Summer Reading Recommendations

Summer Reading Recommendations From Our Resident Book Worm

It is no secret that I am an avid reader.  On a subconscious level, I blame LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow.  For what it’s worth, I also blame LeVar Burton for turning me into a Trekkie (which is awesome, by the way).  So, really, what I’m saying is that I’m a nerd and I fully embrace my nerdom.  There. I said it.  Wow, that felt good.

But I digress.  I was talking about reading.  I love books.  And to that end, I have also recently discovered  It’s a great site where you can rate the books you’ve read, create a “To Read” list for the ones you haven’t, stalk your friends to find out what books they’re reading, and get reviews about books from readers all over the world.  Yes, GoodReads is to books what MySpace was (is?) to music.

Is anyone even still using MySpace?

I’m digressing again, aren’t I?  Anyway, between GoodReads and my Kindle, I’ve discovered a few books that you might like to add to your summer reading lists.  Here they are, in no particular order:

This Is Our Story by Wendi Adelson

Told in a three-person perspective, This Is Our Story is a novel about human trafficking.  It is a very quick read and brings to light the growing problem of the human sex trade and illegal servitude in the United States in the 21st Century.  Author Adelson, a professor of law at Florida State University, specializes in scholarship in this area of the law and has created composite characters based on very real events happening in our own backyards.

The Professor by Cathy Perkins

This fast-paced debut novel from author Cathy Perkins is a murder-romance-thriller set in a small South Carolina college town.  College coeds from around the Southeast are being kidnapped and murdered in growing numbers.  Is there a connection between these crimes, and will graduate student Meg be next … or will handsome police detective Mick save the day?

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Where to begin? This book combines the best of history, historical fiction, and … wait for it … vampires.  Grahame-Smith has taken creative license with the life of our beloved 16th president in a most delightful way.  In this book, Abraham Lincoln battles vampires and makes it his life’s work to eradicate the blood-thirsty monsters from the United States.

You should totally read this book.  All the cool kids are doing it (and when you’re done, you can read Grahame-Smith’s other best-seller, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  Yes, I’m serious.).  Besides, Honest Abe will be kicking vampire butt all over the silver screen when the movie version comes to theaters this summer.  Think of how smug you will look when you tell fellow moviegoers (in an ironic, hipster way), “Oh. I read the book.”  Do it.

(It goes without saying that if you haven’t read The Hunger Games, The Millenium Triology, or the ongoing A Song of Fire and Ice series, that, by all means, you really have a lot of catching up to do!)


Serving up craft ideas, event ideas, and general dry wit, Abbey enjoys travel, cooking, and spending time with family, friends, and her cocker spaniel. She also has a collection of license plates reflecting the several states where she has resided. If you have a question about, well, anything, Abbey can usually find the answer. She loves planning trips, volunteer work, crafting, cooking, and learning new things to share with the Live Pretty audience.

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