Summer reading isn’t just for kids! I always spend my week at the beach in August parked in my beach chair reading as many titles from my “to read list” as possible. The rest of the summer I try to fit in some much needed relaxation and Vitamin D absorption reading poolside. Here are my picks this summer!
My favorite of the summer: My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella: Cat, as she now calls herself, moved from the country to London to pursue a career in marketing. Only her first job and life in the city is a bit of shambles as is anyone’s in their 20s trying to afford to live the life you’ve always dreamed of. It was the perfect reminder for me that we are all dealing with our own stressors and struggles and that eventually if we persist, things will work out. Maybe not the way we had initially thought, but sometimes that is for the best.
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty: A murder occurs at a school fundraiser (100% reminds me of the GES auction)… the story unravels a bit more through each chapter. A fast, fun read with lots of small town scandal.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood: Incredibly culturally relevant and incredibly terrifying.
The Thousandth Floor – Katharine McGee: Gossip Girl meets sci-fi teen fiction. Most of Manhattan is now a giant skyscraper where the wealthy inhabit the top floors. Ala Gossip Girl each character tells the story chapter by chapter with a mix of “the in crowd” and those who dwell on the lower floors.
Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danler: Tess moves to NYC to make a go of her life and lands a job serving at an exclusive eatery.
Small Admissions – Amy Poeppel: Kate’s life seems to have fallen apart. An opportunity arises when she takes a job at private day school on the Upper East Side. A must for those who work in the private school bubble
A Light in The Ruins – Chris Bohjalian: A thriller set in the 40s and 50s surrounding an Italian family with a historical past and perhaps a secret? The story follows the detective investigating the murders of the
Vita Brevis – Ruth Downie: The next book in a favorite series of mine about a doctor in Ancient Rome.
Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty: Three couples go to a barbecue where something terrible occurs in the vein of Big Little Lies the details of that night are revealed one chapter at a time.
The Girls – Emma Cline: The main character Evie reflects back on the summer she was lured into a cult by a magnetic older girl who helped fill her a void created by low self esteem and family dysfunction.
The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney: The drama surrounding a family’s inheritance unfolds from the point of view of each family member. Drags a bit in the middle