If I’m being completely honest, the summer before my senior year of high school I read about fourteen Nicholas Sparks books.  I’m not really sure why I chose Nicholas Sparks but after each trip to the book store, I walked out with about three.  I would then finish them and go back to the same isle in Barnes &Noble and walk out with three more.

If you were really paying attention, I said book store.  That’s right, I have an unhealthy obsession with having to own the books I read.  Okay, maybe it’s only unhealthy for my bank account.  But, I’d go back and forth to the book store every week or two to stock up and finish them.  As you can imagine, I have quite the collection.

I continued to do this last summer as well and may or may not have spent $90 in one trip- and they weren’t even hard covers.  For this summer’s reads, I starting planning in advance and asked for two as birthday presents.  So, I’ve only bought one myself which is not too bad.  And only one of them is Nicholas Sparks.

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Here’s my list:

  1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

One of my birthday presents… So free?

It occurred to me that this particular story is very popular, but mostly from the movie made afterwards.  So, I figured I’d get the full experience of it and read the book first.

  1. Me Before You

$12.60 from Target.

This will easily be the love story of the summer.  With the movie coming out June 3rd, I don’t have much time but I sure as hell will make it.  There have been tons of fantastic reviews and their target audience is already in awe of the love between the featured couple.

  1. See Me

The other present… So free?

Yes, it’s Nicholas Sparks but I just couldn’t resist.  I’ve got to say, I didn’t even know what it was about when I decided to add it to my list.  Another love story, another book I will wish I was in.  I couldn’t be more excited.

  1. This is Where I Leave you

$10.48 from amazon.

This book is already a movie!  After the death of a father, his last wish is for all of his kids to be under one roof.  Even when my father is alive in thirty years, all of the siblings under the same rood will be an adventure and a half.

  1. After You

16.23 from B&N.

This was added to the list simply because it’s by the same author as Me Before You, Jojo Moynes.

  1. The Opposite of Loneliness

$12.00 from Target.

It’s not exactly a story but instead “A collection of essays and stories from a Yale graduate who died tragically five days after graduation details the struggles that people face as they figure out what they want to be and how they can positively impact the world.” –Target.com

  1. One last thing before I go

$6.23 from Barnes & Noble.

Teens, dreams all ruined by pregnancies.

  1. Girl Through Glass

$18.17 from B&N.

This is a book that can be very relatable for all teens.  It’s a coming of age story about a ballerina who’s watching her life fall apart.

  1. Rebecca

$10.44 from B&N.

I’ll be taking a break from the love stories and entering the gothic world inside a stone mansion.  Bring on the ghosts.

  1. Blackass

$9.52 from amazon.

We all wish we could be someone else in order for our life to become easier.  Imagine waking up as a new person the day before a big interview… Yikes.

So, this whole summer I will have spent $95. 67.  Ninety- five dollars of happiness.  Luckily, lifeguarding gives me a lot of time to read, especially because I’m always scheduled on the rainy days.