Need a good book?


I always used to be a big reader. I’d read a book a week, sometimes more.  But somewhere along the way I stopped reading as much as I used to, and I hate that!  This summer I decided to make an effort to get back into it and am so glad I did.  To me, there is nothing better than being curled up in my PJs or in the tub with a good book.  Here are a handful that I’ve really enjoyed reading this summer.

I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments section… at the rate I’m going, I need some new ones!

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling made me laugh and laugh and laugh.  I had no idea how funny she is, but now I am completely obsessed with her!

Kiss Me First was honestly a little bit creepy but I couldn’t put it down!  My boyfriend sweetly saw this written up in Entertainment Weekly and picked it up for me.  It’s another thriller, and is about the Internet age, chat rooms, cults, and general craziness.  I had a hard time empathizing with the main character but that’s one of the things I liked about the book.  I read this one in two nights while I was sick last week.

The Time Between is a great read, especially if you have a sister.  It details really the struggle between two sets of sisters (and the secrets that they keep.)  It’s a bit slow at times but turns into the most wonderful mystery.  There’s also a little love story in there that appealed to the romantic in me.

What Remains is a really, really sad one, but I highly recommend it.  Carole Radziwell (who I had no idea is one of the Real Housewives of NYC – probably wouldn’t have read this if I knew that.) It was a beautiful memoire of love and loss.  Carole was best friends with Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and married to JFK Junior’s cousin (who was battling cancer.)  As you might imagine, I bawled my eyes out.

A Place At the Table was one of the most feel good books I’ve read all summer.  It’s a testament to the healing power of food and follows three different characters as they fight their individual battles and overcome certain obstacles… intertwined with each other.  It was really beautifully written – I couldn’t put it down.

Reconstructing Amelia is Gossip Girl meets Gone Girl.  I read this in one night.  One night.  I came home from work at 7:30, couldn’t put it down until after midnight.  Such a good one if you love a thriller… I can’t wait for the movie!

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  1. Alana (@goodgrlgoneblog):

    I was just looking for more books to take out from the library! Thanks for the recommendations!

    8.9.13 Reply
  2. Lauren:

    Thanks for the recommendations!

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  3. Lisa:

    I really want to read the Mindy Kaling book . . . I just finished JK Rowling’s mystery book (Cuckoo’s Calling) and I thought it was pretty good. Also, I’m about to start Where’d You Go, Bernadette? which has good reviews on Amazon and seems perfect for the end of summer.

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  4. Rachelle:

    I don’t know why Carole agreed to be in real housewives, she’s so sweet and smart. I need to get Mindy’s book I loved her in the office.

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  5. Bettina:

    Love Mindy! I’d totally forgotten about wanting to read What Remains, I’ll have to add it on to my ipad to read later this month.

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  6. emilylunstroth:

    Just went to B&N and grabbed the kiss me first…and with another two (long flight in my future) cannot wait to dive in!

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  7. Erica:

    I read Beautiful Ruins, behind the beautiful forevers, and Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald recently. I enjoyed all of them, although Z was a little slow at times. And the Mountains Echoed and What Remains are next on my list. I’ll have to add Mindy’s book too!

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  8. hcollier20:

    These are great! I’m also trying to get through a summer reading list. I would definitely recommend “Gone Girl” By Gillian Flynn. I read it in 3 days I couldn’t put it down. Another one I just finished is “Serena” By Ron Rash…also another great read!


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    • Nicole:

      Seconding “Gone Girl”.. read it in four hours flat!

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  9. Becca:

    Oooh! Will you bring me A Place At The Table?? I’ve been wanting to read it – heard good things from you and others! We really need to get a BaubleBar book club going!

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  10. Akaleistar:

    I must read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? 🙂

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  11. Clara:

    Aaaah I needed this! Just finished my current read (Daring Greatly). I think I’m gonna start with A Place at the Table and Reconstructing Amelia. Also, I read What Remains- so sad, but isn’t she an incredible writer? I absolutely loved it.

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  12. The Yuppie Files:

    I’m on the list at my library for Reconstructing Amelia- looks good! Apparently everyone else in the area thinks so too because I’m no. 51 🙂

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  13. Nnenna:

    Thanks for the recommendations! Kiss Me First and Reconstructing Amelia both sound right up my alley. I recently finished The Cuckoo’s Calling and I also thought it was pretty good and I’m currently reading The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. and really enjoying it!

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  14. Fallon Carmichael:

    Downloaded my first audio book on my road trip last week and because of your suggestion I downloaded “Is everyone hanging out without me?”… great read (or listen in my case). Loved it and I’m not an office fan so had I not read your recommendation, I probably would have given it a try. So, thank you! …going to check out the others on your list as well =)

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  15. Whitney:

    After reading and LOVING Gone Girl, this summer I read Sharp Objects, another title by Gillian Flynn. Definitely enjoyed it, but not as much as Gone Girl. I also just read Room and would highly recommend it!

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  16. jananyej:

    Thank you for this wonderful list. I have read Gone Girl and her first book, Sharp Objects is another good one. It is a quick read and is somewhat disturbing and grotesque which is right up my alley. lol. Mindy Kahling’s book is also hilarious! I love the line “who is this brooding greaser” referring to Luke Perry. I downloaded a sample of Kiss Me First and am about halfway through Reconstructing Amelia. Stayed up way past bedtime with that one! Thanks again, all these look interesting. Good recommendations!

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  17. Pam Avoledo:

    Reconstructing Amelia was a crazy read. It’s been years since I read it. However, I remember feeling sorry for Amelia.

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    • grace at the stripe:

      I completely agree. That was so sad.

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