2016 Summer Reading List


2016 Summer REading List


June is here and the weather is warming up. I just spent Memorial Weekend at the family trottage (cottage/trailer..it is a thing), which is prime for making a dent in my reading list.

Plus, I am all done with classes and you know what that means…

I am finished worrying about assignments and I can resume worrying about getting the next book done!

Just kidding. Reading is not stressful.

Anyway, I wanted to share my 2016 Summer Reading List (in no particular order). Here it is:



Confess by Colleen Hoover

Confess: A Novel by Colleen Hoover

As a follow up to reading Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday, which I loved (review to come), I decided to stick her newest book on my list.

Goodread’s description: Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…”



Strong Looks Better Naked Khloe Kardashian Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloe Kardashian

Because of my curiosity in books written by celebrities, of course this book is on my list.

Goodreads’ description: Khloé Kardashian shares her secrets for finding strength of body, heart, mind, and soul with inspirational, revealing stories of her own struggles with weight, relationships, and her self-image.

In a culture that worships skinny, Khloé Kardashian writes with passion about the power of strength: a strong body becomes a strong mind, which builds to strength of heart, character, and ultimately strength of spirit. This is an inspiring book about how to create strength and true beauty in every area of your life, inside and out. The book features inspired personal stories from Khloé and practical how-to advice about building a strong body, mind, heart, and soul in your own life.”



The Program by Suzanne YoungThe Program by Suzanne Young

This book has been on my “need-to-read” list for a while. I’ve heard nothing but good things.

Goodreads’ description: In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.”



Thrill Me by Susan Mallery Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

I haven’t totaled up all of the books in Susan Mallery’s Fools Gold series, but I know it is a lot. In following my review of Kiss Me and Chasing Perfect, (click the links for my review) I decided to try another one of her books. This time, I picked Thrill Me which came out August of 2015.

Goodreads’ description: Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool’s Gold, California—five gorgeous men who’ve left a trail of broken hearts in their wake…

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool’s Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya’s been hired to promote her hometown’s new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del’s not the type to hold a grudge, he’s determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He’s a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya’s kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…  ”



A Want so Wicked by Suanne Young A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young

Another Suzanne Young book on my list! A Want So Wicked by Collen Hoover is the second book in A Need So Beautiful series (review to come soon), so pick up the first one if you haven’t yet. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing and I wasn’t sure I was going to read the second one, the last chapter had me hooked. Yup, it was definitely going on my list.

Goodreads’ description: (link here due to the fact that it might be a spoiler if you haven’t read the first book)



Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion Play it As it Lays by Joan Didion

This book has been checked out of the library once before and returned before finishing the first chapter. Here’s to giving it another try. What is it about again?

Goodreads’ description: “A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader. Set in a place beyond good and evil – literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul – it remains more than three decades after its original publication a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis and stunning in the still-startling intensity of its prose.” 



The Crown by Kiera Cass The Crown by Kiera Cass

I rave about Kiera Cass in my book review of The Heir. This past May was the release of the next book in the Selection series. Of course this one is going on my list!

Goodreads’ description: When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.”



Young and Beardless by John Luke RobertsonYoung and Beardless by John Luke Robertson

I just adore the Robertson family and want to read all their books. Just published May 17th, Young and Beardless is one I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on yet. (Speaking of book lists: I cannot find a complete list of the Robertson family’s books. How do I know I read them all? Bonus points to whoever is able to link me to a complete list!)

Goodreads’ description: John Luke Robertson may be young and beardless, but he has a lot to say about growing up and discovering your purpose.

John Luke Robertson, the oldest son of Willie and Korie Robertson and brother of Dancing with the Stars sensation Sadie Robertson, shares his story of what it’s like to grow up as a Robertson and all the fun and craziness that entails, as well as what he has learned as he has stepped out into his own unique experiences. He also shares what it’s like to navigate the walk from boyhood to becoming a man. Topics in this book include friendship, kindness, dreaming big, embracing your God-given uniqueness, taking chances, and choosing mentors.

John Luke speaks frequently on dreams (how to build a dream for your life), schemes (how to plan for your dream to come true), and building teams (choosing the people around you who will become a team that helps make your dream come true through their support, honesty, and care). He will incorporate these important guidelines into the book, ultimately helping young people learn how to find and pursue a clear-cut purpose in their lives.”


Life Just Got Real by Sadie Robertson Life Just Got Real by Sadie Robertson

Another Robertson clan book! Sadie’s second book is set to release June 7th, 2016.

Goodreads’ description: “From Dancing with the Stars runner-up and Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson comes a fun novel about two teenage girls from different backgrounds and opposite lifestyles who discover there is more to friendship than what meets the eye.

Sixteen-year-old A.J. Stewart, born and raised in backwoods Tennessee, loves nothing more than repairing broken cars with her father and hanging out with her brothers and their friends. Not far away in the busy city of Nashville, Kate Kelly is always dressed in the latest fashion, wearing clothes from her mother’s boutique and jetting around the world with her father.

When A.J. starts going to the school Kate attends, they instantly dislike each other. But as the year progresses, Kate’s brother Val is drawn to A.J., and when prom comes around, he asks her to be his date—much to his sister’s displeasure.

The following summer at camp, the two girls continue their dislike of each other, until a surprising moment of openness when A.J. shares her faith with Kate. As their bond grows, they discover that they share an inner resolve to live life as God intended, and to live it in their own individual and original ways.

In Life Just Got Real Sadie Robertson inspires teens to find the value God has placed inside us all and to live with confidence and purpose in a very complicated world.  “



The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger is the second book in The Wrath and The Dawn Series (review to come soon!) Just released in 2015, I am so so so excited to continue this story!

Goodreads’ description: The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.”



And there you have it! My 2016 Summer Reading List! This is not an all-encompassing list of course since a bunch of books sneak their way into my pile practically everyday! But at the end of summer, these will be read and reviewed.


Any books I should add to my list? This list just reflects my reading personality at this time. Suggestions welcome!



10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Wrote Books (That are actually good)

10 Celebrities

In natural Kristine fashion, when I find out a famous person wrote a book I immediately have to pick it up. Why? I hope to get a glimpse into their private life.

I came across some of these books because I follow the celebrity in the media. Others came to me as hidden gems, uncovered by my thorough book search.

Below is a list of books written by celebrities that I picked up in the recent months. Most of them I liked, some of them I thought could be better, but all of them I recommend.


  1. Home by Ellen DeGeneres

Home 1

Ellen DeGeneres is known The Ellen Show, but I bet you didn’t know she is a fantastic interior designer. Published October 27th 2015, this book showcases designs big glossy pictures of rooms in her and Portia’s homes (that she designed obviously). Read my review here.


2. Sliding Into Home by Kendra Wilkinson

Sliding in

Kendra Wilkinson is known for being one of Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends in the reality TV show Girls Next Door. She then stared in her own TV show, Kendra on Top. In between these shows is when this memoir takes place, giving you details of her life in the Playboy mansion, her relationship with husband Hank, and her shift into motherhood with the birth of her first child. Published in July 6th 2010 and appropriately names after her love of sports, this book will give you a glimpse into the life of Kendra that you’ve always wanted.


3. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday, Maybe Book Cover

The Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, and Evan Almighty actress published her first debut novel on April 30th, 2013. Taking place in the 1990’s, the story follows main character, Franny, who has three months left in her three year plan to make it as an actress in New York City. Lauren’s humor definitely is sprinkled throughout the book. While I enjoy Lauren Graham’s acting roles, I didn’t find this book as delightful (read my review here). However, I have read other reviews that disagree with me. Why don’t you read it and find out yourself!


4. Troublemaker by Leah Remini

Leah Remini's Troublemaker

Leah Remini is an American actress and comedian, known best for her role as Carrie Heffernan on The King of Queens. Thoughts after reading this book: WOW, wow, and wow. Published on November 3rd 2015, this book follows Leah’s life from childhood, through joining the Scientology church, becoming a Sea Org member, going to many casting calls, starting a family with Angelo, acting on The King of Queens, going to Tom Cruise‘s wedding, and quitting Scientology. For one person’s inside view of Scientology and journey to becoming a well-known actress,  this is a must read. Go here to read my full review.


5. Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Seriously, this should be at the top of this list! (But this list is alphabetical, so technically it is appropriately placed.)  Neil Patrick Harris, famous for his role in How I Met Your Mother creates a “Choose Your Own Adventure Book”, published on October 14th 2014. This book is witty, comical, and entertaining. I enjoyed it from beginning to end…or should I say, from page 1 to page 31 to page 185 to page 93…


6. Strong is the New Sexy by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi


Nicole has been a busy bee since the Jersey Shore. Between filming shows, selling home-made crafts on Etsy, and being a mom and wife, Strong is the New Sexy is the fifth book written by Nicole. I thoroughly enjoy her writing because it truly reflects who she really is: down-to-earth, goofy, and original. Go ahead, pick up this book to see how much Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has changed since her days on Jersey Shore and how much fun she is. Click here for my full review.


7. Suck It, Wonder Woman! by Olivia Munn

Suck It, Wonder Woman! by Olivia Munn

Lisa Olivia Munn is actress, model, television personality. Previous host of Attack of the Show!, she published this book on July 6th 2010. Within, she admits, “writing a book is hard as shit” and she “gave this book my best shot.” In thirty-four random chapters, Olivia recounts random stories of her childhood,  gives random tips for geeks, and exhibits random pictures of her in random outfits. I think this book is very random. Oh, you picked up on that? Well, I think fans of her would love this book.


8. There’s More to Life Than This by Theresa Caputo

There's More to Life Than This by Theresa Caputo

Theresa Caputo, better known as TLC’s Long Island Medium, published this book on October 1st, 2013. This book gives readers the insight from when she was young and first figured out that she had a gift, to how she grew to use her gift as she does today. She also talked about things she sees and how she interprets what she can see from the Other Side. Theresa’s gift can spark some controversy, but I believe this book is for both believers and non-believers. Fans of the show can get into the nitty-gritty of Theresa Caputo’s life and skeptics can further understand how she thinks. I recommend picking up There’s More to Life Than This and cracking it open.


9. Modelland by Tyra Banks

Modelland by Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks, host of America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show, wrote her first and only book, appropriately titled Modelland.  In this mystical world, Tookie De La Crème is the unlikely choice to be given an invitation for the place on top of the mountains, where she has to finish a supermodel bootcamp. This young adult book was published on April 26th 2011.


10. Hold Me in Contempt by Wendy Williams


Published April 15th 2014, Hold Me in Contempt is the most recent book written by the famous radio personality, comedian, actress, and host of The Wendy Williams Show. Other books from Wendy include three non-fiction book and three fictions books co-authored. Hold Me in Contempt is a steamy and edgy romance about Kimberly Kind, a lawyer with a pain medication addition. Love is not in the question (is it ever?) and King is the exact opposite of the man she would ever date. Read my full raving review here.

10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Wrote Books

Well there you have it. Ten books, all written by celebrities.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? What are some other books written by celebrities you enjoyed?




Best Books Read in 2015

Best Books Read in 2015 by Miss Kristine

This list is the best books I reviewed in 2015. Check them out!


Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

The Heir by Kiera Cass

365 Thank Yous by John Kralik

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz


Want to see a book review? Let me know in the comments!


Thanks for reading.

-Miss Kristine