I’m determined to find some time to myself this summer. I mean it! It hasn’t happened yet, though. But I’m still hopeful. My birthday was in April and a good girlfriend gave me a book as a gift. And I loved every single second of reading it! I’ve been fighting to find time to read more since then. With vacation coming up, I just know I will be able to find a few minutes for books (right?). Here’s a round-up of books to read this summer if you are looking for a little down time for yourself. This post contains affiliate links. What that means is if you purchase something through one of these links, I may get a little monetary reward. It’s usually only enough to pay for part of a Starbucks coffee, but hey! I’ll take it!
These books are basically a wish list for me. Some I have but haven’t read, some I am dying to read and some I know I’d love if I could just sequester myself somewhere for a few hours or turn off the part in my brain that tells me down time (even in the evening) is selfish.
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero I have had this book since Christmas and haven’t had time to read it yet! Jen is a success coach who shares short stories, advice and exercises to get you to realize your value and give you the confidence to go after it. Whatever it is.
Mom Boss by Nicole Feliciano You may remember that I just got a copy of this book at a recent Cabi clothing event where Nicole was hosting. This guide walks you through developing your business and how to manage it while being a wife and mother. There is no such thing as balance, and this book helps you look at this working mom struggle with new eyes.
Body Love: Live in Balance, Weight What you Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever by Kelly LeVeque Be Well by KellyIf you haven’t seen , you need to make it a daily read. It’s really well done. It features gorgeous imagery, videos, recipes and tons of great ideas to help you live well (with a heavy emphasis on healthy). This book is interesting to me because it speaks directly to something I have been really interested in for a while. I want to change my lifestyle, to eat healthier, in a sustainable way. I don’t want a fad diet. I want to understand what my body wants and how to adapt for success. This one is at the top of my list!
Wine All the Time by Marissa Ross I heart Marissa Ross. Marissa Ross has a wine focused blog, videos, and now a new book. She’s funny. And real. And totally not pretentious (she’s usually drinking the wine right from the bottle). She’s the gal you want to learn about wine from because she’s down to earth, can really convey what a wine is like in terms anyone can understand. And she’s funny as hell. Follow her on Instagram. Her stories are great! The Poetry of Pop by Adam Bradley In high school, I had a terrible time understanding poetry in my English class. So my very hip teacher called me in after class to work on it with me. She used song lyrics to help me understand the lessons she was teaching to the class with traditional poetry. It TOTALLY helped me. This book looks at lyrics of pop music and compares and contrasts them as real “poetry”. I talk a lot about this with my kids since we are just staring to explore rap music and I’ve really been able to show them how artistically rappers can string a though together. I think this would also make a great book for the music lover in you life!
The Young Wives Club: A Novel by Julie Pennell This book seems like the perfect book to read on vacation. It’s not hard hitting, it doesn’t go too deep, but it promises to be entertaining. It follows four friends whose marriages aren’t as idyllic as they seem. Some don’t want history to repeat itself, others are hoping for a way out of a small town (and life). This is one of those books that you can relate to pieces of all the characters and root for all of them.
First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Anderson Brower If you know me at all, you know I am totally interested in Presidents of the United States and their first ladies. I’m not all that interested in politics. I love a good behind the scenes look at what life is really like for the families that live at 1600 Pennsylvani Ave. This one looks at the role the First Ladies play including their causes and agendas while also being a wife and mother under extreme scrutiny. I just bought this for Kindle and will be starting this one tonight!!!Today I Will be Different by Maria Semple This is the book I got for my birthday. I read it in two days. It was glorious. By the same author who wrote, Where’d You Go Bernadette (which I also loved), these books are easy to read, but delve a little deeper in to how people behave and why. There are small twists and turns and they keep you engaged the whole time. This is definitely a great vacation book!
The Girls by Emma Cline If you are fans of the show Aquarius, you’ll love this book. Set at the end of the 1960’s, this is the story of a girl coming of age in a time where she longs to be like a group of cool girls she encounters. Little does she know that this group will bring her in to a dark inner circle of a cult leader and force her to make some tough choices. You can tell this is loosely based on Charles Manson and his free loving cult but it’s gotten tons of high praise and I think it’s a great summer reading option.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan I haven’t read any of this books yet, but I want to read all of them! This book follows a family as their matriarch is on her death bed and everyone is trying to get a piece of her fortune. Funny and wicked is how this book has been described. Family issues always provide the opportunity for highs and lows in any story and this book is high on my list to read!
If you are looking for the perfect books to read this summer, I’m sure you’ll find something that fits your taste on this list! What books do you think I need to know about?
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