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Monday, July 27, 2015

What I'm Reading

Sorry for the radio silence this past week. My sisters and I took a quick vacation to Las Vegas for a couple of days. Head over to my Instagram to check out some snaps of our trip! 
It's always during the summer, laying by the pool that I find myself reaching for a good book. This summer has been no different. My mom, sisters and I have been swapping our favorite books around this summer, reading any recommendations each other have. So I thought I would share with you a few of our favorites, those ones we just can't put down.

We can't get enough of Jojo Moyes lately. All of her books just have that something about them that makes you want to keep reading. The books are not a series, so you can pick which ever one interests you the most. One of my favorites so far has been The Girl You Left Behind. 

It takes place in Paris, 1916. Sophie Lefèvre must keep her family safe while her adored husband, Édouard, fights at the front. When their town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Sophie is forced to serve them every evening at her hotel. From the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie’s portrait—painted by her artist husband—a dangerous obsession is born, one that will lead Sophie to make a dark and terrible decision. Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before his sudden death. After a chance encounter reveals the portrait’s true worth, a battle begins over its troubled history and Liv’s world is turned upside all over again.

A life of such extravagance, it's hard to even comprehend it at some points. This book is the perfect summer read to take your mind to another world completely. 

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. 
 On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

Summer equals vacations, am I right? For some of us that is. So a book that follows a family as they take their summer vacation is just what those who aren't traveling this summer need to transport them to the vacation mindset. 

For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: Over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.
This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying tale of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole.

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