Summer Reading List | The 5 Books To Kick Your Summer Off

When I was a kid, I spent my summers with my nose in a book. Some of my favorite memories revolve around my Dad taking me to Barnes and Noble, or the local library so I could check out the latest book in their summer reading challenge. As an adult (much to my dismay), life leaves little time for leisurely reading. With the summer upon us, I am so excited to take every chance I have to stick my nose in a book. To start the summer off, I’ve put together a small Summer Reading list.

Summer Reading List | 5 Books to Kick off Your Summer

1. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture In Crisis 

 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis  is an eye-opening read, and personal analysis of a culture in crisis. This novel was an easy to read page turner. Politics aside, this memoir sheds light onto a struggling class of Americans whose stories are often untold. Author J.D. Vance recounts the experiences of his family  to describe the challenges facing the poor working white class. This hillbilly culture Vance sheds light on is being ravaged by drug addiction, physical and verbal abuse, failing schools, broken families and fatherless children. The lack of economic opportunity and  vanishing sense of personal responsibility puts this culture in crisis. Vance shares his personal experiences and recounts how he escaped from this world.


2. All We Ever Wanted

All We Ever Wanted is author Emily Giffin’s newest fiction novel will hit shelves on June 26th, 2018. As a self proclaimed Emily Giffin fan-girl, I will be running to snag this novel as soon as possible. All We Ever Wanted tells the story of three very different people who must choose between their families and their values. What I love most about Emily Giffin novels is how she seamlessly ties the stories of individual characters into one all consuming larger plot. Her books are always ones I find myself not being able to put down. If you’re looking for a good beach read, I highly suggest adding All We Ever Wanted to your summer reading list.


3. Truly Madly Guilty

 Truly Madly Guilty is a novel I’ve been itching to read after finishing Liane Moriarty’s novel turned hit HBO series Big Little Lies. If this novel is anything like Liane’s other bestsellers, it promises to be a captivating story, that keeps you guessing till the end. Just an ordinary Sunday afternoon leads to a ripple effect novel where Liane shows.  “how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how too often we don’t appreciate how extraordinary our ordinary lives are until it’s too late.” 

4. Girl, Wash Your Face

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be, is the first book from Rachel Hollis. Created of her own online fan base of hundreds, Rachel is the founder of the lifestyle website and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media. Rachel Hollis keeps it real as she shares tips for living your best life while she reveals the messy parts of her own. Throughout Girl Wash Your Face, Rachel reveals different lies that she once believed. After letting go of these lies, she was able to let go of feeling overwhelmed and unworthy. I personally, cannot wait to see what truth these pages speak, and already look forward to feeling lighter after finishing this memoir.

5. The Royal We

In honor of the recent Royal Wedding, I’ve added  The Royal We to my summer reading list.  The Royal We is a lighthearted, fiction novel by the women of Go Fug Yourself, a royal and celebrity reporting blog. This fun novel tells the story of an American girl who travels “across the pond” to find her own prince charming. This romantic comedy style novel sounds like the perfect book to pack for a beach vacation or road trip! I’m already looking forward to adding this to my beach bag.


What is on your summer reading list? I am always looking for new suggestions to add to my wish list! I am looking forward to making reading a bigger priority this summer. Even if just for a few minutes, I look forward to escaping into the pages of these novels and more.


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