Welcome to a new category on the blog where I will be sharing my love for reading with you! I have loved reading ever since I was a little girl, even though I struggled with words and reading during elementary school. I have wonderful memories with my mom reading books together for my school book reports, sitting together in bed, taking turns reading a page. Now, I find reading books a way to escape the daily stresses of life and to have some much needed alone time. I love diving into a story, imagining I am living in the same world as the characters. Although I adore reading, it is hard to find the time during the school year to fully enjoy a book. But lucky for me, I just had my last class of my sophomore year of college. That means I have the whole summer to dive into this list of summer reads.
Let me know what’s on your summer reading list in the comments below!
1. What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick
I have recently finished this book and I knew it had to make its way on this list. What I Thought Was True is a young adult romance that revolves around Gwen Castle who’s biggest mistake ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on the same island her family lives on over summer break. Cass is a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island’s summer people happy. Throughout the summer Gwen worries that she’ll never escape her past–or the island. Sparks fly and secret histories come to life as Gwen spends the summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true–about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself–with what really is. This book is the PERFECT beach read!
2. Pretty Happy – Kate Hudson
If you know me, then you know that I love a good self help book! I purchased this book a while back, skimmed through some of the pages, but I haven’t yet sat down an actually given it the time it deserves. Kate fills this book with quizzes to help you assess your body type and to define your stress levels, advice about cleanses and keeping your diet and body balanced, and plenty of interactive drawing board exercises. Pretty Happy is a beautiful, insightful, and personal look at health from the inside out, an authentic plan for an authentic life from a woman who truly lives what she speaks.I love anything that Kate Hudson does, so I’m sure this won’t disappoint!
3. A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro
I am all about a mystery and Brittany Cavallaro does just that. This is the first book in a witty mystery series about two teen descendants of the most infamous crime solving duo in history, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. When Jamie Watson receives a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school, he finds himself intrigued by Charlotte Holmes. When a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance from Charlotte. Danger is everywhere and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
4. Women Who Work – Ivanka Trump
My best friend and I have decided to start a book club with each other this summer. I hope to share with you each book we plan on reading so you can read along with us. Think of it as a digital book club! How fun would that be? While we were browsing through Target a few nights ago we agreed on Women Who Work as our first read. I am truly excited to begin this read! As a young woman wanting to make her mark someday in the business world, I believe that this book can help be a guide and lend some advice on being a woman in the work force of today.
5. Talking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) – Lauren Graham
Gilmore Girls has to be one of my all time favorite shows to ever air on television. So when I was gifted this book, I dove into it right away. In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She even shares personal photos on set of the Gilmore Girls remake. This is the perfect book to cuddle up to at night. It’s almost like your hanging out with your best friend while reading it!
Happy reading loves!