It’s time to celebrate because summer reading is upon us!
Why does it feel like summer reading is so much better than reading during any other time of the year? Is it because we think of reading outside, on vacation and with a fruity adult beverage in our hand?
For this year’s summer reading list, I chose (mostly) true “beach reads.” Last summer, I put some books on my reading list that were a little darker and deeper than a beach read and I just couldn’t get into them. I lightened the list up this year in hopes of getting through the entire bunch before Labor Day.
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin (out June 28) – I’m soooooo stinking excited for this book to come out in June. I read Emily Giffin’s first book, Something Borrowed, in 2007 a few years after it was published. I read it in a day and a half and the second I finished, I went out and bought its follow-up Something Blue and finished that one super quick as well. Since then, I’ve bought each one of her books the day they came out and read them with lightening speed. I love her writing and how relatable her characters are. Once I pick up one of her books, I pretty much don’t put it down until I finish which generally means I finish it at 3am. I actually won an advance copy of this book through a contest I entered on Goodreads, so I’m so pumped to read this one before it’s even released!
The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg – I love Janet Evanovich books (you can find my review of one of her Stephanie Plum books here) and just started reading this newer series she’s co-written with Lee Goldberg. These books are reminiscent of her early Stephanie Plum books and I love turning off my brain at the end of the day and getting lost in the hijinks of the main characters. I reviewed the first book in the series here and the review of the second is coming at you soon! Definitely read these books if you’re an Evanovich fan!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I have heard so much about this book and feel like every blogger I follow has read it. It’s been on my “to read” list for a while now, so I’m looking forward to picking it up this summer and seeing what all the fuss is about.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella – This book was on last year’s summer reading list and I never got around to it. I admit that I’m a fan of Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series and this book is her first delve into the young adult genre. It’s received some great reviews, so I’m looking forward to cracking it open.
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson – I came across this book while browsing Goodreads one night and immediately added all of the books in this series to my “to read” shelf. Reviews are across the board for this one, but I love a good detective novel, so I’m going to give this first book a go.
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan – Not exactly a beach read, but I wanted to throw in something different for a change of pace and I’ve wanted to read this book since it was released a few years ago. It’s been a while since I picked up a good food book and I’m looking forward to reading this one about cooking at home and making our food system healthy and sustainable.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – This will be my second Liane Moriarty book. I read What Alice Forgot last summer and it was fantastic (see my review here). This book follows three women, each of whom is at a crossroads in her life, and the lies they have to tell themselves to survive difficult times.
Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture by Andy Cohen – You know by now that I love me some Bravo television and want to be BFFs with Andy Cohen. I read his second book last summer (I chatted about what I thought here), so I’m going backward this summer by reading his first book. I love hearing about his life and the constant gossip he shares about Housewives and other celebrities he comes across, so this one will surely be a favorite read this summer.
Well there you have it! The eight books I hope to make it through this summer as part of my reading challenge. Be sure to look out for reviews of these as I finish them.
What’s on your summer reading list this year? Share, share, share!
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read so far this year, you can find my reviews here:
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
Stars over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
You can also find me on Goodreads!
Happy summer reading!
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