1. Heist Society by Ally Carter
I’ve actually read this one before, but when I was looking up a synopsis (I forgot what happened but I wanted to read the second one) I found that it might become a movie. So I decided I need to reread it so I can properly review it in case it does get made into a movie.
2. The Body by Stephen King
This is actually a novella from Stephen King’s collection Different Seasons that was later adapted into the movie Stand By Me. I love Stand By Me but didn’t know it was based on a book until after I read. After a little digging I found this novella and now I just have to actually get myself a copy and finally read it.
3. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
I love baseball and since my Red Sox are sucking big time this season, I need a positive release for all my built up baseball love. This is the story about a college baseball star who gets injured; and consequently five lives are are set off course. It sounds like The Five People You Meet in Heaven meets baseball so I’m into it.
4. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
This will be a late summer read since it’s not due to be published until September 1…but I will most definitely read it soon as I can get my hands on it. This is the first of a new Disney YA series (yes, a Disney YA series!) called Twisted Tales. Each book is going to be a different Disney story retold with one major change in the story. The first book is the story of Aladdin (ALADDIN!) if Jafar got the lamp first. I can barely contain my excitement.
5. The Knockoff: A Novel by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Reading the synopsis of this screams summer read to me. It sounds like the chick lit version of the chick flick 13 Going on 30.
6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This seems like it might be a little heavy for a “summer read” (it has to do with a blind child, Nazi-era Paris and the Hitler Youth) but I just got it as a birthday gift and it sounds really interesting. It won the Goodreads Choice Award for best Historical Fiction novel in 2014 so I’m hoping it’s as good as everyone says.
7. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. “I have no soul” Martin
This was my next book to read until I watched the Game of Thrones season 5 finale and George Remorselessly Ruthless Martin once again managed to ruin my life. That’s not me being dramatic, it’s just a testament to how much my TV shows, movies and books affect my wellbeing (and how mentally unbalanced I may be). Regardless, I cannot read this book knowing what deaths will happen not only in this book but in later books as well. If what happened at the end of season 5 is not rectified at the start of next season I might stop watching. Or, if the next book is published before the next season starts then I might read the next three books at lightning speed so I can see if Martin does as many predict and save one of the most beloved characters.
8. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter…?
So, apparently I read the second book in the Heist Society series. I thought I only read the first one, but one look at the synopsis and my Goodreads shelves reveal otherwise. I remember this one a lot better than I remember the first one, soon as I read what it was about it all came flooding back to me. Although I still want to read the third one (the only one I haven’t read, apparently) so I’ll probably reread this one too because something in my DNA won’t allow me to read them: 1, 2, 1, 3…I need to keep it chronological.
9. Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
Well I’ve got to read the third installment of Heist Society after I’ve reread the first two. Even though I really like the first two and will probably enjoy rereading them, it will be refreshing to read about a good heist when I don’t know how it ends. I love heists and dream about being a part in one. These teens were my heroes when I first read Heist Society because I felt like I could pull off a heist too. I want(ed) to be part of their society so badly. But now that I’m 23, my crush on 16-year-old Hale feels wildly inappropriate. *welp*
10. Live By Night by Dennis Lehane
This is another book that’s going to be made into a movie, but not just any movie – a Ben Affleck movie (I love Benny Affleck). It’s about gangsters and corrupt cops facing prohibition in 1920s Boston (it’s Ben Affleck, of course it’s Boston). The only aspect that could make me want to read this story any more was if it had a good heist. But I won’t hold that against Live By Night, it sounds like a great story.