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Short Summer Reading List

Since I've been MIA for so long, I thought I would share some books that I've read over the past few months.  These are all on the shorter side that can be picked up and put down easily.  Or in the case of the many that I listened to on Audible, they can be started and stopped easily.  This to me, makes them perfect for beach days, travel days, or just to wind down after a long day.

Summer 2016 Short Reading Bucket List

Blessed, Blessed... Blessed by Missy Robertson.  Affiliate
I've been a big Duck Dynasty fan since the show started.  In fact, I still have a Duck Commander sticker  on my car.  Since it seems to be much less popular now, it's still there, making my cookie cutter Focus a little more discernible.

I've read many of their prior books, but this one was much more informative about things that matter than the rest.  In Blessed, Blessed... Blessed, Missy talks a little bit about her and Jase's lives growing up, as a young married couple, and finally, when they have kids.  The majority of the book chronicles her youngest child, and only daughter, Mia, as they learn to live her cleft lip and palate.  I'll be the first to admit, I didn't realize what a big deal this was, or that it is such a lengthy, invasive process to correct.  Especially when seeing Mia run around on television!  Missy runs through each of her daughter's surgeries, how she felt, how she tried to comfort Mia, and how she and Jase managed to keep a sense of normalcy in their home with their older two boys.

The book also acts as a source of information for others, as she routinely sites her sources and provides a complete bibliography at the end.  A quick, suburb read that I encourage everyone to check out.

This book was provided to me from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my open, honest review!

Tough Sh-t by Kevin Smith.  Affiliate
An autobiography of Kevin Smith (co-owner of SModco, and Silent Bob of Jay and Silent Bob...) up until just after the unfortunate Southwest Air event a few years back.  I listened to this book on Audible, and Kevin narrates it himself.  What I expect would be a somewhat lousy read was actually a great audiobook.  Kevin is a natural storyteller and hearing him tell these stories leaves little wonder in my mind how he's managed to create such a large brand for himself. Kevin tells tales on meeting his wife, how Clerks came to fruition, and working with some of Hollywood's most notable folk.  He never forgot where he came from and often mentions his childhood friends.

The Heir and The Crown by Kiera Cass.  Affiliates
Books 4 and 5 in her Selection series, these are the ultimate chick books.  They are perfect beach reads, are able to be put down and picked back up again without much effort.  The books are basically a reverse on the first three books-  now the princess has to choose from 35 suitors who will be her prince.  How will she choose?  Who will she pick?

Kanye West owes me $300 by Jensen Karp.  Affiliate
I also listened to this book on Audible, and it is also narrated by the author.  Now a writer on Saturday Night Live, this is the story of a Jewish kid that "was LA's top battle rapper for a few years, which is bonkers because [he] looks like an accountant."

I was listening to the Best of Friends Podcast (because I ♥ Friends), which is where the quote above came from, and he was a guest on an episode.  How did his guest spot encourage me to buy the Audible download?  He said, "here's three things I can tell you [about the book]: 1) I stole porn from Sisqo's house.  2) Mark McGrath threw me a 21st birthday party and I never saw him again.  3) Mya loves quesadillas and she told me so."  Now tell me you don't want to pick this up.

What books are you all reading this Summer?  Have you tried Audible?  I'm always looking for new books to listen to, so let me know if you favorites!

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