of Newton but was very well written and worth reading.
The Hate List by Jennifer Brown. Valerie and Nick have been bullied and belittled by their classmates. Valerie starts a hate list – a list of everyone she feels has wronged her in some way… from her parents, to teachers to fellow students. One day, Nick goes a little crazy and opens fire in the school cafeteria, Valerie is implicated in the shooting when police realize all the victims were on The Hate List. This is a story of healing and redemption.
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppal. This is the story of the wives behind the men who had the Right Stuff. It’s a fascinating read and all true. I learned a lot and, as a military wife, could relate to so much of what the astronaut wives went through. A great read.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Aliens invade and almost wipe out the human species. The survival of humanity depends on finding a military genius capable of defeating the “buggers”. Enter Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battleschool. Here he trains with others like himself, competing in a series of contests until he realizes that maybe it’s more than just a game.
The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorrant. The true story of the dogs terrorized and trained to fight by Michael Vick’s “bad newz” dog fighting. It’s the story of a monster, but it is also the story of what love can do and how it heals.
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover - Sky meets bad boy Holder under strange circumstances. From the beginning there is an attraction between them. They grow closer and closer until they realize that there is a horrible secret between them. Will their love be able to conquer their past?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene. The Fault in our Stars made my laugh, cry, hope, despair and everything in between. It's a story about love and it's a story about death but most of all, it's a celebration of life. This book reminded me of how temporal our lives truly are and to appreciate every day and every person I love now, today because you just never know when the story will drop off mid sentence.
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