Booked Up For Summer

This is it. The week that signals that summer is in full swing. Memorial Day weekend is coming upon us, which means it is time for my annual summer reading recommendations. This week is absolutely jammed pack with events for me, so I am going to leave you with my favorite beach side reads, because nothing says “welcome to summer” like a plush towel, a full glass of rose, and a hot summer read. I’ll see you next week!! Until then, see me on instagram!

Let the summer begin!!

Fun Reads

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin   The Nest by Cynthia Sweeney

First Comes Love: Best Selling Author Emily Giffin graces us with new novel about love and friendship.

The Nest: A novel with lots of accolades about family dysfunction, which is profoundly entertaining… unless it’s your family.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriaty

Eligible: A new novel from one of my favorite authors (Prep, The American Wife). This time she presents a modern-day take on Pride and Prejudice, this time set in Cincinnati.

Truly Madly Guilty: Very excited for this late July debut. Moriarty is a magical storyteller, and her novels are beautifully set in Australia, yet full of the everyday drama that consumes our lives.


The After Party by Anton DiSclafaniThe Expatriates by Janice Y K Lee

The After Party: (Cue Ignition Remix) A novel about the 1950’s Houston social scene. Can’t wait to dig in.

The Expatriates: A novel that explores the intertwined relationships of women living in the expat community of Hong Kong. To my friend Julia: yes “expat” is a real word.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub Homegoing Yaa Guasi

Modern Lovers: A novel about a close group of college friends, and the realities that hit them once adulthood has sunk in.

Homegoing:  The book with all the buzz. A historical novel about two twin sisters separated at birth in Ghana.

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews  Alice and Oliver by Charles Bock

The Weekenders: A summer escape read on the banks of North Carolina.

Alice & Oliver:  On a deeper note, here is a novel about a young family’s brutal fight against cancer and the insurance maze.

True Story

The Sound of Gravel Where The Lights Get In

The Sound of Gravel: A memoir of a young girl’s love and unwavering devotion to her siblings and mother, despite her abusive polygamist step father. My mom said a start to finish page turner.

Where The Light Gets In: Actress Kimberly Williams- Paisley writes about the onset of her mother’s early dementia and the profound effects it has on family. As my family has personally come to know, there aren’t many books on this topic so it was incredibly insightful.

The Confessions of Congressman X by Congressman X   First Women by Kate Andersen Brower

The Confessions of Congressman X: A tell-all by an anonymous congressman that is causing major D.C. speculation in year of political upheaval. I am sure this will confirm what we already suspected, and then some.

First Women: A behind the door look at the succession of first ladies from the sixties onward.

Recently Read and Really LOVED

Me Before You by Jojo MoyesThe Nightigale by Kristin Hannah

Me Before You: Once you start, it is almost impossible to put down. You definitely want to read this semi-love story that will have you laughing out loud with all the witty writing. Also, a movie coming to you too (read it before you see it).

The Nightingale: One of the most well written, descriptive books I have ever read centered around France in WWII. An incredible story of hardship, bravery, and love. A must read.

Totes Fabulous- because everyone judges books by their covers.

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Trina Turk 

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Indego Africa tote

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India Hicks

and if you want to read inside….

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