Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Good Summer Read -- Light and Easy

As a mom who loves reading, sometimes when my head hits the pillow at night I am so tired that the last thing I want to do is read to shut my brain off from the work and parenting day. All I want to do is sleep.

Before having a child, I read a lot. In fact, much of that time on reading was on James Patterson novels. However, I read too many in a row and would start to have nightmares and wake my husband, who then banned me from not reading Patterson books in a row without a book break with another type or style in between. So, rather than take a break from Patterson all together, I started to weave in some Chick Lit, a type of fiction that addresses issues of modern womanhood with humor and a more laid back approach. I have to tell you, there is something to be said about light reading with no pretense. This was very welcoming.

I have even become more involved in reading Chick Lit including authors such as Jane Green, Lauren Wiesberger and Emily Giffin, just to name a few, more so than I have with crime fiction.

Much of this new approach to reading had to do with time being available and to be able to focus on a good read without as much available time watching my daughter in the water at the beach, not commuting to work anymore (which thankfully I don’t really have to do any more with my great job that enables me to work from home) and the plethora of after school or camp activities.

Therefore, when I do read, I do have to find something that grabs me. I do get pulled in by a cover, but if the summary either on the book jacket or back cover doesn’t catch my fancy, then I put it down.

As a blogger, recently, I was offered an opportunity to read a new Jane Green novel titled Summer Secrets.  At first I thought, I don’t have time but then read the summary and was hooked. Green has done it again, she has grabbed my interest and am now reading this novel, which is engaging, charming and an easy read.

So, while my speed is a bit slow in reading this book due to time, I have to say that after reading two other fiction books about 30 pages in for each and having to put them down, I am still going strong on this new read, and am nearly halfway through.  I am invested in the characters. While it’s obviously predictable, it’s good story telling with seemingly attractive visuals that I would like to be on Nantucket too right now.

If you are looking for an easy and light read that allows you to turn off your life and become devoted to the main characters that are strong female leads, then this is a book for you. It is a great summer read and one I encourage. It’s necessary to shut off parenting and work, and other activities, and invest in your interests. Why not do so with this book?

Disclosure: I was fortunate to receive a complimentary copy of this book to read and share a blog, and post my experience and recommendation on social media. I would be happy to share this book with the first reader who reaches out and would like to give it a go as well.

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