One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.- Jeannette Walls
Ever since I was a little girl, there was nothing I loved more than heading to the library, as soon as school let out for the summer, so that I could get a thick stack of books to read during those lazy afternoons. Now that I’m an adult, not much has changed (well, except for the library part). If you feel the same way, you’ll be so excited about the latest crop of summer reads out this season. There’s a little bit of everything to choose from- whether you love historical fiction, suspense or chick lit (we all need some light reading in our life every now and then, right?).
I’ve selected some of my top picks for the summer that I think you’ll love reading. Here’s to curling up with a good book on the beach under the sun!
1. The Knockoff: A Novel by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza- This book is the talk of everyone in the fashion world circles right now and I must admit that it looks hilarious. It’s a stylish and super funny novel based on fashion in the digital age. It tells the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her young former assistant, Eve Morton, trying to take Imogen’s job and reduce the magazine down to an app.
2. My Paris Dream by Kate Betts- My Instagram feed has been filling up with images of this lovely looking book. Written a former editor for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, My Paris Dream is about Kate Betts journey to find both herself and a job in the fashion industry after she moves to Paris, just out of college, in the 1980s. After struggling for awhile, Kate finally catches the attention of John Fairchild, the publisher of Women’s Wear Daily, and she gains a front seat to the fashion world.
3. Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin- I’m dying to read this book about what t life is really like for Manhattan mothers on the exclusive Upper East Side. When Wednesday Martin moves to the exclusive neighborhood with her financier husband, she struggles to fit in. She soon learns to draw on her background in anthropology and applies the theories she knows to this elite group of materialistic mommies. The book pokes fun at everything from the much coveted Hermes Birkin bag to the play date coaches that are hired for preschool age children.
4. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll- Reese Witherspoon recently recommended this book on Instagram so you know it’s got to be g ood. It tells the story of Ani Fanelli, a girl from a suburban background, who attended a prestigious boarding school as a teen where she experienced a public humiliation that leaves her wanting to reinvent herself. She’s now 28 with a glamorous job and wealthy fiancee, everything she’s always wanted, but a dark secret from her past threatens to ruin everything.
5. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain- From the author of the bestselling The Paris Wife, comes a romantic epic that transports readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. The book is about Beryl Markham, a female aviator, who gets caught in a love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen.
6. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume- If you grew up reading Judy Blume, you’ll love this new novel. It’s set in the 1950s and tells the story of a group of people whose lives are forever changed by a series of unexpected plane crashes.
7. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave- This is a story of family and romantic secrets. It centers around Georgia Ford, who grew up on her family’s vineyard in Sonoma. On the eve of her wedding, she discovers a terrible secret about her fiancee that threatens to ruin their lives. She returns home for comfort only to uncover more drama where she least expects it.
8. It’s You by Jane Porter- Another one set in California wine country, It’s You is about Dr. Alison McAdams who returns to her father’s town to take care of him after experiencing a personal tragedy. The beautiful setting is the perfect place for her to recover but she finds herself entwined with her father’s WWII era friends which leads her to discover one woman’s lost love. Sounds interesting…
9. After This: When Life Is Over Where do We Go? by Claire Bidwell Smith- I’ve been following author and grief therapist Claire Bidwell Smith on Instagram for awhile and find her to be insightful and wise. Her latest book sees her go on a journey to discover what happens to us when life is over. She undergoes past-life regressions, sessions with psychics and mediums and explores religion all in an effort to find the answers.