Best Summer Reads

The Story of a Beautiful Girl, Rachel Simon

I’ve been known for finishing books in record speed (I pulled an all-nighter for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire); this book is so fantastic you won’t be able to put it down either. The Story of Beautiful Girl focuses on five lives, told over the span of 40 years. These lives are drawn together by a secret, a baby girl born to a developmentally disabled young woman in 1968, who has escaped from the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. Before she is caught and sent back to the Institution, she whispers “Hide her”, to an elderly retired schoolteacher. Thus begins the 40 year tale of the characters.

50 Shades of Grey, EL James

I heard so much about 50 Shades of Grey, the book that’s been on the mind of every woman, from college girls to housewives, that despite my avoidance for best-sellers, I decided to download it. The second I did, I noticed the overwhelming amount reviews on my Kindle store that rated it 1-star. Uh-oh. I don’t know about the rest of you, but after reading this, I definitely fell into the 1-star rating category. The repetition of words (how many times can she bite her lip?), weak plot, and laughable dialogue..where does it end? If you hated Twilight, don’t bother picking this up (This article is an interesting read, that states 50 Shades series is based on fan fiction of the Twilight series). So why is this on my list? It’s been so praised and widely read, I’d love to know your thoughts.

The One HundredNina Garcia


The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own, is an alphabetical shopping guide to the 100 classic pieces every woman should own. It may be already a little dated, as it references to an iPod, but most of the classic pieces, like a cashmere sweater or peacoat, will be staples forever. If you’re looking to ditch the yoga pants, and dress like a french woman, this book is for you. It’s a great summer read because you can skip around and it’s easy to put down and pick up anytime.

The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls

As I read the opening chapter of this book, I realized I had heard this story before. On Oprah, exactly. Author Jeannette Walls had come clean about her family in 2005 on The Oprah Show, her parents were homeless. The Glass Castle recounts her childhood, growing up with non conformist parents, who choose pursuing their own dreams over their children’s basic needs. We follow their story growing up nomad-like in New Mexico, eventually moving to a mining town in West Virginia. You will cheer (internally, I hope, if you’re reading it in public) as Jeannette and her siblings grow up and strike out on their own. This is a great story about family and unconditional love. If you love biographies, and books by Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris, you’ll really enjoy this tale.

I’ve Got Your Number, Sophie Kinsella

Honestly, anything by Sophie Kinsella, (or penned under her real-name, Madeline Wickham), is a great beach read. The author of the Shopaholic series brings us I’ve Got Your Number, a fun novel about a recently engaged young woman, Poppy Wyatt, who in the process of searching for her lost heirloom engagement ring, picks up an abandoned phone, which entangles her in the life of businessman Sam Roxton.

What’s on your summer reading list?

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