summer reads

i reluctantly (there’s something about holding an actual book in your hands) bought my kindle reader a year or so ago and ever since then i’ve been devouring books. i find i fall asleep so much faster and sleep better when i take the time to read for 15-20 minutes before bed.

i’ve been wanting to put together a list of some of my favorites for a while, so here they are! hopefully a few of you can add these to your beach reads if your plans are lucky enough to include that!



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fates and furies definitely doesn’t fall under the “beach read” category of light and breezy but it wouldn’t stop me from adding it to my bag. it’s beautifully written with a story that twists and turns.

eight hundred grapes…oh my good gracious, i LOVED this book and was really really sad when it ended. it centers around a large family (as all the best plot lines do) who own and reside on a northern california vineyard. i loved all the wine knowledge i also picked up from this read. like the fact that it takes 800 grapes to make one bottle of wine. can’t recommend enough.

dumplin’ isn’t a new book, it’s technically young adult and i read it last winter (as a recommendation from gail werner). but adored it so so much that i had to mention it to you. it’s about an overweight pageant queen-hopeful from texas and centers around the message that beauty is so much more than skin deep.


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i love emma straub’s writing and the vacationers was a really sweet read. it’s about a family who takes a summer holiday to mallorca. of course not everything can go according to plan and this easy read was refreshing and fun.

it seems like the whole internet was abuzz with the nest so i had to jump on the train. i thought the story was wonderfully written but found it a little hard to follow with SO many characters. nevertheless, i fell hard for a couple of those characters and love how this story unfolded with a focus on what’s really important in life.

maybe in another life was another recommendation from gail (seriously go follow her on instagram if only for the books) and i loved it…hard. after an unfortunate incident hannah’s story is told through two different scenarios, pending the choices she makes, which i found intriguing, smart and again, didn’t want it to end. so so loved this.


aside from the one that got away, these are all new releases within the past month. modern lovers and here’s to us are waiting for me on my kindle to finish up my current elin hilderbrand book (when nothing else strikes my fancy i just add another one of hers to my list. always good standbys). is there anything more fun than preordering a book, forgetting about it and then opening up your home screen to find it waiting for you?? i’m so excited about all 6 of these!


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you can always follow along with what i’m reading and what i want to read, via goodreads. let’s be friends!

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