I swear there is no better time to catch up on reading than the summer. TV shoes are mostly reruns, unless you are addicted to BRAVO shows like I am! I set aside hours every day to make sure I read. A lot.
So obsessed with books am I that I don’t always get to read what I download in a timely manner. I want to encourage you to get your hands on these, which are currently waiting for me on my Kindle!
I try to post about books on Fridays but my list of review books are piling up and I want to share right this minute. Head over to Goodreads or Amazon to get a hold of these perfect summer reads.
Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell
I’m a big fan of Ms. Bushnells! I will read everything and anything she writes! In this story, “a famous writer must resort to faking her own death in order to get her life back from her most infamous creation–Monica.”
I expect this to be just like her other novels, lots of fun and humor!
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I’ve read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s other novels and I’m looking forward to this one, the plot has definitely grabbed my interest. The synopsis reminds me of the Gwenyth Paltrow movie Sliding Doors.
“A young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.”
Days of Awe by Lauren Fox
“Only a year ago Isabel Moore was married, was the object of adoration for her ten-year-old daughter, and thought she knew everything about her wild, extravagant, beloved best friend, Josie. But in that one short year her husband moved out and rented his own apartment; her daughter grew into a moody insomniac; and Josie—impulsive, funny, secretive Josie—was killed behind the wheel in a single-car accident.”
Stop right there! I will read this but will tissues next to me.
Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
I’ve read books by Susan Wiggs in the past and have liked them. Check out the synopsis:
“When caregiver Faith McCallum arrives at the lakeside estate of Avalon’s Bellamy family, she’s intent on rebuilding her shattered life and giving her two daughters a chance at a better future. But she faces a formidable challenge in the form of her stubborn and difficult new employer, Alice Bellamy. While Faith proves a worthy match for her sharp-tongued client, she often finds herself at a loss for words in the presence of Mason Bellamy—Alice’s charismatic son, who clearly longs to escape the family mansion and return to his fast-paced, exciting life in Manhattan…and his beautiful, jet-setting fiancée.
The last place Mason wants to be is a remote town in the Catskills, far from his life in the city, and Faith McCallum is supposed to be the key to his escape. Hiring the gentle-hearted yet strong-willed caregiver as a live-in nurse gives his mother companionship and Mason the freedom to return to his no-attachments routine. For Faith, it means stability for her daughters and a much-needed new home. When Faith makes a chilling discovery about Alice’s accident, Mason is forced to reconsider his desire to keep everyone, including his mother, at a distance. Now he finds himself wondering if the supercharged life he’s created for himself is what he truly wants…and whether exploring his past might lead to a new life—and lasting love—on the tranquil shores of Willow Lake.”
This sounds like the perfect book to read on a rainy day!
Soul Shifts by Barbara De Angelis
This is the kind of book that I will read throughout the day, in snippets here and there. I am a constant work in progress and love reading books to help me along my journey. Here’s the 411:
“There are pivotal moments in the lives of all seekers when we realize that we’ve been traveling on our path of growth toward happiness and fulfillment, but, simply put, we want to go faster. How we have been living, working, and loving just isn’t enough or even acceptable anymore. We know we’re being called to something more significant and expanded—we can feel it. At these times what’s needed is not simply more change or an adjustment in our outer life, but profound transformation. We don’t just want to rearrange the pieces of ourselves so that they look better temporarily. We want nothing less than rebirth. We are ready for Soul Shifts.”
Goddesses Never Age by Christine Northrup
Like the book above, I will read this throughout the day. The title is gripping, isn’t it? I don’t want to age!
“Taking all the right supplements and pills, or getting the right procedure done, isn’t the prescription for anti-aging,” Dr. Northrup explains. “Agelessness is all about vitality, the creative force that gives birth to new life.” Goddesses Never Age is filled with tools and inspiration for bringing vitality and vibrancy into your own ageless years—and it all comes together in Dr. Northrup’s 14-day Ageless Goddess Program, your personal prescription for creating a healthful, soulful, joyful new way of being at any stage of life.
The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart
I have read and enjoyed Leah Stewart’s novels and have high expectations for this one! Tell me you aren’t intrigued with this teaser:
“In the tradition of Zoe Heller’s What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal, The New Neighbor is a darkly sophisticated novel about an old woman’s curiosity turned into a dangerous obsession as she becomes involved in her new neighbor’s complicated and cloaked life.”
Don’t Get Me Wrong by Marianne Kavanagh
I’m just finishing this one up. I really enjoyed the story and the authors writing style reminds me a little bit of Jojo Moyes.
“Kim and Harry are total opposites who happen to have the same favorite people in the world: Kim’s older sister, Eva, and her young son, Otis. Kim has never seen what her free-spirited big sister sees in a stuck-up banker like Harry and has spent her childhood trying to keep him out (must he always drive the most ostentatious cars and insist on charming everyone he meets?), while Harry’s favorite occupation is provoking Kim.
Both Harry and Kim are too stuck in their prejudices to care about what’s really going on beneath the surface of each other’s lives. They’ll never understand each other—until the worst of all tragedy strikes. Faced with the possibilities of losing the person they both love most, long-buried secrets come to a head in ways that will change both Harry and Kim forever.”
Tales from the Back Row by Amy Odell
I want to dive into this book and not resurface until every last page has been devoured! This is my kind of story!
“In Tales from the Back Row, Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell takes readers behind the stage of New York’s hottest fashion shows to meet the world’s most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers.
But first, she has to push her way through the crowds outside, where we see the lengths people go to be noticed by the lurking paparazzi, and weave her way through the packed venue, from the very back row to the front. And as Amy climbs the ladder (with tips about how you can, too), she introduces an industry powered by larger-than-life characters: she meets the intimidating Anna Wintour and the surprisingly gracious Rachel Zoe, not to mention the hilarious Chelsea Handler, and more.”
Rachel Zoe? Anna Wintour? Stop there, I already love it.
The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry
Another tearjerker I think. I have an enormous stack of books to read and this one is near the top. I cannot wait to read it. Here’s what you need to know:
“Ella’s life has been completely upended. She’s young, beautiful, and deeply in love–until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying save her. Or so she’ll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers’ block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He’s on the look-out for a love story. It doesn’t matter who it belongs to.”
I don’t want to ruin the rest for you. Suffice it to say these two get together and…I don’t want to know any more!
Follow You Home by Mark Edwards
I hope this is as good and creepy as some other thrillers I’ve read recently. I used to read suspenseful novels voraciously and got burnt out. I’m now back into them. When done right, these books will keep you up into the wee hours of the morning.
“After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura’s travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilisation, they must hike along the tracks through a forest…a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.
Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what they saw that night. But as they try to fit back into their old lives, it becomes clear that their nightmare is just beginning.”