It really doesn’t matter if I’m out by the pool or curled up by a fire, there are few things that I enjoy more than a glass of wine & a good book. Since Memorial Day, & the summer, are almost upon us, I wanted to share what’s on my reading list for this summer. I think that summer is the perfect time to pick up a few guilty-pleasure, beach reads. This year I’m hoping to combine those with a few that have been on my to-read list since last fall. What’s on your list this summer?
First on my list is The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel. The Plumb siblings are on the eve of receiving their inheritance, but a reckless older brother has put the family trust at risk. The group must confront each other & their own choices. A massive trust fund, a stint in rehab, & plenty of sibling drama is the making of a great story about family relationships. And let’s be honest, if Amy Poehler recommends it, it’s a must read!
Kate Morton’s The Lake House has been on my list for a while now & I was lucky enough to recently receive a copy in a Goodread’s Giveaway. Another family drama, The Lake House begins on a summer night in the English countryside when the Edevane’s infant son vanishes. Years later, a young detective stumbles upon the estate & the still-unsolved case. The story alternates between the present and the past as the detective and the Edevane’s now elderly daughter unravel the mystery of what really happened on that night in 1933.
Harvesting the Heart is one of the few Jodi Picoult books that I haven’t read yet, so adding it my summer list was a no-brainer. I have long admired her ability to create multi-faceted, & instantly relate able, characters. In Harvesting the Heart, Paige is forced to confront her feelings on her mother’s absence from her life when she has a child of her own. It promises to continue Picoult’s tradition of exploring emotional pain, love, growth, and vulnerability.
Finally, The Vegas Diaries is Holly Madison’s follow-up to her best-seller, Down the Rabbit Hole. It was release this week, so I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet, but plan to make a trip to Barnes & Noble this weekend. The Vegas Diaries picks up where Down the Rabbit Hold left off – Holly has left the Playboy Mansion to reinvent herself in Las Vegas. She is on a mission to leave the stereotypes behind & find her own place in the world, which is something we can all relate to.