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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List 2019 - The books we are currently reading and want to read throughout the rest of 2019. Thrillers, fiction, mystery, true crime & more!

This last week I’ve been talking here and there about getting back into reading again. I used to read 1-3 books per week and with my last job as a flight attendant I had tons of down time for reading. I think it’s so important to keep your mind stimulated and to do something other than being on the phone, watching T.V., etc. Especially with blogging & IG being my full-time job now.. I need something different in my life! This is why we’ve decided to create a Summer Reading List that we’re sharing with all of you.

Last year I started a book club – and while I enjoyed it.. I put pressure on myself to make it something more.. As a result I found myself not wanting to do it. This was totally my doing. This time around I’ve decided to make an informal fun reading list that I can share with all of you.. full of info on favorite books we’re reading, reviews of books we’ve read, and books we’ve added to our summer reading list.

What We’re Currently Reading

Kristy: I’m a reading a book right now that a friend gave to me – Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews. It’s about a blogger who found out that her husband is cheating on her… total beach read and perfect book to kick off my summer reading! Click here to shop the book.

Emma: I’m reading a book called Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger. It’s about a New York Writer who’s life is turned upside down once she discovers that her childhood was not what she thought it was. I don’t want to spoil it too much for you but it’s SO good! Click here to shop the book.

Below we’re sharing our summer reading list full of books that we’re looking forward to reading..

Kristy’s Summer Reading List

Genres I like: Thriller, Political Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Mystery, Biographies

  • My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. Genre: Thriller. Looks like a suspenseful page-turner. Really excited about this one! More about the book: “Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with. We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.” Click here to shop the book.

  • Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfreey. Genre: Romance. I love anything that has to do with a man portrayed as Tom Hanks’ character in the . movie, Sleepless in Seattle. Definitely reading this one. More about the book: “Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron. She spends her days writing screenplays, rewatching Sleepless in Seattle, and waiting for her movie-perfect meet-cute. If she could just find her own Tom Hanks—a man who’s sweet, sensitive, and possibly owns a houseboat—her problems would disappear and her life would be perfect. But Tom Hanks is nowhere in sight. When a movie starts filming in her neighborhood and Annie gets a job on set, it seems like a sign. Then Annie meets the lead actor, Drew Danforth, a cocky prankster who couldn’t be less like Tom Hanks if he tried. Their meet-cute is more of a meet-fail, but soon Annie finds herself sharing some classic rom-com moments with Drew. Her Tom Hanks can’t be an actor who’s leaving town in a matter of days…can he?” Click here to shop the book.
  • The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger. Genre: Fiction. I’m fascinated by the college admission scandal and this fiction book sounds interesting. More on the book: “Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, The Gifted School is a keenly entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile-up with long-held secrets and lies. Seen through the lens of four families who’ve been a part of one another’s lives since their kids were born over a decade ago, the story reveals not only the lengths that some adults are willing to go to get ahead, but the effect on the group’s children, sibling relationships, marriages, and careers, as simmering resentments come to a boil and long-buried, explosive secrets surface and detonate. It’s a humorous, keenly observed, timely take on ambitious parents, willful kids, and the pursuit of prestige, no matter the cost.” Click here to shop the book.
Summer Reading List 2019 - The books we are currently reading and want to read throughout the rest of 2019. Thrillers, fiction, mystery, true crime & more!
  • Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand. Genre: Historical Fiction. Dying to read this east-coast based summer read! More about the book: “Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha’s Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country.” Click here to shop the book.
Summer Reading List 2019 - The books we are currently reading and want to read throughout the rest of 2019. Thrillers, fiction, mystery, true crime & more!
  • Park Avenue Summer by Renée Rosen. Genre: Historical Fiction. I love reading about girl bosses living out their dreams. More on the book: “It’s 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine’s brazen new editor in chief—Helen Gurley Brown—shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all things off-limits…New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss, who leaves her small Midwestern town to chase her big-city dreams and unexpectedly lands a job working for the first female editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown.” Click here to shop the book.

More books that I want to read:

Emma’s Summer Reading List

Genres I like: True Crime, Romance, Thriller, Murder-Mystery, Non Fiction, Historical Fiction

Summer Reading List 2019 - The books we are currently reading and want to read throughout the rest of 2019. Thrillers, fiction, mystery, true crime & more!
  • Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark. Genre: Nonfiction. I listen to their podcast “My Favorite Murder” weekly & love these girls. Can’t wait to read their new book. Click here to shop this book.
Summer Reading List 2019 - The books we are currently reading and want to read throughout the rest of 2019. Thrillers, fiction, mystery, true crime & more!
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama. Genre: Nonfiction. I actually own this book and have been meaning to read it for awhile now. Very excited to hear her thoughts on her life and marriage. Click here to shop this book.
Summer Reading List 2019 - The books we are currently reading and want to read throughout the rest of 2019. Thrillers, fiction, mystery, true crime & more!
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. Genre: Fiction. Really excited about this adventurous book.. here’s a little excerpt from the back of the book: “In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.” NYT Best Seller. Click here to shop this book.
Summer Reading List 2019 - The books we are currently reading and want to read throughout the rest of 2019. Thrillers, fiction, mystery, true crime & more!
  • The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston & Mario Spezi. Genre: True Crime. Really interested to read this.. I love true crime books! More about the book: “In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his family to Italy. Then he discovered that the olive grove in front of their 14th century farmhouse had been the scene of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer known as the Monster of Florence. Preston, intrigued, meets Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to learn more. Then in a bizarre twist of fate, Preston & Spezi become targets of the police investigation.” SO INTERESTING! Click here to shop this book.
Summer Reading List 2019 - The books we are currently reading and want to read throughout the rest of 2019. Thrillers, fiction, mystery, true crime & more!
  • The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry. Genre: Thriller. Kinda scary-seeming. I have it on my list but it’s a little creepy. Here’s information from the back of the book: “Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own. But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature. Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah’s attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie’s behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.” Creepy right?! Click here to shop the book.

More books I want to read:

What do you think of our summer reading list? Have you read any of the books listed? Also, have you read any really good books recently that we should add? How about the books on your summer reading list? Let us know in the comments below!

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xo,
Kristy

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206 thoughts on “Summer Reading List

  1. I RECOMMEND where the crawdads sing aldo found out that reese wiTherspoon got the movie right to this as well
    All my best
    Suzanne

  2. Ive been dying to read Becoming by michellE obama. I bought it for a friend & wish i bought it for myself haha i havent read the others on this list but a few ive been seeing a lot of lately so im hoping to get to them. As far as books i have read & loved, wisdom of sundays by oprah & also born a crime by trevor Noah are my top 2!

  3. Hi kristy, im dyibg to read LaDies night and becomIng michelle Obama. The book im reading is thr woman in cabin 10. This was such a great idea to talk about reading. I used to read all the time. Excited yo start again. Xo teri.

  4. These all look so good – not sure which one i want to read next – maybe BEautiful Lies! I did read Summer of 69. I recommend Evvie DrKe Starts oveR – really sweet Story:)

  5. I have Not read any on your list, but, summer of ‘69 sounds great! The book on my list to read is the female persuaSion by meg wolitzer. Thanks For having this great Contest! I love following you and jeff. 😊

  6. I want to read either Beautiful Lies or My Lovely WIfe- those both sound great! I just started Where the Crawdads sing after it was recommended by many of my friends!

  7. Thank you for this post. I just started reading again now that my kids are a little older. I recently finished a Place for us by fatima mirza and it was excellent. From yOur list it seems like i would enjoy, my lovely wife, the gifted school or park avenue summer. Thank you for the suggestions

  8. love this list! I’m very interested in the gifted schoOl. I’m reading summer of 69 now And reallY enjoying it!

  9. Im currently reading The third book Of the Southern side of paradise, fun Summer series! I’d also love to read the summer of ‘69. I love reading, thank you for this List!! So many great books to add to my wish list!

  10. Thanks for this great book list!
    Park Avenue SUMmer and the monster of florence sound intriguing! They are now on my reading list in addition to city of girls!!

  11. AlL these books look interesting. I discovered Mary kay andrews years ago, love everything she writes. Currently reading the other woman by daniel silva. His books are modern day suspense extraodinaire❣️

  12. yay! This is so fun! I’ve read the great alone (fantastic🙌)by Kristin Hannah and several of her other books. the nightingale is amazing! I Am looking forward to reading breakthrough and unplanneD. several you have listed here Seem INTERESTING as well. 😊

  13. I Would love to read all the books listed!! My top pick would be Ladies night! We are Reading SIlent PATIENT in my book club this month. It is a rwal page turner!!

  14. Great post! I have read several of the books on your list. Some that I would recommEnd are Verity and It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, also The NightingalE by Kristin Hannah.

  15. I’ve been dying to read ‘where the crawdads sing’ and am waiting until my week long staycation to open it up. I’ve read little fires everywhere which is on Emma’s reading list and it Is so good! She’s going to love it!!

  16. I love, love, love that you are encouraging reading! I tend to read personal develoPment books And one of my favorites is “better than before” by gretchen rubin. I am currently reading her “four tendencies” book. Of the books above, i have not read them but i did find the “park avenue summer” intriguing! Thanks for your positive spirit in all that you do and for your love and concern with those sweet baby birds!

  17. I Recommend “educated”. Very good read. I do want to read “wiSkey in a tea cup” and “where the crawdads sing”.

  18. Our book clUb loved reading The Great Alone! I’m READING Daisy Jones and The Six now On Martha’s Vineyard but HAVEN’T read any Of the other books on your list! I would love to win your fuN give awaY!!I love all that tou Do sweet Kristy Wicks!keep up the amazing blogging!

    Much Love to you & Jeff!!

    XO Susie

  19. Such Great picks! I haven’t read any of these yet, but BecomIng is DEFINITELY At the top oF my list. And that Tom Hanks one sounds hilarious!

  20. I HAVEN’T read any of these yet but they all look really good. I am currently reading build an empire by elena cardone.

  21. Just finished “women Talking”. I had high hopes for it but sadly it WASN’T my fave… So many on your list aRe on mine too! I’d love to read “The Gifted School” next!

  22. Hi kristy, i reaLly enjoy reading, lucky for me my 3 1/2 yr old just started pre-k (3 hrs per day) which means i can finally have “me” Time and read. I would love to Read “lie my doctor told me” by dr. Ken berry.

  23. Ive been dying to read Girl wasH your face by Rachel Hollis! I always see it pop up on my feed and it seems so motivational!

  24. Hi Kristy (and emma!),

    I have not read any of the books On your list. i just finished “Normal People” by Sally Rooney and loved it-i See why it has been soooo popular!

  25. I RECOMMEND “the women in cAbin 10” COULDN’T put it dOwn. Also going to read ladies night from the list above i have not read any book above. Trying to read 2 books a month this summer.

    -thank you for all the suggestions! -joy

  26. I RECOMMEND “the women in cAbin 10” COULDN’T put it dOwn. Also going to read ladies night from the list above and also where the crawdads sinG. i have not read any book above. Trying to read 2 books a month this summer.

    -thank you for all the suggestions! -joy

  27. I loved reading “Becoming” by michelle Obama. It was so interesting to read the backstory of the Obama family’s journey to the whItehouse and Gain behind-the-scenes insight on President Obama’s leadership and Commitment to Our nation. As a southerner, i look Forward to reading reese witherspoon’s book, “whiskey in a tea cup,” this summer.

  28. Hi Kristy!
    Thank you for your book suggestions!
    I have not read any of these but would love To read some!
    I usually read books on health and
    Wellness. ❤️

  29. HeY Kristy!
    I’m dying to read beautiful lies… it looks so good! My dad passed aWay when i was 17 (23 yrs ago)and i’ve been doing a lot of thinking & research The past Couple of years about my childhood and how it really wasn’t All roses like i Thought. I feel like this book may just speak to me and what i’m going through right now.
    Currently i am reading where the crawdads sing-sooo good!
    Xo!

  30. I love these lists; i have read both the Liane Moriarty book and the celeste ng book that emma Has on her list and i loved them both. I really aM looking forward to reading The monsTer of florence and The Great alone!!
    On your list Kristy, i am obsessed with The summer of 69, its been on my list for awhile now. Im also so so so looking forward to reading looking for Tom Hanks—because who isnt?!?!!!

  31. Loved the Great AlOne – couldnt put it doWn. I didn’t love the crawdads book- but my bookclub loved it. I want to read educated, nine perfect strangers, snd maybe You should talk to someone is on my goodreads list. Currently reading- the last mrs parrish

  32. i used to be such an avid reader, then cOllege happened and my major Required sOoo much reading that i never wanted To read fOr pleasure anymore. But its been a year and half out OF school and my son iS abOut to be one so life is settling down and i crave a good read! Ive been reading a good devotional by ruth simmons called grAcelaced and im eyeing jordan lee dooley’s own your everyday currently! I HAVEN’T read any on your list yet but a few of them sound like they need to make their way Over to my list!

  33. I’m a sucker for romance novels or historical fiction…or historical fiction romance novels! LOL I would love to read “Waiting for Tom Hanks” (b/c who ISN’T waiting for Tom hanks) and “Park AVenue summer” (the cover reminds me of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s)!!!

  34. I haven’t read any of these yet, but I really want to read ‘Little Fires EVERYWHERE’. I just got done reading ‘City of Girls’ and ‘Where the crawdads sing.’ they were both so very different but both great summer reads!

  35. I have not read any of these but i have read a few of mary kay andrews books! There are a couple on your list that look sooooo good….the perfect child and park ave summer. need to go order them!

  36. HiHi Kristy,

    I Am truly inspired by your words! I also used to be a voracious reader AnD would love to get back to that PASTIME.

    your reading list is intriguing and I hope to cram several into the end of my summer
    If YoU haven’t, Wally Lamb , is one of my favorite all-time authors…”the hour i first believed” and “she’s come undone” my teo favoriteS

    1. AS FOR THE TWO QUESTIONS YOU ASK FOR YOUR GIVE AWAY…..
      1. IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I READ A GOOD TRUE CRIME SO I MAY JUST START WITH Emma’s SUGGESTION OF “The monster of FLORENCE”

      2. I HAVE NOT YET READ ANY OF THE BOOKS ON YOUR LISTS, BUT HOPE TO!

      3. For goodness sake, forgive all the typOs in my original message…no idea what happened there lol

  37. I am anxious to read the next book in the oUtlander series. I HAVEN’T read any of the books listed above but have read one of kristen hannah’s books and absolutely loved it! WoulDn’t mind read the great alone by her either. Love escaping into another world for a little while!

  38. I am anxious to read the next book in the oUtlander series. I HAVEN’T read any of the books listed above but have read one of kristen hannah’s books and absolutely loved it! WoulDn’t mind read the great alone by her either. Love escaping into another world for a little while! I recommend the nightengale. One of the best books i have Read and moving.

  39. Hi Kristy!
    I am really wanting to read Ladies Night, it Sounds Fab! Thank you so much for giving us all these suggestions!! :)

  40. Ive been wanTing to read Elim hildeRbrands new book as well as mary kay andreWs new one. Michelle obama’s looks GReat. I miss reading as much as I used to as well.

  41. Im cUrrently reading “The Great Alone” fantastic! I Also loved “The NightingaLe” and “Firefly Lane” by Kristin Hannah! And Im listening to “Where the Crawdads Sing” On Audible. Great also!

  42. Hi Kristy!
    i have not read any of the books on the list, but would love to read Beautiful Lies or Becoming on my way to Barcelona 😉
    ThaNks,
    Nancy

  43. I’ve read Where the Crawdads Sing, Little Fires Everywhere &The great alone. All were awesome reads! I would like to ready Lianne Moriarty’s newest Nine perfect strangers because i’ve loved several of her other books! I’m sure you’ve read Big little lies! And seen the hbo shows about it. So good! Almost as juicy as the BACHELORETTE! Lol!

  44. Im currently reading An Anonymous girl and loving it. My lOvely wife sounds like one i need to add to my summer Reading. i Recommend Basically anything written by kristen Hannah. I saw Emma had her on her list. I have read several by her this summer and really enjoy her writing. I know you Two will love her. Happy ReadIng!! I just started reading again this summer and im enjoyiNg my new hobby. Bring on the books. Pick me, pick me!!:) Now i just need to get my patio to looK like yours and i’ll enjoy reading outside. :)

  45. I have not ready any on your list but several of them are on my wish list. I would love to read The great alone. I love kristin hannah books!

  46. I HAVENT READ A BOOK IN MONTHS, MAYBE A COUPLE OF YEARS. I am SO BAD, LOL. I WOULD LOve TO GEt BACK INTO READING. You reCommended so many Good books, but i think i wouLd like reading the book Emma is reading – “Beautiful lieS”. I have always Favored mysterIes and crime novels 😊

  47. What a list! Would love to read park abenue summer it looks So cute and interesting. I just read american princess: the many libes of allene tew and loved it! Such a strong female main character and interEsting histOry!

  48. Love this idea. I have gotten away from READING on a regular basis.so good for Your mind body and soul. The last book that i read was girL go wash your face.
    I really want to read Michelle Obamas book.

  49. I am just starting beautiful lies and i am so excited given emma’s thoughts! I havent read any of the others on the list but I am dying to get my hands on the home edit book This suMmer :)

  50. I haven’t read any on your summer reading list, yet. I do love to read and I read a lot.
    On my wish list:
    where the CRAWDADS sing by delia owens
    One i would recommend to you: beautiful reins by jess walter.

  51. I want to read becoming for sure!! I am in graduate school so no time right now for reading have five classes left and have been making my PERSONAL reading list for when i graduate!!! All of the books on this list sound fabulous though would read All of them!!! Thanks foe the list

  52. Im reading Becoming right now with MIchelle Obama, love it. But wiuld live to win Ladies Night!!! Sounds intriguing!!

  53. I recently just started READING again and am currently reading The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. Its prett good!
    Im not sure which one of the books you listed i would read first. I usually go By the Title of the book, so im thinking i would probably like park avenue summer, the perfect child and summer of ‘69. I was boRn in 1957 and the 60’s were a very happy decade for me for so many reasons so i love movies and books from the 60’s!! Im Really excited about having an actual list of books to choose from!
    Thank you!! Joyce❤️

  54. I have read a Couple Of these bookS ..The Great Alone, Ladies Night and im currently reading summer of 69. There are so many great Books out there to read but never Enough time. Thanks for some new titles and hosting this giveAway. Fingers crossed!

  55. I just diScovered Wendy wax. Im reading a series of hers now based on the Gulf coast in florida. Also, kristy woodson harvey is a newer find for me. I also really enjoy Elin Hilderbrand!

  56. I have read ‘Where the crawdadS sing’ and ‘The Great aloNe’ and loved them both! I would like to read ‘summer of 69’ sounds interestinG!

  57. I haven’t read any of these…yet! There’s a fEw that are on my list & some that i just Added. I’m currently reading the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy and love it!

  58. I am looking forward to READing “the perfect child”. I am surprised, but i HAVE not read any of these books. Great list!

  59. Ive done a ton of reading this summer…but none of yours. They all look soo good, but if i had to choose one, it would have to be summer of ‘69. Thats the year i graduated from college so sure It would bring back lots of memories.

  60. Hi kristy! Sadly, I’ve only read one book this summer, “where’d you go, bernadette.” The book, “my lovely wife” sounds like a scary read! Thanks for the Recommendations!

  61. Hi Kristy and emma! Love your lists! I have read educated, which i really likeD and Becoming which i lOved! I just ordered Summer of 69 and where the crawdads sing to read next. I also read a great one called spark of light which was about the abortion issue and how it affects both sIdes which i thought was timely with whats been happening In the states. Keep up the great work, i love yoUr feed, stories and blog!

  62. I read My LoveLy wofe and loved it!! I read a lot of thrillers and usually can predict them, but this one had me guessing. I also love my favorite murder but didn’t enjoy their book as much as I thought I would. I am looking forward to reading the new rikey sager book!

  63. Thanks for the chance to win!! I want to read My Lovely wife !! I’ve already read Summer of 69. Love Elin and Kristin Hannah toO

  64. Hi!! Im currently reading ‘Little Fires everywhere’ and would love to Read ‘city of girls’ next! Thanks for all of these other suggestions!

  65. so excited to see you talk books! I read “The great alone” earlier this year and thought it was amazing! “Becoming” was fasCinating and much more personal than i anticipated. I’m anXious to get my hands on “City of Girls” and “The lager queen of mInnesota”.

  66. Hello beautiful Lady, Kristy,
    I stop reading a couple of years and stayed focus on making money to support my little family. I haven’t read any of your books but would love to start. I’m a single mom , very busy but little time to relax.
    I would pick Waiting for Tom Hank’s. Love romance or The Great ALONE.. Thank you for sharing your list with us.. Much love and respect.

  67. So happy to see the new collaboratIon💕
    I am currently reading Educated, just started😊. Love both of your listS and all look great, particularlY Beautiful lies! Ive read the Great Alone, very good.
    Looking FORWARD to following your reading suggestions, and Hope to win the books!

    Thanks for the inspiRAtion & Happy reading!

  68. I have read The great alone & becoming. I just finished reading ghosted and daisy jones and the six in the last 2 weeks. I just started the gifted school, it was my book of the month pick for july!

  69. I have The great alone & becoming. I just finished reading ghosted and daisy jones and the six in the last 2 weeks. I just started the gifted school, it was my book of the month pick for july.

  70. Hi!
    You have some great books on this list. I want to READ summer of 69 as I am facinated with nantucket. I still have to visit this island and love to read books in which the story takes place on this island.
    I read and found facinating MICHELLE obama’s book.
    At the MOMENT i am READING and recommend, johnathan safran foer’s everything is illuminated, its sooo good.

  71. I think i would love to read my lovely wife next.

    I have read a lot on your lists! I aM reading the SUMMER of 69 right now and loving it. I have read EDUCATED, the great alone, LITTLE fires everywhere and where the crawdads sing. I started becoming but never finished it.
    Thank you for chancevtonwim!

  72. i HAVEN’T read An any books on your list, although I would like to read Michelle Obama’s becoming.

    The next book on my reading list is the wartime sisters, but there were a few from your list that look good so I’m going to add them to my 500+ list. There’s just so many books And not enoigh time.

  73. 1. Ladies night was great!
    2. Dying to read becominG
    3. Love kristin hannah
    4. Most of these sound great…i love reading

  74. I’d like to read becoming next! I cant believe it, but i habent read any of these-but it looks like an awesome list of recommendations!!!

  75. I have not read any of these books. But wOuld love to read Where the crawdads sing. The couple next door & becoming by michelle obama.

  76. I have been super into summer rEading snd i have a goal to read 5-10 books before i head bsck to school in the fall! I am interested in park avenue summer, my lovely wife, and the per child! All of those look Like great books. I have resd the gifted school which was a WONDERFUL easy read and kept me wanting to rEad more. I also read becoming which was a great bokk!

  77. Hi! love this! I’ve read Educated, Little fires everywhere, and a window opens. All good reads! your list is great – there are several here that i’m definitely going to try to read. currently i’m reading i’ll be your blue sky by marisa de los santos. it’s a perfect summer book.

  78. Thank you for always being to kind to your followerS. I haven read aNy of these, but i love a thriller, so the Lovely Wife looks fun!

  79. Currently reading “summer of 69”. Have read Michelle Obama “Becoming. I like anything written by Kristin hannah and Mary Kay Andrews.

  80. I haven’t read any on the list but they all sound right up my alley, saving so I can start checking them off! I’m excited to get into city of girls and my sister is a serial killer.

  81. Great list! Haven’t read any of these, but would love to read Park avenue summer and becoming Michelle Obama. Will add them to my list! Thanks for sharing!!

  82. I would like to read Park Avenue Summer. Im currently reading The WatchMakers Daughter. I really liked Where the crawdads Sing.

  83. I just got done reading A thousand days in tuscany and the umbrian THURSDAY night supper club both written by marlena dE blasi… yes, there is a theme lol! All things italy!! 🥰 i just bought beautiful lies…bringing to our lake house this weekend.. cant wait! ! Happy reading!!

  84. Love this give away!! I just bought where the crawdad sungs and cant wait to read it!! Ive read The Outsider by Steven King its so goOd! Its A loOks deceiving but i read it in a weekend! I totally want to read BecoMing by michelle Obama i love her so much. Enjoy yOur book!

  85. Im a bug fan if Emma’s pics. Stay sexy and DoN’t get murdered is my favourite podcast. Im addicted and a full fledged murdErino!! I also love Kristin Hannah. The great alone is fabulous!! Love all the picks!

  86. Ahhh books! I love them! Many of these titles are already on my “Want to read” Good Reads list. The perfect child sounds really good. I read anonymous girl and really liked it. I love liane moriarty but nine perFect strangers was one of my least favorites of hers. I also love elin hildebrand so sUmmer of 69 is on my lisy. If you haven’t read the perfect couple by her yoy must! Verity is also a great book injust finished and im currently reading a nearly noRmal family.

  87. I love reading! It’s one of my FAVOURITE ways to wind down after a long day! I’m cuRrently reading “born to run” by christopher mcdougall. I HAVEN’T read any of the books on your lists, but after reading this post there are a few i am definitely adding to my list! The perfect child and my lovely wife sound good — i love thRiller Novels so thanks for the suggestions!! 😊 what a fun gIveawaY!!

  88. What a great choice of books! I just love summer reading.
    I have not read any of the books you listed but would love to . As well i am IntereSted in reading “the lakehouse “ and “where the crawdads sing” have a great evening!!

  89. Thank you for sharing these great books. I would love to read becoming by Michelle Obama. I’m currently reading #imomsohard. It’s a great book for every mom out there and a fun read to read with girlfriends. Would totally recommend it. Thanks so much Kristy! Happy reading

  90. Kristy,
    The Great alone was a favorite of mine and kept my interest until the very end. Such rich Characters! Next up, becoming michelle obama! Thank you for posting this summer reading list! CheerS!

  91. I read edUcated, hard to understand PEOPLES way of life so brave of her to share. i do want to Read michelle obAmas
    Book, i like historical books, i also enjoyed lisa see the tEa girl from HUMMINGBIRD lane a great read, wonderful writer

  92. I’ve read MICHELLE Obama’s book and the Great Alone. I suggest the nightingale, The GoldFinch and all the light you cannot see. Great Reads

  93. Those are all great book choices and on my to be read list!!!

    I just finished stay sexy and don’t get murdered. I’m currently reading Chelsea handler’s new book- life will be the death of me.

  94. Great books! I’ve read Ladies Night, BecomIng, Summer of ‘69 & The Great Alone and they were all great. I’m currently Reading Where The Crawdads Sing which I love so far.
    I’d love to read The Gifted SchOol.
    Happy reading!

  95. I really want to read where the crawldads sing! Our little just tUrned 1 and i have been a reading slacker! 🙈 i hAvent read any oF these but i have read several Kristen Hannah books and i love them all!!!

  96. The book of the sunmer seems to be “where the crawdads sing”. Im currently readinf it and its wonderful! Highky recommend “little fires everywhere” which will be a mini series On hulu in the fall.

    1. Ps: gorgot to MENTION That although i HAVEN’T read any of the books on your list i do want to read “summer of 69” which another friend highly recommended.

    2. I recognize many of these books on your list Fr from my oldest daughter’s reading recommendations. I s I saw Michele oBsma’s show, “becomIng” An and listen to her audiobook. fabulous! I’v i’ve copied down your list And will finish them one by one as everything you recommend is usually golden! thank you!

    3. I recognize many of these books on your list Fr from my oldest daughter’s reading recommendations. I saw Michele oBsma’s show, “becomIng” An and listen to her audiobook. fabulous! i’ve copied down your list And will finish them one by one as everything you recommend is usually golden! thank you!

  97. I have been wanting to read “where the crawdads sing”. It’s a story based on the Carolina coast and we have just moved here. We were TRANSFERRED herE with work and I want to find something to connect to. looking forward to working through your list of summer reads as well 😉

  98. I have not read any of these! Next on my list would be the summer of 1969. im reading the storytellErs sECret right now which is a Great one!

  99. I’Ve made nOte of all the bOoks Listed beca This is a great way to spread my reading wings. HOWEVER, i plan to start with “the monster of florence”. After that i’ll pick one that’s a little more light hearted. Thanks for sharing.

  100. Hi! Im currently ReadinG unsolved by james patterson. It is so good! I noticed it was on your list. I recommend reading invisible by james patterson beforehand. It will proVide more of a background on the characters.

    I just finished the assistants whIch is An enjoyable read and nice break from the thrillers i NORMALLY gravitate towards. Next up is a nearly normal Family bY mt edvardsson and lock every door by riley sager. He has great thrillers!

  101. Just purchased where the crawdads sing and cant wait to get started on it and i think my next book wIll be my lovely wife, love mystery, suspense!

  102. I want to read the Cozy Minimalist Home. I love Styling books that Give tips and tricks on making a home warm and cozy. I HAVEN’T read any of the books on your list but i hope you enjoy Some tIme relaxing and reading tHis summer! What a fun give away!

  103. Reading Summer of ‘69 right now! Love it! Read “The Great Alone” earlier this year- so good! Reall INTERESTED in “The moster of Florence”!!

  104. Hi Kristy and Emma! I have read any books on the list yet, but i have heard wonderful things about “The Summer of ‘69”. I RECENTLY read “Daisy JoneS and the six” and it was greAt! Perfect for Summer! I’m dying to read Where the CrawDaDS Sing! 😀

  105. I have Read Becoming and loved it. I’d like to read summer of 69. BOOKS THAT you SHOULD read are educated and our Little SECRET by Roz Nay!

  106. I read summer of ‘69 and it was really good! Camt wait to read An ANONYMOUS GiRl! Glad you posted these RECOMMENDATIONS! I’ve been lookIng for some new books to read!

  107. I’ve read and recommend “the great aloNe.” Thank you foe the recommendations. I Very much look forward to reading “waiting foR tom hanks.” It looks like a fun read.📚

  108. Hi Kristy. I love reading in any season. I just love books , period. The only book I have read from your list is BECOMING BY MICHELLE OBAMA. I love perusing other people’s to be read lists to add to my own. The book Emma is reading, beautiful lies is one I would be dying to read. I love a good page Turner during a hot day with a glass of iced tea. Thanks for the share and the opportunity to win. Cheers to summer reading

  109. Where the Crawdads Sing by
    Delia Owens and The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. I’ve read The great Alone by Kristin Hannah- soo good! 😍

  110. Dear Kristy and Emma,
    Hi! I am with you both on making mOre time for reading and what a perfect Month for summer reading. The adventure awaits haha! I have not read any of these books yet but they sound interesting. a few are on my reading list already because i like the same genre’s. Im dying to read Unsolved by James Patterson, who Doesn’t love a good crime mystery, Plus j.P. never DISAPPOINTS. I also think the book by Steven King, The Outsider sounds spooky, sOrt of like Thinner which was so good and creepy :-) I enjoy All of SK’s books, he’s one of the best macabre writers, haha. I really like a sweet and silLy romance aNd waiting fOr Tom Hanks sounds fun and Charming. I also want to put little fires everywhere, summer of 69, The monster of florence and Beautiful lies on my list and im super excited to hear reviews about the other books listed. Oh its going to be so fun reading All the review and So interesting. Thanks To bOth of you gals For doing this, a win win! Im Excited, with a smile on my face 😁to check back and Read more of this awesome blog. I love reading too! Thank you, best always! :-)

    1. Oh yes in answer to your Questions….
      1. No, have not read any on your list yet but I’m super excited to add a lot of them to my own writing list.
      2. I would like to read unsolved first, then The Outsider, Beautiful lies, summer of 69, waiting for Tom Hanks, The Monster of Florence and a bunch more! I’m super pumped.
      3. Excuse typos, for some reason this site’s comment section uses capital letters only? It could be me tho haha.
      Ps…I think you and Emma are the Bom diggity!!

  111. HI Kristy- these All sOund great. My book club reads mOsTly PHYSIOLOGICAL thrillers so I’d like to read sOmething different – beComing Or educated are at the top of my list… thanks fOr doing this, love these suggestions!

  112. Hi Kristy!
    I haven’t read any of the books on your list yet. I can’t wait to read Ladies Night. I love Mary Kay Andrews!! I am waiting to read the Great Alone on Libby. ( love liBby!) loved where the crawdads sing. I am currently reading The boy by tami hoag and listening to the murder house by james patterson. I love to read and love all the suggestions. Tha k you for doing this! <3

  113. Hi Kristy!
    I would love to read “becoming” next and “the gifted school!” Sadly i haven’t read a single book on your list. I love reading but with two Small kiddos i rarelY have time to order a book! I tried kindle for a while but found im old fashioned and enjoy holding the real thing! Love your insta, blog and stories! Have a wonderful week

  114. I love to read and love a good book list! The one i see on your list is Where the crawdads sing – is currently on my hold list at the librarY. I read a lot of mysterY and suspense/thrillers and i like a series with a great lead character. Currently read jonathan Kellerman series. Thanks for the suggestionS ladies!

  115. AbSolutely loved beComing! Such an inspiring read. Im dying to read the alchemist or there there! I RECOMMEND reading we Could be beaUtiful. Ugh so good.

  116. Every CHRISTMAS we get a book in our stockings and this year AFter heavy hinTing i got becoming by Michelle Obama. Its such an incredible book and i RECOMMEND any younG woman to read it, she is so Insightful on the struggles of marriage, social class, work and parenting. Its a very interesting GLIMPSE inTo a life usually only seen through the political window.
    The next book i cant wait to read is 12 years a slave by Solomon noRthup. Like most peoplE, ive seen the film, however i feel that hollywood twists a lot of the stories we watch, and what better way to learn than from the man who really wEnt through it all. Im moving to america at the end of summer and So im taking the OPPORTUNITY to Learn more about the countrys history and expand my Understanding.

  117. I havent read any of these books yeT, but “beautiful lies” is on my list. And i would aLso love to read “where the crawdads sing”

  118. Love this part of your blog! Anything by Kristin hannah is amazing. I can wait to read some of the oth you’ve suggested. Adding them tO ‘to be reAd’ list. I’m having a major surgery in a few weeks and reading during the long recovery sounds like just what i need tO pass the time.

  119. What a great list Of books! Several of these are in my list to read. I have read where the crawdaDs sing, educated & becoming. All fabulous!! I love kristin hannah & liane moriarty, & both of theirs you listed are Ones i want to read. I’m finiShing red notice by bill browder right now & it is fascinatinG! Also, daisy jones & the six was a great read. And actually, i listened to the audio version of that one & highly recommend as the different voices made for a Great flow that You may not get through the written format.

  120. I recommend the book “Bunny Mellon” by meryl gordon. Bunny was an american style legend and an avid gardener, she designed the white house rose garden as she was a good friend of jackie kennedy. It is a intimate look at the the ultra rich but also the story of a true lover of gardeniNg. Fascinating! I have resd the book “becoming” as michelle obama is a true inspiration as well!

  121. I haven’t read Any of the books on your lost but becoming has been something im looking forWard to starting! I also really want to read the artemis by andy weir- thE martian was so funny and i cant wait to read his new book!

    1. I have read The Great Alone And would like to read WAITINGFor tom hanks, hope i entered the giveaway in the CORRECT dite, thanks anD i love your happt posts!

  122. Hi kristy! My latest Book was from Stephan r covey. HAVEN’T read any from your list and i would love to read becoming michelle obama Please.
    Thanks kristy

  123. I Would love to Read summer of 69 because i was born in 1969! Ive always been FASCINATED with that year because so much happened… woodstock, first man on the moon, sesame Street debuted, the sharon tate murder, etC. Ive not read any books on the list but Def want to now!

  124. Ive read several of the books on yOur list, and yOu definitely need to read Where the CrawDads sing; iTs phenomenal! Waiting for tom hanks is next on my list!

  125. I haven’t read any of the books mentioned. The one about Tom Hanks looks good though. I want to read An Elegant Defense by Matt Richtell. It’s a health book.

  126. I’ve read Where tHe crawdads sing and educated. Both such great reads!!

    I would love to read nine perfect strangers! Your lists are INTRIGUING to me. I have also been listening yo auUdio books. Enjoy them also!

  127. Hi there! “Becoming” by michelle obama is DEFINITELY a current favorite of mine along with “matiNg in captivity” by esther perel. Would love To get a few from your list too, thanks for the recommendation!

  128. I have read and rEally enjoyed the great alone and becoming. I want to rEad a book called “the anomaly mindset”.

  129. I have read, Michelle Obama book loved it. Looking forward to reading The Monster in Florence, my daughter and i have a trip to Italy planned next year.
    My fingers are crossed hope i win. 😂

  130. So happy you and Emma put this list together!! There are so many good ones on Here! ~ I love reading books in the summeR!! It just adds A touch of comfort to those long relaxing days before the back to school and holiday craziness begins! I have the Summer of ’69 on my list to Buy next!! Xo

  131. Kristy this is an awesome list!!! I love reading OUTSIDE during the summer and have already finished wuite a few! I think “ladies night” or “park avenue summer” would be great to Read next!!

  132. I love this new Lets talk about books 😀 i have read where the crawdads sing. I really enjoyed her descriptive writing in regards to the landscape. I read educated. The dad in the book depressed me, but it was worth reading, good bOok with a good outcome. Now im reading the library book…about the huge fire in the los angeles library. Im enjoying it so far. The LA times included it in their book read for discussion also.
    Other books ive read and enjoyed….the secret life of bees, the kite runner, if you love dogs ❤️🐾racing in the rAin is a real good book. The movie comes out real soon, read the book first! One of the most meaningful books ive ever read is the four agreements, a must read. In regards to beautiful writing and a pulitzer prize winner…all the light we cannot see was a book that i often went back and read paragraphs over again because the writing was so wonderful, you wont be disappointed. I rarely read boojs twice, but this one i will 😀 my hubby and i both resd the hillbilly elEgy another book on the best seller list “forever”, so was all the light we cannot see .
    I think jeff would enjoy the Hillbilly elEgy. I also really enjoyed a book by eb white…the author of charlottes web, surely youve read that ?? His book the trumpet Of the swan was adorable , i lovvvved it 💙enjoy reading 📚❤️

  133. I made it my goal This year to get back to reading for pleaSure, not just for work. I started with the Audible version of Becoming and loved it! The hardest part is Putting a good book down in orDer to do normal stuff like coOking and cleaning!!

  134. I haven’t Read any of these books on you’re list but Im loo for to reading the gifted School. Im not sure why i cant turn my caps off? 😂 weird!

  135. this summer i read “summer of ‘69” & “where the crawdads sing”. my goal is to read 5 books this summer, and not just dR suess or beArenstein bears. Im trying to make more time for myself. Thanks for the recomendaTions!

  136. I recenTly finished where the Crawdads sing. I really enjoyed it but i felt it was a little slow at the beginnIng. I am currently reading a Mary Kay Andrews book bUt i am most looking forward to thr Summer of 69!!

  137. Hi Kristy! I’VE read “the great Alone” by kristen Hannah. Great read! I just ordered “Where the Crawdads sing” and i’m So looking forward to reading it.
    (I’m not sure whY this is typing in all caps, i can’t get it do do lower case letters…🤔)
    Have a fabulous day!

    1. Hi Kristy,
      I want yo read the book educated aboUt a girl that was home schooled
      I have read the Books becoming and the great alone. i highly reComd them. Also i just read an advanced copy if the oYsterville sewing circle by susan wiggs. Tell emma she has to read it !
      Happy reading. Rose

  138. KriSty, if you haven’t read reese witherspoon’s Whiskey in a teacup, do! Part recipes, part anecdotal, part growing Up in the souTh…it’s charming! I think the Tom Hanks book on your list sounds like Good book to get lost in! 😀

  139. I am dying to read “beautiful Lies”, looks very interesting. I have read “Little fires everywhere” and enjoyed iT.

  140. I just finished my lovely wife! So good. I also have read ANONYMOUS girl and i highly highly reccomend the silent paTient!
    Xoxox

  141. Im reading the memoir of Sally Feild….In Pieces. It is so good! Love all of Elin Hildebrand books! Woukd love reading any of the others!! Thank you for always be so generous♥️

  142. This os so fun! All of these sound like great reads. I’m dying to read becoming and, as of reading thIs blog pOst, park avEnue summer. Ive hEard great thInga about where the crAwdads sinG. I read little fires everYwhere Nd the nest. Recommend both!

  143. I have not read any of these books yet. I have read some by Elin HilderbraNd but not the one you mentioned. I Really want to read Becoming. My daughtere read it and absolutely loved it. I am also iNterested in reading educated. I love your instagram!

  144. I think i took a screenshot from every book you guys listed above hahah 🙈 I excited to read “The Monster of Florence” since i just came back from a trip to italy! Also i would 100% RECOMMEND a book called “We were Liars” it keeps you guessing until the very end! Love your blog! Many kisses 😘

  145. I am looking forward to reading the “Rosie Result” by Graeme Simsion. I am currently reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama and am loving it….truly a must read for everyone. I will bookmark your reading list and work through the titles!

  146. Thank you fOr sharing your Reading lIst. I have not read any of tHe ones lIsted. Love all of KrIstin Hannah’s book. Currently reading Three wishes by lIane moriarty.

  147. i’D really line to Read “Waiting For Tom Hanks” it looks like a reallh good summer read :)
    Also, i have Read “The GreaT unknown” and it was really Good! Most of thE books wrItten by that author are hard to put down. The “the NIGHTINGALE” by Kristin Hanna is my all time favorIte!

  148. I have not read any of tHEse, but I’m reading WherE the crawdads sing by Delia Owens and my FAVORITE AUTHOR Harlan Coben Run Away . He is the best!

  149. Can’t wait to add these to my summer reading list! Next book on my list is called the nightingale by kristin hannah. My sister RECOMMENDED it to me! I would love to read that book about tom Hanks! Michelle obama’s Book is also on my list! Im a recent follower and i love watching your ig stories daily!

  150. I read where the crawdads sing which i loved! And i read nine perfect strangers! That one was interesting and kind of INTRIGUING.

    Im going to read park avenue summer next and then summer of 69.

    Thanks for sharing this great list!

  151. Thanks for sharing your list i havenT read any but thErEs a couple that sounD really good id like to read The most fun we Ever had by claire lombardo

  152. I want to read Nine Perfect Strangers and the Mary Kay Andrews Book. So sorry about the all caps – not sure what is going on with my keyboard – caps Lock is not on.

    1. i look like a crazy person now because once I submitted my previous comment the text was mixed case. What I’m typing now is also all caps

  153. I have read Becoming, whiCh i loved. I Might have to check out beautiful lies. Im currently on the wait list at my library for three wishes by liane Moriarty

  154. I am surprised to see that I have not read any of these books, so now I have a perfect list to get me started!
    Lots to choose from….but I have heard lots of great things about Where the Crawdads sing and I am also intrigued by Little Fires Everywhere since I have read Celeste Ng’s other book “Everything I never told you” so I am guessing I might dive into one of those first.

  155. Bonjour kristy & emma!
    HapPily posting that it’s a crazy good idea to start a summer read list. The both of you inspiring ithers to read is fabulous! As an advid reader myself as well as an aspiring writer, i am all “ in” on joining you and your followers in your great summer read!! So super excited! In response to your inquiries:
    1. no, i am sad to say that i have noT read any if your book read list but i do like many of the authors and some interesting new authors as well gOt my attention.
    2. I would love to read my lovely wife by samanTha downing or little fires everywhere by celeste Ng. Add to this, the outsider because stephen king is a fave and a master storyteller with a touch of chilling mystery. James patterson and his series book 1, inviSible & book 2 unsolved, where the crawdads sing, the monster of florence, the PERFECT child, ladies night, bEautiFul lies & educated. anxious to hear the reviews you
    ladies out up and reviews from your followers on their reads.
    3. A few books i feel would be interesting to add tO your summer book list include: Stillhouse lake by rachael caine, the sIlent patient by alex michaelides, etched in sand: a true stiry about siblings wHo survived childhood on long Island by reginA calcaterra. Plus, any classic you can take time to read is a bonus, pUre
    art! Thank you ladies for doing this, i have found titles i would not normally find on here and its pretty awesome. Love your blogging and personalities kristy and emma!

      1. Hi Kristy, a jumbled mess with typos and other MISTYPED wording. Ugh! Anyways excuse that, i may haVe my ipad set up improperly and sYnched in this typesetting arrangement Because i use GRAMMARLY and its a mess in certain sites. So Sorry!

  156. Have you read “The German Girl” by Armando Lucas Correa, “The Rent Collector” by Camron Wright or “Before we were yours” by lisa wingate? Thanks for the recommendations! Added several to my long list of books to read!

  157. I just discovered Jenny Colgan — her books are wonderful!! The Bookshop on the Shore is like A modern Jane Eyre. I read it in two days. Also, the Last Mrs. Parrish is a good psychological thriller.

  158. I love the idea of a reading list instead of the book club. The book club does put a lot of pressure on finishing the books quickly and sometimes I have more time than others to read. I just started the great alone last night! So far so good. I also am really interested in when the crawdads sing. I was going to purchase it but had the Great alone already. I think a great idea would be touching back on them after summer to have a discussion on the ones you did read.

    Thanks for the great suggestions.

    BB

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