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5 Books You Should Read Before Summer Ends

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By: Sarah Kalvaitis

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If you are anything like me, summer is the time to chill out on a beach, backyard pool, or even on the train ride home from work to catch up on fun books to read.  Sometimes with work and school you’re dealing with a lot of heavy, hard, and, quite frankly, not very fun things to read.  So here is my list of Top 5 enjoyable and simple bucket list books to read while you still have some spare time this summer!

1. “End of Watch” (Bill Hodges Series #3) by Stephen King

This is the amazing finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with  Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers—In End of Watch. The diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to commit suicide and if retired police detective Bill Hodges and his partner Holly Gibney do not figure out a way to stop the killer, they will end up being victims themselves.

2. “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes

If you’ve seen the movie or not, this is an awesome romance novel that’s also a New York Times Bestseller.  Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl that lives an ordinary life—with a steady boyfriend, close family, and never leaving her small village—her life is all but ordinary after she takes a much needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe, Will Traynor, who always lived and extraordinary life doing worldwide travel and extreme sports until he became wheelchair bound after an accident.  This book brings together two people who couldn’t have less in common that makes you ask, what do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

3. “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur

If you like poetry, or even if you don’t, you should check out this collection of poetry and prose that is about survival.  It talks about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.  Each of the four chapters deals with a different pain but at the same time heals a different heartache.  This collection takes readers through the bitter sweet journey of life.

4. “You are a Bad Ass” by Jen Sincero

This is a “self-help book for people who desperately want to improve their lives but don’t want to get busted doing it.”  In her 27 small chapters, Sincero manages to express hilarious yet inspiring stories and give sage advice, along with giving easy exercises to help you identify and change any self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that you might have.  By the time you are finished reading this book you will know why you are the way that you are, how to love yourself, how to change what you don’t love, and how to kick some ass!

5. “Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

No one can quite understand romance in today’s day and age.  I’m a millennial and I still find it hard to comprehend most of the time.  With emojis and Tinder, what even is a real date?  Well, comedian Aziz Ansari and NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg teamed up to design a huge research project that includes hundreds of interviews and focus groups to analyze to create their own online research forum on Reddit that drew thousands of messages that gives the reader a humorous yet cutting-edge social science approach to the romantic world of today’s generation.

Hope you enjoy! Leave a comment below if you have any book suggestions.

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