Summer… the season of sunshine, lemonade and lazy days.
Maybe if you’re 13.
If your summer is anything like mine it’s the season of applying sunscreen 3 times a day to a shreaking toddler and negotiating how many veggies need to be consumed by a preschooler before he can be rewarded with ice cream. Before children I used to see the summer as a time I could easily crush a book a week and end the summer with 12 beach reads to show for it. This summer, I will be thrilled if I can finish 3-4 by Labor Day. Below are my recommendations and plans for summer reading (for Mama!), along with the books that inspired them.
Because I loved: Eleanor & Park
If you haven’t read YA novels since you were a young adult, this is the book to bring you back. It’s a perfect story about a young couple attempting to navigate the awkward and stressful years after childhood but before adulthood. If you rode a school bus to middle school or high school and have a soul, this book will leave a mark on you.
I’m going to read: We Were Liars
The first description that I read about this book was, “Each summer the wealthy, seemingly perfect, members of the Sinclair family gather on their private island. We Were Liars is the story of those annual reunions”. I love everything about this… Wealthy AND seemingly perfect? You don’t say… I need to know the dirt, immediately!
Because I loved: What Alice Forgot
You probably read this book the night before the book club meeting you were hosting a few months ago. It’s the perfect combination of being relatable to every mom’s life while also entertaining and thought provoking. I left this book with a new understanding of how in 10 short years of my life I have the ability to change, grow, spread happiness, cause pain, etc. I hated realizing that I have so much power, but it’s better to realize it now then 10 years from now.
I’m going to read: Before I go to Sleep
This is the story of Christine who suffers from some sort of amnesia that causes her to wake up every morning to her husband, Ben, and her doctor explaining her condition to her. One morning she opens her journal to see she’s written to herself, “Don’t trust Ben”. You’ve got goosebumps, right? We must find out what’s up with Ben. I never liked him anyway…
Because I loved: I Like You Just the Way I am: Stories About Me and Some Other People
This book is just laugh out loud ridiculous and I’m only slightly ashamed that I loved it so much. Jenny Mollen is probably no crazier than I am, but she’s far more honest about it.
I’m going to read: Live Fast Die Hot
Without knowing anything about the sequel other than how I felt about her first book, I know I’ll read her second book in two nights and I’ll laugh through it and love every second of it.
Because I loved: The Nightingale
If you haven’t read The Nightingale, it should be at the top of your list. Or maybe wait until Fall because it’s a bit heavy. Wonderful and a page turner, but HEAVY. You’ve probably read several novels about various stories taken place during WWII but you’ve probably never thought about the way the two sisters in this story spent their years during the war.
I’m going to read: The Girls
If you’re a disciple of Entertainment Weekly like I am, you have no choice but to read Emily Cline’s debut novel. It’s the story of a group of young women in the 60’s and their path to a Manson life cult. Chills…