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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

I love summer because I get to catch up on all the reading I haven't been able to do during the school year. Reading is one of my favorite things and it has been ever since I was little. I used to love filling out those reading sheets that teachers sent home in elementary school where you had to fill in how many minutes you read every day. I even had one of those bookmarks that would record your minutes while you were reading. Weird, I know. Ask anyone that knew me as a child--I pretty much always had my nose in a book.

Each summer we'd take a trip to Bethany Beach and I'd bring a huge stack of books with me to read on the beach. As an adult I still love reading, however I don't have as much time as I used to because, well adulting is hard. Below are some of the books I've recently read and would definitely recommend adding to your summer reading list!

 

The Husband's Secret

by Liane Moriarty


For those of you that have read or watched Big Little Lies, you will love this book. What would you do if you came across a letter written years ago, addressed to you, only to be opened in the event of your husband's death? Cecilia Fitzpatrick is a hardworking mother and wife & successful businesswoman in this exact situation. One night she comes across a letter hidden away in her attic. Will she open it? What does it say? Will the contents of the letter turn her normal life upside down? Liane Moriarty once again creates an enthralling tale that keeps you hanging onto the edge of your seat. 

 

The Alice Network 

by Kate Quinn


I read this book (well listened actually) for Happily Hughes' book club and loved it. This book is a fast-paced read detailing the lives of two women, Eve Gardiner and Charlie St. Clair. Eve is a female spy recruited to the Alice Network in France during World War I. Charlie is an pregnant, unmarried American socialite looking for her cousin that went missing during the second World War. This narrative switches between 1915 and present day 1947 to produce a complicated story of courage, determination, and female empowerment. 

 

Sweetbitter

by Stephanie Danler


I've had this book on my reading list for months and I finally just got the chance to read it! Twenty-two year old Tess moves to the Big Apple leaving everything behind for a new start. As a "backwaiter" at one of the most prestigious restaurants in Manhattan she learns to navigate this world of love, lust, and drugs.

 

Big Little Lies

by Liane Moriarty


I'm sure many of you have seen the popular HBO series, but I know a lot of people still have not read the book. This novel explores the intertwining lives of three women. Madeline is a feisty woman grappling with the fact that her ex-husband, his new wife, and their young daughter are moving into town. Celeste is a gorgeous woman learning to navigate life with her crazy twin boys and a marriage that is less than perfect. Jane a young mother who is new to town strikes up an unlikely friendship with the two women. Explore the worlds of scandal, marriage, and the big little lies told by the residents of this little beach community.

 

When Life Gives You Lululemons

by Lauren Weisberger


The Devil Wears Prada is probably one of my all-time favorite moves--I mean how could you not love Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly?? When the third installment of the series came out this summer I was dying to read it and it did not disappoint. The story follows Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly's first assistant, in her life after Runway. When Emily loses a few high profile clients she is forced to navigate the Greenwich, Connecticut suburbs. Political scandal, infidelity, more Miranda Priestly--this book has it all.

 

The Big Life

by Ann Shoket


Millennial women are changing the definitions of power and success in our society. Through years of research and life experience, Ann Shoket has created a guide to help every "Badass Babe" embrace their Big Life. She addresses so many important issues from creating a career that you're passionate about finding a partner that embraces your ambition. This book is full of amazing advice for young women--when I read it last summer it was the inspiration behind starting my blog!

 

The Couple Next Door

by Shari Lapena


Once you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down. I started this book one morning and finished it later that day because I desperately needed to know the ending before going to bed. One night, while Anne and Marco Conti are attending a dinner party at the neighbors a horrible crime is committed. Detective Rasbach immediately pegs the couple as the main suspects. As the story unfolds secrets are discovered and the truth becomes increasingly more complicated.

I'm going on vacay next week are there any good books I should add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!

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