Summer Reads

Oh the long lazy days of summer...wait a minute, my summer hasn't been lazy at all! I need to fix that. I've had a goal this year to read 20 books and I'll admit, I'm nowhere close to being on track. I love reading, I just find it's one of the first things I drop when life gets busy. As I still have a month of summer left, these are some of the books I'm planning to read or - I have read and highly recommend. So turn off Netflix, get off your phones and pick up a book people! But only after you finish this post first...obvi! ;)

summer reads 2016


1.  Sex Object - Jessica Valenti 

I'm quite eager to get my hands on this book all about sexism and the shared experiences that most of us women go through that shape who we are and the way we live. High five for feminism!

2. Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty - Ramona Ausubel

I recently got this book and have only just started as I'm also reading two others right now haha. This book is about what happens to a family when they are no longer able to live the life of luxury they've become so accustomed to. I imagine, things are going to get pretty juicy!

3. I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh

This is another one of the books I'm reading and I'm only about 1/3 of the way through but it's gooood! It's a heart wrenching tale of a mother's journey after the unimaginable happens and those around her who are trying to pick up the pieces and help her on her new journey. 

4. The Happiness Equation - Neil Pasricha

I love me a good self help book and I'd love to read this one. In this book, Neil Pasricha apparently breaks down 'how to want nothing, do anything, and have everything'. Now I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty great to me! Where do I sign up? lol

5. I Had A Nice Time - The Betches

If you read Betches, you already know what these sassy ladies are all about. Naturally, I love them so I'm hoping I can grab a copy of this (hilarious, I'm assuming) book as a fun read over the summer. It is a book about dating and while I'm happily taken, I'm sure I'll still be entertained and laughing the whole way through. 

6. Dead Wake - Erik Larson

Any book that's a 'Heather's Pick' is one I will usually trust that I'll love. This book is the story of a luxury passenger ship during WW1 and the chaos that surrounds their journey during tumultuous times. I'm always down for a bit of literary drama with a touch of history and this book sounds like it perfectly fits the bill!

7. Dinner With Edward - Isabel Vincent

After reading the synopsis of this book I was immediately charmed at this story about an elderly man and the young woman who is initially obligated to go visit him for dinners. As time goes on their relationship grows into a friendship and I can only imagine how heartwarming this story will be. 

8. Tiny Beautiful Things - Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar is written by the formerly anonymous columnist "Dear Sugar" who is actually Cheryl Strayed,  author of the memoir Wild (or, the movie with Reese Witherspoon lol). I'm totally intrigued to get her insights in love and live and can't wait to read this. 

9. If I Was Your Girl - Meredith Russo

A book about love, acceptance, change and vulnerability, If I Was Your Girl made it onto my list as soon as I read the synopsis. Oh, and the fact it has 5 star reviews all over the board didn't hurt either ;)

10. The Girls - Emma Cline

I won't lie - this book made it onto my list because it's a 'trendy book' this summer. I've seen it all over blogs and instagram and quite frankly, I'm curious to see what all the hype is about! 

11. F*ck Feelings - Michael & Sarah Bennett

Any book with the word f*ck in the title instantly gets a thumbs up from me. I'd really like to read this book written by a Harvard educated psychiatrist and his comedy writing duo. This sounds like the perfect amount of "get your shit together/let's solve your problems" and comedy which in my opinion, is the best combination. 

12. Primates of Park Avenue - Wednesday Martin

I want to read this book thanks to my love of the Real Housewives of anywhere. I feel like this would be the type of novel that would be a quick, fun and easy read. Sometimes, you need a good book like that as an escape from reality and from the sounds of it, I think this would be a pretty good one!

13. Adulthood Is A Myth - Sarah Andersen

For a hilarious relief from the stresses of the world I want to get my hands on this book. For sarcastic, self depricating humour, I think this book is the perfect fit. "Do you love networking to advance your career? Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared? Ugh. Please go away." <-- Enough said! haha

14. Me Before You - Jojo Moyes

I feel like at this point I'm the only person left who hasn't read this book! haha Especially now that it's been made into a movie I really want to read it because in my opinion, the book is always better than the movie - 100% of the time. 

15. The Nest - Cynthia D'aprix Sweeney

My girl Kristina did a full review on this book and her sentiments 100% echo mine. I really enjoyed this book as a fun and easy read. A great way to escape from reality and delve into the lives of a dysfunctional family. I love a little bit of drama!

16. The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper - Phaedra Patrick

Reading the information about this book, it sounds like a great light read about a man on a quest to learn more about his wife's life before they met. This seems like the perfect kind of book to sit on the patio and get into while you work on your tan.