This month’s reading list is a little over the place. We have two (amazing) beach reads that I blew through in under two days each, a memoir that brought me to tears, and a book that took me a long time to read because I had a really hard time getting into it (but one I got into it, I loved it). As always, for even more book recommendations, don’t forget to check out last month’s reading list and our book club page where you can filter and sort by genre to find the perfect book!
And if you have a minute – please comment and tell me what you are reading – your suggestions are always my favorite!!!
* Romancing the Throne by Nadine Courtney Jolie was so much fun to read. I don’t know why I love reading about the royals so much but I do. Maybe it’s because they’re a bit of an escape right now, given our own political climate? If you loved The Royal We (one of my favs from last year), you will love this one! It details two sisters… best friends.. who fall for the same guy – the Prince! It could easily be Kate + Pippa Middleton fan fiction (who knows!?) and it’s the perfect light, fun, summer beach read. You won’t be able to put it down.
* Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer is another fun, light beach read. I discovered this one via Talbot’s Summer Book Club (full disclosure – they sent me all the books from the book club and we did a sponsored Instagram post together). Nancy Thayer is one of my favorite summer authors… her books are easy and fun to read (and usually take place in Nantucket, where Thayer has lived for 32 years!) They’re like a pint of chocolate ice cream – you’ll want to sit down with them and gobble up the whole thing. Last summer, I read (and loved!) The Island House – her books are light and fun. This one has the main character (Darcy) happily living on Nantucket when her ex-husband and his new family move in next door. Drama ensues!
* This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell took me a while to get into. I think it’s because there are so many characters, all with very complicated relationships. So it took a while but once I was in, I was in. The main character Daniel lives in Ireland with his (recluse of an ex-film star) wife. Meanwhile he has his own children who live in California. Things surface from the past and he has to go back to America. It’s a love story, and it’s a little bit all over the place, but it’s worth taking the time to read because the story is really beautifully written.
* The Rules Do Not Apply, by Ariel Levy, has gotten a lot of press. And it’s totally devastating. I knew before opening it that it would tear me apart but I wanted to read it all the same. It deals with love and loss in a major way. I am not someone who cries a lot but this made me cry. First we learn about her feminist/slightly unconventional upbringing, and then it tells the love story between her and her ex-wife Lucy… from there she experiences a series of devastating, dramatic losses. I don’t want to tell you everything that happens or I’ll ruin it, so I will just tell you it’s really sad… but also, I think, an important read. If you’ve ever felt like you were watching your whole life unravel (I have, though to a much lesser degree than Levy), you will be able to relate. It’s messy, heartbreaking, and deeply moving.