Ever since I was a little girl I have absolutely loved to read. I could be found spending days reading The Babysitters Club, The Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew. I absolutely loved getting lost in stories, traveling to new places in my mind, and experiencing what I was going through by reading about it in books. I remember picking out a fictional book to mirror whatever I was going through to help me mentally prepare and get excited. Turns out, reading a book about a place you have recently visited or about some activity you recently enjoyed can prolong the feel-good effects of that vacation or memory! Looks like I was on to a happiness hack even as a small child.
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Here are some of my favorite books to add to your summer reading list:
If you like chick-lit
What exactly is chick-lit? Well, it is kind of what it sounds like- literature for chicks. This is the text version of chick-flicks (think romantic comedies). While I enjoy reading some non-fiction and some more serious novels, chick-lit is the perfect genre for light, summer reading.
The story is about a 38 year old woman named Grace who is a popular lifestyle blogger. You’ll follow her journey of ending her marriage, losing her old lifestyle and blog, and the new life and friends she makes at “divorce recovery” therapy. I could not put down this book- with many plot twists and turns and a focus on lifestyle blogging it was a great book! Perfect to toss in your beach bag or devour while sipping margaritas on your back deck.
If you loved Ladies’ Night, you might also like Summer Rental also by Mary Kay Andrews (and a another perfect summer read!)
This is a great book that reminds you to appreciate the one you are with and also gives a look back into the feelings of the one that got away. I think we all have a love in our lives who “got away” or ended up not being the one we were meant to be with. This books explores those feelings while the main character Ellen navigates a brand new marriage. It also takes place in New York and will make you crave a visit to NYC (or maybe I’m just slightly biased because I call this great city my home!)
If you want to see the movie after
Nothing is better than reading a great book and then getting a chance to see it transformed into a movie. I love going to the movies as much as I love reading (plus there’s popcorn!) It is always fun to see if what the filmmakers created matches the visions of your head, critiquing
I absolutely loved this book! I thought the movie left a lot to be desired, but this book was a serious page turner. I started reading in on the Metro North train back to my home state of CT from NYC one weekend I was going home (yes, I’m that girl reading Girl on the Train on the…. train!) It is a dark mystery story that looks into the lives of people witnessed out the train window and how all of their lives end up intertwined. There’s mystery, there’s romance, there’s plot twists- it has all the makings of a page-turner. The book takes place in London but the movie version actually takes place in NYC and on that very Metro Train I started reading it on which made me have to see the movie!
You may have already seen the movie, but this is still a must-read book. A mystery novel that borderlines psychological thriller and gives you the dose of chick lit you crave, this book is a can’t put down page turner. Perfect for binging on a long road trip or summer travels. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly suggest reading the book before you catch the flick.
This is a classic coming-of-age novel that I could read over and over again. Even if you’ve read it a million times before, you will find something new to fill your heart. One of my all time favorite quotes comes from this book:
“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” Any book with a magical line like that is a novel that can be read over and over again. It is an easy read that will give you something different depending on what stage of life you are in.
If you want to improve your blog
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If you want to give it as a gift
This is just such a special book. I have given it once as a gift, complete with a prayer box for my friend that I gave it too. My mom after reading this book gave me my own prayer box for Christmas one year. If you need to give a sentimental gift that will be cherished forever, pair this book with a prayer box. This book shares the story of a woman discovering an older women who has recently passed on prayer boxes with letters and stories of her entire life. The journey of discovery of the story of the old woman, and the self discovery of the one who finds the letters is truly breathtaking and magical.
Read this, give it as a gift, and keep this book in rotation. I absolutely loved this book.
You may have heard of Elizabeth Gilbert from her super popular book turned into a movie Eat, Pray, Love. This book speaks (loudly!) to anyone who has a creative mind and is involved in going through the creative process. If you want to find your passion and sing it from the rooftops, this book is for you. I suggest this under books to give as a gift as I think that in the right hands this book can be extremely powerful. Gift it to someone who you know is looking for the reason to take their passion or art to the next level.
If you want to read the book that inspired this blog!
If you are new to my blog , I am TOTALLY obsessed with:
I could go on and on about how amazing this book is, but I’ll direct you to my book review where I already did that.
What is on your summer reading list? I’d love some recommendations from you!