My Summer Reading List

In the summer, I always read more books. I find that my schedule is less structured, so it’s easier to make time for reading. Whether I’m sitting outside with a glass of sweet tea or slipping into my bed a few hours earlier, I always manage to get through a few more chapters than usual. Also, a lot of summer-related activities are just better with a book in hand: beach sitting, pool lounging, plane riding, car riding, etc.

If you find yourself doing any of these activities and in dire need of a good book, I’ve got you covered.

It looks like your summer is officially booked! ūüėČ


 

The Royal We – Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.


Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds‚ÄĒsmart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


Atonement – Ian McEwan

On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment‚Äôs flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia‚Äôs childhood friend. But Briony‚Äôs incomplete grasp of adult motives‚ÄĒtogether with her precocious literary gifts‚ÄĒbrings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime‚Äôs repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century.


How to Walk Away РKatherine Center 

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.


Yes Please – Amy Poehler

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.


Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot‚ÄĒsearching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion‚ÄĒalong with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends‚ÄĒand what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society‚ÄĒborn as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island‚ÄĒboasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.


The Most of Nora Ephron – Nora Ephron

A whopping big celebration of the work of the late, great Nora Ephron, America‚Äôs funniest‚ÄĒand most acute‚ÄĒwriter, famous for her brilliant takes on life as we‚Äôve been living it these last forty years.

Everything you could possibly want from Nora Ephron is here‚ÄĒfrom her writings on journalism, feminism, and being a woman (the notorious piece on being flat-chested, the clarion call of her commencement address at Wellesley) to her best-selling novel, Heartburn, written in the wake of her devastating divorce from Carl Bernstein; from her hilarious and touching screenplay for the movie When Harry Met Sally . . . (‚ÄúI‚Äôll have what she‚Äôs having‚ÄĚ) to her recent play Lucky Guy (published here for the first time); from her ongoing love affair with food, recipes and all, to her extended takes on such controversial women as Lillian Hellman and Helen Gurley Brown; from her pithy blogs on politics to her moving meditations on aging (‚ÄúI Feel Bad About My Neck‚ÄĚ) and dying.

Her superb writing, her unforgettable movies, her honesty and fearlessness, her nonpareil humor have made Nora Ephron an icon for America‚Äôs women‚ÄĒand not a few of its men.

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