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12 Books to Read This Summer

12 books to read this summer // It has been a blazing' summer with this heat and the books that have been released this year! I am part of various book club groups on Instagram and Facebook. I've been picking up a few books to read that they recommend and GOODNESS GOLLY! I've been enjoying these reads that I just had to share with you!

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12 books to read this summer ::: It has been a blazing’ summer with this heat and the books that have been released this year!

I am part of various book club groups on Instagram and Facebook. I’ve been picking up a few books to read that they recommend and GOODNESS GOLLY! I’ve been enjoying these reads that I just had to share with you!

I know summer is starting to come to an end, but we still have time! If you have been wondering what books to read to finish off your summer, here is the perfect list for you!

With the 12 books listed below I have not read all of them, but they are on my TBR (to be read) list!

Ready to check them out!? Let’s go! 12 Books to Read This Summer >>>

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The following quotes you may see are from from the description of the books listed below.

12 Books to Read This Summer

1. Where’d You Go Bernadette

Author: Maria Semple

I LOVED THIS READ, and I believe you will too! What a perfect way to enjoy the summer with this book of adventure, mystery and self-discovery in hand! This book has been turned into a movie that will be released in August 2019.

Where’d You Go Bernadette is about a mother, Bernadette, who used to be a very successful and under the radar architect in Los Angeles. Something goes horribly wrong with one of her projects, the 20-mile house, and it causes Bernadette to lose it a little. So her and her husband packed up and moved to Seattle where her daughter Bee was born.

While they are in Seattle, Bernadette has a hard time fitting in with others and overtime becomes a bit of a recluse. She does not get along with other mothers that go to Bee’s school. The other mothers are very judgy of Bernadette since she’s a working mom and doesn’t participate in school activities.

Throughout the book you will read about how Bernadette loses it and decides to disappear! Her husband, daughter and friends have not heard from Bernadette in months. But her daughter, Bee, refuses to hear that her mother is gone forever. Bee takes it upon herself and goes out searching for Bernadette!

2. The Sun is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star is another fantastic and super easy read! You can get this book read in two to four days. This book was also turned into a movie, but I have not seen it yet, only the trailer!

The Sun is Also a Star is about two young teenagers in New York City, Natasha and Daniel.

Natasha doesn’t believe in fate, or that things happen for a reason. She has a hard time opening up and puts on a tough face, when deep down she wants to be just like any other teenage girl. Instead of worrying about getting deported back to Jamaica due to her fathers mistake, she wants to be out deciding which college to attend and what to study.

Daniel on the other hand is a complete and hopeless romantic who believes in fate, destiny and dreams to be a poet one day. He is first generation Korean American, who receives a lot of pressure from his parents to go to Yale and become a doctor. They don’t want to hear anything about this becoming of a poet dream.

One day, Daniel has an interview with Yale. Meanwhile, Natasha has a very important meeting to attempt to put a stop to the deportation. The bump paths, and Daniel believes he can get Natasha to fall in love with him in one day. Natasha believes heavily in science and does not believe that love is a thing.

Will Daniel prove her wrong? Was them bumping into each other fate?

3. Yes She Can

Authors: Andrea R. Flores, Eleanor Celeste, Jaimie Woo, Jenna Brayton, Kalisha Dessources Figures, Molly Dillion, Nita Contreras, Noémie Levy, Vivian Graubard, and Taylor Lustig

Yes She Can is a book compiled of 10 stories from 10 different women that worked under the Obama presidential administration.

My absolute favorite story was the first one! It literally made me cry. I got on the phone to tell my mother about it, and I started to cry over the phone! Then I go and read a few pages from the first story to Alex, and I started to cry then too!

The other 9 stories are wonderful as well! But right off the bat this book reels you in to read the wonderful and crazy stories of these 10 women that worked for the Obama Administration. You will get to hear stories on how these women made a difference for immigration, children, inspiring women across the country, inspiring students, and even what all went into planning these extravagant and big events held at the White House.

Yes She Can is a very great and inspiring read!

4. The Proposal

Author: Jasmine Guillory

I have not read this one yet, but I did just get it in the mail!

Of course the perfect summer sport to support is baseball! The fireworks, the crowd, the hot dogs, beer, people trying to start a wave around the stadium, and the nostalgic 7th inning cheer – Take Me Out to The Ball Game!

In The Proposal, Nikole is with her man (that she’s been with for less than 6 months) at a Dodger’s baseball game. At the game, her boyfriend decides to pop the question on the big screen in front of the whole stadium! Nikole wasn’t expecting this and felt so embarrassed! Who says no to a thing like that?! A man at the stadium, Carlos, comes to the rescue! He gets Nikole out of there!

Throughout the story you’ll get to read about Nikole’s rebound with Carlos and how some of the FWB rules start to get broken. Whose going to put on the brakes? Is Nikole ready to let Carlos go?

5. The Whisper Network

Author: Chandler Baker

The Whisper Network was one of Reese Witherspoon’s books of the month this summer! She talked about the book in her Instagram story, which you’ll still be able to view on her Reese’s Book Club page in the highlights for July 2019.

The Whisper Network is about four women who work at a law firm who get taken advantage of from sexism to actual sexual assaults. They become friends and decide to take on the boss who treats them badly. The women make sure their actions are within the law, but then one of the women takes matters into her own hands!

6. Twenty-Two

Author: Allison Trowbridge

I’m such a cheese-ball! Since I turned 22 this summer, I thought to myself “when is a more perfect time than this to read a book called Twenty-Two!?” I know, I know it’s pathetic! BUT this book sounds like something I needed pre-twenties and am not going to reject it now.

Twenty-Two is about the author sharing the stories and information she wished she knew when she was younger. She decides to write Twenty-Two letters to a fictional college character, Ashley. Throughout the letters the author shares concerns about “identity, loss, social impact as a lifestyle, wisdom” and so much more!

I believe this is a perfect summer time read for those going back to school in the fall, or starting a new job. Whatever it is, I believe this book will give you some reminder to think about and value for a better and confident you!

7. 9 Days and 9 Nights

Author: Katie Cotugno

It’s summer! A time to soak up the sun and go on adventures! In 9 Days and 9 Nights, Molly worked hard to try to reinvent and become a better version of herself. Especially after the year she just had, Molly needed a fresh start!

A year later, Molly and her new boyfriend, Ian, take a trip around Europe. Along the way they run into Molly’s ex-boyfriend, Gabe, whose with his new girlfriend. Comes to find out Molly & Ian and Gabe & his new girlfriend have the same the itinerary for their European vacation. Ian being the kind guy he is, asks Gabe and his girlfriend to join them on their vacation since they are going the same way.

Molly and Gabe of course do not want that to happen, but decide to go along with it! They also decided (for some reason!) not let their new partners know about their past relationship.

Will Ian find out? How will he react? What happened between Molly and Gabe? Is this fate?

8. The Light We Lost

Author: Jill Santopolo

The Light We Lost is about Lucy and Gabe’s relationship. They met their senior year of college at Columbia University. Throughout their relationship, Gabe was the first person to inspire Lucy and open her up to new things that made her better. After they graduated, they wanted their lives to matter and to make something of themselves on their own, and decided to part ways.

A year later, Lucy and Gabe run into each other thinking it’s fate and that they are meant to be. As time continues, Gabe is offered a photojournalist position in the Middle East, and Lucy goes after her career in New York.

Will their love last? Was it fate that brought them together again?

This story will take you through “a 13-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and ultimately, of love” with an unforgettable ending.

9. The Keeper of Lost Things

Author: Ruth Hogan

So excited to read The Keeper of Lost Things! It’ll add a bit of mystery to your summer!

The Keep of Lost Things is about a man named Anthony Peardew. Four decades ago he carelessly lost a keepsake from his fiancee, Therese. That very same day he lost the item Therese died! Anthony was heartbroken and felt so guilty that to help him grief, from that moment on, he would “rescue” these lost objects – “the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind – and then he would write stories about them.”

Present day, his life is coming near an end and decides to share his secret collection with his assistant Laura, by leaving her his house that holds all the lost things he’s collected.

After recently getting divorced, Laura was able to get a fresh start by moving into Peardew’s home. She was able to make friends with a neighbor and gardener. Laura and her new friends were finally starting to put the puzzle together on the lost possessions and Peardew’s last wished: “reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.”

What will Laura decide to do? Take on the challenge, let it all go, or will she be able to “unlock the past and make the connections” to fulfill Peardew’s wishes?

10. Something in the Water

Author: Catherine Steadman

We have to keep you on the edge of your seat, and Something in the Water just may do the trick!

Lovebirds and newlyweds, Erin + Mark, go on their dream honeymoon in Bora Bora. While they are out enjoying one another, the beautiful sky, sand between their toes, the crystal blue sea they decide to go out and do something… scuba diving! But it’s what they find while scuba diving…

Erin and Mark have to make a decision, to tell others or to keep what they in the water to themselves? Would it hurt anyone to not tell, or to tell? How bad will the consequences be?

“Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .”

Something in the Water challenges the reader to confront the hopes we desperately cling to, the ideals we’re tempted to abandon, and the perfect lies we tell ourselves.”

11. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

I have heard such great things about Big Magic, I just had to include it! Plus it has very similar intentions and values as does Curly ‘N Loud.

Big Magic is a chance the author gets to show YOU how to embrace your creativity, “curiosity and let go of needless suffering.”

Gilbert will teach us how to love what we love, how to go beyond fear and not letting that overwhelm us. Big Magic will open up your mind to go after your dreams, no matter how big or how small. To become the person you’ve always desired to be.

“She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives” and how to balance it all!

12. Why Not Me?

Author: Mindy Kaling

Last but not least, Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?.

I know this book came out a few years ago, but I still believe it applies to today. I’m pretty sure we’ve all had moments where we think, WHY NOT ME?

In Why Not Me? Mindy shares her stories about adulting, succeeding at her relationships, shares her experiences and feelings of being lonely, and “believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you”.

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  • Marjolein

    I wish I read your post. I’m on holiday now and didn’t know what books to pack. So I’m now just re-reading Harry Potter ?.

    August 21, 2019 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Zara

    I absolutely love this blog post! Makes me want to go to the library right now and grab some of these, especially “Where’d You Go Bernadette.” I also love how you gave such compelling previews to each book, without giving away all the details or any spoilers!

    August 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm Reply
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