New Book Releases: 2nd Half of 2015

So for todays blog, I am making a list of the 2nd half of 2015 book releases that I’m most excited about and am recommending because they are either a favorite author and/or series. As I discover more books, I will just add them in an edit at the end of this post. The majority are thrillers, but I do enjoy books of many different genres.

Here we go!

And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side by Dana Perino – available now

Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate by Kimberly Guilfoyle – available now

Independence Day by Ben Coes – available now

In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World by Joey Graceffa – available now

I, Justine: An Analog Memoir by Justine Ezarik – available now

The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer – 6/16

Sins of the Innocent: A Novella by Jamie McGuire – 6/28

The Insider Threat by Brad Taylor – 6/30

The English Spy by Daniel Silva – 6/30

Code of Conduct by Brad Thor – 7/7

Something Beautiful: A Novella by Jamie McGuire – 8/16

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes – 9/8

Murder, She Wrote: the Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher by Donald Bain & Jessica Fletcher – 10/6

The Survivor by Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills – 10/6

Mentions for 2016: Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire – 1/31, The Year of the Locust by Terry Hayes – 5/3, and the next Murder-By-Month mystery by Jess Lourey

Books I Didn’t Read in High School

So, I have been wanting to read more of the classics and books that aren’t in the normal genres I love to read. And lately, I just started reading books that my Dad recommended me to read (we started chatting about books couple weeks ago), and the majority of them were ones that I remember being on our reading lists for school, but I never chose them to read.

The first book I decided to read was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – this one wasn’t one of my Dad’s recs, but was a favorite book of one of my friends, so I decided to check it out. Loved it. And if I ever get caught up on my stack, I plan on reading the rest of his books.

The first book on my Dad’s rec list I read was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (a Minnesotan!!). I bought the most recent version of the film last Black Friday, but just recently watched the movie several months ago at my Aunt & Uncle’s house. I enjoyed the movie and already wanted to read the book, and with the rec, I decided to get it. I really enjoyed the book, and thought the film followed it well. My Dad said that the original first version of the film followed it the best, so I will have to check it out. He said the 70s version wasn’t that good.

Next up, I just started Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis (another Minnesotan!!!) I am just a few chapters in, but am enjoying it. He uses big words (I really should read the dictionary once, but it is too boring – I have started to read it in the past several times). Will let you know when I finish it. It has been praised as his best novel.

Planning for the future will be Catcher In The Rye (I always remember this one on the list at school) and Lord of the Flies (I’ve seen one version of the movie, the one with River Phoenix, but never read the book).

Any classics or books that you consider a must read???