Since I have been sick the last week, I have been reading quite a bit. Not being able to work out and being on the couch if I’m not at work has given me time to read more than I have in quite a while. While I am anxious to get back in the gym and back to it, I have loved getting lost in a few books. I need to try and find balance in all things in life so that I can keep up with my love of reading.
I read these three books in a matter of days and LOVED all of them! They were a great find on Amazon.
Bright Side by Kim Holden
Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.
I loved this book. The characters, the story, the wanting there to be more every time I finished a chapter. I hated when it ended but I had the next book to look forward to….
Gus by Kim Holden
The journey that began in top-rated, best-selling Bright Side, continues …
This is the story of Gus.
And healing along the way.
“ … but the honest-to-God truth is I don’t even know how to function anymore. Bright Side wasn’t only my best friend; she was like my other half … the other half of my brain, the other half of my conscience, the other half of my sense of humor, the other half of my creativity, the other half of my heart. How do you go back to doing what you did before, when half of you is gone forever?”
I rarely enjoy a second book as much as the first, but this one was different. I had the first book in my mind while I read it and it gave Gus a much deeper feeling. Some stories, as they continue, seem forced but this one did not. I highly recommend both.
180 Seconds by Jessica Park
Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…
After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.
One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.
When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.
What drew me to this book was the anxiety aspect of it. Social media today brings out such a different side in many people simply because we spend much of our time behind a computer and not one-on-one interaction. It was a wonderfully written book and I enjoyed it very much.
Now it’s your turn… What are you reading right now?