11 Books To Add To Your Summer Reading List

I love to read. It is my happy place, my great escape. Plop me on the beach or on a pool chair, give me a good book, and leave me be. While my reading days are limited as a busy mom, I still make it a priority as part of my self care to get some good reading in. I am the type of person who will stay up until 4 in the morning to finish my book. As a mom, I have had to stop myself many nights as I’ve learned to regret it one too many times. Whoops! On girl trips, get aways with my husband, or the nights where I’m hiding in my room, I grab a book and start my great escape. I’ve put together a reading list of must read this summer. Some are on my to read list and some I’ve already read but would willingly read again!

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

“For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime”- readbetweenthespines.com I read this book in March and It was so cute! Definitely had some unexpected moments but I really enjoyed their journey together. It was a nice, uncomplicated read. It’s a little spicy at times, but you can skip those moments if you aren’t comfortable with it.

The Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center

I can attest that this book is worth the read! It’s a little spicy but the story is captivating. “The Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt, engaging story about family, love, and the power of forgiveness. It follows Cassie Hanwell, a young woman who unexpectedly has to uproot her life and relocate from Texas to Boston to take care of her ailing mother.”- The Bookish Libra

The Inheritance by Joann Ross

“When conflict photographer Jackson Swann dies, he leaves behind a conflict of his own making when his three daughters, each born to a different mother, discover that they’re now responsible for the family’s Oregon vineyard—and for a family they didn’t ask for.”- Amazon

The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

This book has been sitting on my nightstand for a few months now, taunting me! With homeschool slowing down and summer fast approaching, I am excited to dive in! Who wants to join me? “Hattie Kavanaugh went to work restoring homes for Kavanaugh & Son Restorations at eighteen, married the boss’s son at twenty, and became a widow at twenty-five.”-Amazon

Under the Magnolias by TI Lowe

I read this book last summer and it was so good, I am hoping to read it again this summer! It hits on some possible triggers, so reader beware, but it was a fantastic, emotional, and empowering story. “Austin Foster is barely a teenager when her mama dies giving birth to twins, leaving her to pick up the pieces while holding her six siblings together and doing her best to stop her daddy from retreating into his personal darkness. Scratching out a living on the family’s tobacco farm is as tough as it gets.”- Amazon

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

When Katy’s mother, Carol, passed away, she lost her very best friend. She took a previously planned mother daughter vacation to Italy where her mother spent a summer, many years before. While there, “Carol appears—in the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old. Katy doesn’t understand what is happening, or how—all she can focus on is that she has somehow, impossibly, gotten her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman before her.” simonandschuster.com

The Husbands by Chandler Baker

Nora is a busy working mom, trying to have it all but seemingly unable to make it happen. That is until, they move to Dynasty Ranch. While there, “Nora uncovers a plot that may explain the secret to having-it-all. One that’s worth killing for. Calling to mind a Stepford Wives gender-swap, The Husbands imagines a world where the burden of the “second shift” is equally shared–and what it may take to get there.” goodreads.com

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

If you’re in the mood for a little mystery, follow the journey of Tanya Dubois.  “Tanya DuBois doesn’t exist. At least not after an accident leaves her husband dead and makes her Suspect No. 1. She has one choice: Run. Tanya isn’t real, and neither is Amelia Keen, Debra Maze, or any of her other aliases.”- googlebooks

Where’d You Go Bernadette? By Maria Semple

When architect Bernadette Fox goes missing just before a big family vacation to Antarctica, the search is on! Once you’ve finished this novel, you can enjoy the movie adaptation starring Cate Blanchett

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

If you’re in the mood for a somewhat cheesy, feel good romantic comedy novel, this is it! “Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindergarten teacher than somebody who could kill you with a wine bottle opener. Or a ballpoint pen. Or a dinner napkin. But the truth is, she’s an Executive Protection Agent (aka “bodyguard”), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his middle-aged, corgi-breeding stalker.” – goodreads.com

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

“Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.”- kristinhannah.com

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