Growing up, Saturdays were my favorite day. Not because it was a day off from school but because it was library day. My dad would take my brother and I to the library for an hour. We picked out books for the week, my stack being at least 5 books tall. Then all Saturday afternoon I laid out on the floor surrounded by the new-to-me books. It was heaven for this bookish babe. So I can’t even believe it took me almost a year since we moved into our new house to get a library card. But a brand new library card was in hand last week, finally. Today I’m going to share with you what’s on my summer reading list for summer 2017.
What I’m reading this summer…
In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney
The Design*Sponge editor’s book has been on my list for quite some time. I finally took the plunge and purchased a copy for my birthday. I’m all in for the inspiring stories of hard work and hustle from some girl bosses.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Wave
As an avid listener of true crime podcasts and lover of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10 was a natural addition to my summer reading list. It tells the story of a woman on a cruise ship who believes she sees a woman being thrown overboard. But no one believes her and no one aboard the ship is missing. A suspenseful thriller to keep me on my toes this summer!
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
Alright, this one is a bit of a cheat for my summer reading list because I already finished it a week or so ago. But it was definitely a good first read of the summer. The book explores life in a small NY town three years later and how everyone is coping with the inexplicable loss of loved ones after two percent of the population vanishes one day. It’s also an HBO show which just wrapped up its third and final season this spring. Spoiler alert: I’m just now watching the show and, while it’s amazing, it’s definitely way different than the book. Both are totally worth a read/watch.
The Girls by Emma Cline
Lost and lonely fourteen year old Evie Boyd spots three girls at the park in her California town, she feels inexplicably drawn to them. Soon she’s drawn into their strange world led by their mysterious and charismatic leader, Russell. Set in 1969 with flash forwards to present day, this book based on the haunting and strange Manson murders. It also deals with the difficulties of young womanhood and the struggle to belong. (Another) spoiler alert: I finished this when I was getting my hair done last Thursday and I HIGHLY recommend The Girls. It’s so strange but beautifully written and thought-provoking.
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
This book has been sitting on my shelf for far too long. It was a Christmas gift from Nick who heard about it on a podcast. No, your married life is all about podcasts…But anyway, Currey explores the creative processes used by some of the top artists and creators. This book will be some much needed inspiration to get my gears going this summer.
Not pictured but also reading this summer…
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
If you ever had aspirations to marry a prince, this book is a must. It follows the story of Bex, an American student who spends a semester “studying” at Oxford and falls in love with future heir to the British crown. It’s loosely based on the story of Kate Middleton and Prince William so what could be better?
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
When I found a paperback copy of this book at the Dollar Store (yes, my Dollar Store is the most amazing place on earth), I needed it. I love Sittenfeld’s compelling story lines and amazing writing. Sisterland tells the story of twin sisters who have psychic abilities. Where one sister chooses to suppress her abilities, the other uses them in her career as a psychic medium. When a devastating earthquake hits their home of St. Louis, they are forced to reconcile and come to terms with their gifts.
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
This was actually a book I purchased for Nick after it was on his must-read list because the couple that reads together, stays together. Also, I love Aziz Ansari and am eagerly awaiting another season of Master of None. So while I’m waiting I might as well read this book that combines data, interviews, and comedy to explore romance in our brand new global and tech world.
And that’s it! Armed with my shiny new library card, I plan to spend a lot of hours this summer surrounded by books. Now I must know: