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Unfortunately, at our age, we no longer get an “official” summer vacation, i.e. three months of carefree bliss, sandwiched in between naps and TV reruns. Even still, I always look forward to summer and I always load up on new paperback books. I know, I know– why not use a kindle? or an Amazon Fire? I am just one of “those” who love the feel of the pages between my hands (I also have a ton of built-in shelves that need to be filled with something).
Here are a few books that I’ve recently finished and loved. Most of these summer reading recommendations have come from other bloggers and thus far, no one has done me wrong. Each one has something different to bring to the table and all are perfect summer reads.
You know that feeling you get when you turn the final page of a good book and you can’t help but close your eyes, hold the book to your chest, and let out a huge sigh of happiness? No? Then, you’ll experience it at the end of this book — I promise. It’s a story of an Italian romance spanning over 5 decades, commencing in the 1960s. The story flashes forward and backwards; always keeping you on your toes. I’ve been itching to go to an Italian coast ever since reading it.
Find it on Amazon here.
First things first: I am not a widow and this is not a “self-help” book. I just wanted to make that clear… My friend saw this book on my kitchen island not too long ago and looked at me with a “wtf” face. I assuaged her concerns and let her know that it was fiction and it was a new book by Carole Radziwill. If you aren’t a Bravo TV fan, then you probably won’t know who she is– but I am OBSESSED with her. Her style. Her personality. Her story. Just, her in general. To be honest, this book was probably my least favorite of this bunch, but it was still good. If you like the Shopaholic series, this story’s tone will remind you of it. I love Carole, but I loved her memoir so much more (find it here).
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I’ll be honest. I judged this book by its cover. I didn’t really get it, and it looked kind of adolescent. I kept putting it off. The story does initially feel a bit young (it takes place in high school), but you quickly realize there is a darkness to it and you get swept up in it. The story is told from the dual points of view of both main characters, which was interesting. If you come from a divorced family or you were a bit “punk rock-y” in high school (was it only me?), then you’ll identify with Eleanor. I couldn’t put it down once I got started.
Find it here.
Typically, you will finish a good book to later find out that it will be made into a movie or TV series; but, I discovered this book via the backwards route. I was looking for a new series to binge watch and saw a preview for Outlander on Starz. All of those premium channels (HBO, Showtime, Starz) have been pumping out some amazing series lately, so I gave it a try. I think I finished the entire first season in just 2 days… I was hooked. Historical romances, especially European ones, always get me. I googled the show to learn more and found out it was an 8-book series! Each novel is 500+ pages (and tiny print), but I’m already on the 4th one. It’s so interesting– even though it is a sequential series and I recommend that you read it in order, each novel is meant to be a standalone, as well. You can pick up any of the books and enjoy it just as much, without feeling that you are missing something. Don’t let the heavy Scottish “accents” deter you (somehow the written text exudes an accent, I swear).
Out of all my summer recommendations, I recommend this series the most highly. Order it here.
Finally, a good lighthearted read. If you love celebrity gossip, this book is chock-full of it. I have to say, I find myself watching Andy Cohen’s late night show every single night. He asks his guests ridiculous and crazy questions– I love it! This book was an homage to Andy Warhol, whose personal diary was published after he died. Both books simply detail their daily comings-and-goings, leaving no celebrity tidbit omitted. Andy Cohen is BFFs with Sarah Jessica Parker, John Mayer, the Seinfelds, and Anderson Cooper, among others. It’s juicy and the perfect poolside read.
Order it here.
What are you reading this summer? I’ll be working on the Outlander series, but I need more suggestions!!