You'd think that vacations would be the time when I read the most; however, I almost never find time to read on vacation. The kids are with us, and when the kids are sleeping, I find myself spending time with my husband and the other friends/family we are visiting. As a result, I haven't read a ton this Summer. That said, it is still time for me to share the last few books I've read.
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green - Holy cow. I loved this book. It is unbelievably sad, and I cried big fat tears; so if you don't want to have a good cry, stay away. However, it is equally joyful and funny and beautiful. It's a love story. It's a life story. It's... Oh you really should read it, even if you don't like sad stories. It's a really good one.
The Queen's Gambit, by Walter Tevis - This book tells the story of Beth Harmon, an orphan who discovers a love of chess at eight years old. She becomes a prodigy and then goes on to excel on the international stage. A girl playing a man's game. There is a lot of chess in this book, so it's best to have some sort of appreciation for it. I barely remember how to play chess, and yet I was fascinated. It moves quickly and entertains, but at the end I was a little let down. I wanted to like Beth more than I did, and I wanted more for her. She's very socially awkward, and I wanted her to grow a bit more before the book ended.