Every May, I give you the most recommended and anticipated books around. I poll my friends, family, and websites to find out what books are a must for your summer reading. Whether in the mountains or lake, beach or backyard, these books will surely give you a great summer escape!
If you have any recommendations of your own, leave in comments below.
Little Fires Everywhere. A consistent favorite among my friends and family.
I have heard nothing but excellent things about the thriller, The Woman in the Window. Excited to start my summer reading this!
Nantucket native, Elin Hilderbrand, always creates beautiful settings for captivating novels. The Identicals is no exception.
June 5th you can purchase, Florida by Lauren Groff. This novel centers around many characters and places with a common thread of Florida. Considering I am a Floridian by birth, I am definitely going to be intrigued by this one!
An American Marriage is a beautifully written love story dealing with race and class. Very relevant and thought-provoking.
Hey Ladies! is a laugh out loud hilarious account of women in their thirties planning bachelorettes, showers etc. Sounds all too familiar to me!
With all the talk of royals, To Catch a King is especially interesting. Charles II had to flee England after his father was beheaded and the monarchy toppled. He was on the run for several years, even hiding in an oak tree ( hence Royal Oak Society) before returning and re-establishing the monarchy.
All These Beautiful Strangers is set to come out in July. The advanced praise for this is overwhelming. As Entertainment Weekly put it, “This is going to be big.”
The Address tells a compelling story behind one of New York’s most coveted residence, The Dakota.
A Little Life was the most dramatically emphasized book. Multiple friends had nothing but praise- “I would read all 800 pages over again” and “It has stayed with me every day since I finished it a month ago.”
I am SO excited to read Emily Giffin’s new book, All We Ever Wanted. This Nashvile-based tale comes out June 26th. From Something Borrowed to Something Blue, Emily knows how to tell stories with heart and vivid imagery.
A dark comedy about a Upper East Side widow and son who flea to France. You will have to wait until August for The French Exit.
Fates and Furies explores marriage with comedy and tragedy in the most beautifully written style.
Sister’s First is a fabulous account from Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush. In it, you can read hilarious letters from Barbara Bush Sr. that really give you such a colorful insight into this first family.
The Secrets She Keeps referred to by Steohen King as, “A book you won’t be able to put down, although you may occasionally want to hide your eyes.”
The Woman in Cabin 10 is full of twists and turns to leave you on the edge of your seat!
Mademoiselle Chanel imagines the life of Coco Chanel is a Paris Wife fashion.
Lucky Boy is a fun to read page-turner about those awkward middle school years and all the dynamics that go along with that.
Coming out in July, Fruit of the Drunken Tree tells of two women living in Columbia at the time of Pablo Escobar.
Some of last years hits that are still widely talked about today:
Before We Were Yours is based on a real-life scandals where a Memphis-based adoption organization kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.
All the Light We Cannot See. This was on my list last year, and keeps coming up again.
A consistent favorite, The Orphan Train is story of friendship and second chances that details a historically significant movement in America’s past.
The Alice Network is a fantastic story about a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin.
A widely talked about memoir, Educated tells a story of self-invention in the most brilliant way. Very captivating.
Weekend Language is a great read about how to be an effective communicator.
A captivating read on the chic life of style-icon, Bunny Mellon
Cancer is a word I have heard far too often recently. Radical Remission is a book written by a doctor who examines the 9 things people had in common who successfully beat some of the worst cancers out there.
My friend had to read this in business school at Vandy and said it was very enjoyable. I think everyone could use a healthy dose of this sometimes!
A lovely book on the life of a woman in Dallas named Tova Sido who had to endure some of life’s biggest sorrows, but did it with incredible courage and faith!