I am an avid reader. It's in my blood. My mom is a teacher turned librarian who read to us incessantly growing up. And in turn, we devoured novels in a single sitting. I read my little brothers the entire Harry Potter series in a single summer.
But I'll be honest, college killed my vibe. Something about being forced to read books, education for education's sake, just sucked all the fun right out.
SO being the literacy-starved professional that I am, I took it upon myself to commit to books this summer. I'd say I was about 50% successful (it's been a crazy last four months).
And remember a few week's ago when I asked some of you what your fave books of the summer were? WELL. That list is below, not just a self compilation but also a contribution from all of YOU!
In no particular order:
1.) In a dark, dark wood - Ruth Ware - This novel tells the story of unreliable, amnesiac narrator Nora Shaw as she attempts to recall the events of a bachelorette weekend in which a man was murdered that both she and the bride-to-be loved.
2.) The woman in cabin 10 - Ruth Ware - An equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.
3.) Y is for yesterday - Sue Grafton -The 25th Kinsey Millhone mystery novel. A former student from an elite private school is released from prison and a sociopath returns to haunt the detective.
4.) Seeing red - Sandra Brown - The TV journalist Kerra Bailey and former federal agent John Trapper join forces to expose a web of conspiracy behind a hotel bombing in Dallas.
5.) The late show - Michael Connelly - Renée Ballard, a young detective with the L.A.P.D., investigates crimes against two women.
6.) The weight of blood - Laura Mchugh - An urgent look at the dark side of a bucolic landscape beyond the arm of the law, where a person can easily disappear without a trace. Laura McHugh proves herself a masterly storyteller who has created a harsh and tangled terrain as alive and unforgettable as the characters who inhabit it. Her mesmerizing debut is a compelling exploration of the meaning of family: the sacrifices we make, the secrets we keep, and the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love.
1.) The nightingale - Kristin Hannah - Tells the story of two sisters, just coming of age in France on the eve of World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France.
Small great things - Tells the story of an African American labor and delivery nurse and the racism surrounding her care of a white supremacist couple's newborn son.
The storyteller - Sage Singer befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works.
Leaving time - Psychic Serenity Jones believes she has lost the ability to communicate with spirits when thirteen-year-old Jenna Metcalf comes to her for help in locating her mother, Alice Metcalf.
3.) Anne Boleyn, a king's obsession - Alison Weir - In this second novel of Alison Weir’s epic Six Tudor Queens series, the acclaimed author and historian weaves exciting new research into the story of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s most infamous wife, a woman ahead of her time whose very life—and death—forever changed a nation.
4.) The baker's secret - Stephen P. Kiernan - From the multiple-award-winning, critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and The Curiosity comes a dazzling novel of World War II — a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day.
5.) Becoming Bonnie - Jenni L. Walsh - Living the life of a moll at night, Bonnie remains a wholesome girl by day, engaged to Roy, attending school, and working toward a steady future. When Roy discovers her secret life, he embraces it―perhaps too much, especially when it comes to booze and gambling―she tries to make the pieces fit. Maybe she can have it all: the American Dream, the husband, and the intoxicating allure of jazz music. But her life―like her country―is headed for a crash. Bonnie Parker is about to meet Clyde Barrow.
1.) Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig - Interweaves two parallel plots: the first is the chronicling of a transcontinental motorcycle journey taken by the narrator and his eleven-year-old son, Chris. The second plot details the life and thought of a man named Phaedrus, a solitary intellectual obsessed with a philosophical concept called Quality.
2.) The art of happiness (with updated content from psychologist Dr. Howard Cutler) - Dalai Lama - If you ask him if he's happy, even though he's suffered the loss of his country, the Dalai Lama will give you an unconditional yes. What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that the very motion of our life is toward happiness. How to get there has always been the question. He's tried to answer it before, but he's never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand. The Art of Happiness is the book that started the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology.
3.) The millionaire next door - Thomas J. Stanley - The bestselling The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don't live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door.
1.) White collar girl - Renee Rosen - The latest novel from the bestselling author of Dollface and What the Lady Wants takes us deep into the tumultuous world of 1950s Chicago where a female journalist struggles with the heavy price of ambition.
2.) Behind closed doors - B.A. Paris - Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
LIFE AND LOVE
1.) The villa - Rosanna Ley - When Tess Angel receives a solicitor’s letter inviting her to claim her inheritance – the dilapidated but beautiful Villa Sirena, perched on a clifftop in Sicily - she is stunned. Her only link to the island is through her mother, Flavia, who left Sicily following World War II and cut all contact with her family. Could this be Tess’s chance to find out why?
2.) Moonlight over Paris - Jennifer Robson - Artfully capturing the Lost Generation and their enchanting city, Moonlight Over Paris is the spellbinding story of one young woman’s journey to find herself, and claim the life—and love—she truly wants.
3.) The secret life of Violet Grant - Beatriz Williams - Fresh from college, irrepressible Vivian Schuyler defies her wealthy Fifth Avenue family to work at cutthroat Metropolitan magazine. But this is 1964, and the editor dismisses her…until a parcel lands on Vivian’s Greenwich Village doorstep that starts a journey into the life of an aunt she never knew, who might give her just the story she’s been waiting for.
In Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.
What Alice forgot - Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over...
Big Little Lies - a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
BASED ON A TRUE STORY
1.) A Paris apartment - Michelle Gable - Based on the fascinating true story of a treasure-stocked Parisian apartment opened for the first time in seventy years.
2.) Before we were yours - Lisa Wingate - A South Carolina lawyer, researching her grandmother’s past, learns about a Tennessee orphanage that kidnapped children and placed them for adoption with wealthy people. Based on a real-life scandal.
ANTICIPATED FALL RELEASES - To Be Released
1.) The golden house - Salman Rushdie - SEPT. 5TH RELEASE Set against the backdrop of an ultrarich community in New York City immediately after Obama's election, it's an exploration of class, immigration, culture, and politics unlike anything you've read before.
2.) Forest dark - Nicole Krauss - SEPT. 12TH RELEASE Centered around a young woman and an elderly man who both set out to rediscover themselves and documents the extraordinary way that one place can change two very, very different people.
3.) Little fires everywhere - Celeste Ng - SEPT. 12TH RELEASE Set in the suburbs, it's the tale of one community's attempts to retain its picture-perfect facade and what happens when the secrets bubbling below the surface are just too big to hide anymore.
4.) What happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton - SEPT. 12TH RELEASE A memoir straight from the source herself about the events of the 2016 presidential election. “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.” —Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of What Happened
5.) Manhattan beach - Jennifer Egan - OCT. 3rd RELEASE This historical novel centers on a young woman who finds that a mysterious stranger from her past might explain everything about her father — and about the world she now inhabits in the seedy underbelly of Brooklyn.
AND if you're still thirsty for more reads (a good friend of ours turned us on to this) go ahead and check out goodreads.com they'll help suggest titles based on books you've read and loved! With good reads you can also check out what you're friends are reading and make decisions based on their book lists!
If you have any other recommendations you haven't seen on our list feel free to leave a comment below! We would love to continue putting out good lists based on readers feedback!
Thanks so much and happy reading!